Here’s a report from CBC Ottawa’s Laura Osman about odour issues from the Trail Road Landfill affecting Barrhaven residents in Half Moon Bay:
Some Barrhaven residents are raising a stink about a foul odour wafting through their neighbourhood that they suspect is emanating from the nearby Trail Road landfill.
People living in Half Moon Bay, five kilometres northeast of the landfill, say the funk from the waste facility became much more offensive last summer, and has lingered over the area ever since.
Marilyn Journeaux, the city’s director of solid waste services, told (Councillor Jan) Harder record precipitation is the likely cause of the recent odour.
In an email, Journeaux said the extra moisture allows bacteria to thrive, spurring rapid decomposition of the garbage and producing what Harder called “garbage juice.” That liquid creates a smelly gas that sometimes escapes into the atmosphere..
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This may be relevant to the Stittsville residents as Waste Management continues to finalize plans and approvals for an expanded Carp Road landfill operation. From 2006-2009 (before the landfill was closed and capped), there were 7,500 complaints about the smell from the landfill. If you draw a five kilometer radius around the Carp Road landfill, most homes north of Abbott Street in Stittsville would fall within the boundary.