A garbage truck arrives at the Carp Road Landfill. It's now operated as a transfer station.

Stittsville misses out on bulk of landfill compensation

Only $25,000 of a $600,000 community compensation fund for the Carp Road Landfill has gone to Stittsville.

Councillor Shad Qadri provided StittsvilleCentral.ca with data that shows how much community compensation Waste Management paid for the operation of the Carp Road Landfill.

The landfill operated from 2001 to 2011, but Waste Management continues to contribute to the “Community Initiative Fund” as part  of an agreement signed in 2001 between the company and the City of Ottawa.  The fund has received $613,673 so far from Waste Management.

Of that total, so far $450,000 has been dedicated to nine community projects in Kanata North, Kanata South, West Carleton and Stittsville.  (See map below.) There’s a remaining balance in the fund of $163,673 still waiting to be used.

Only one of those projects was in Stittsville: a $25,000 grant in 2014 to establish a stewardship fund for Kemp Woodland near Sacred Heart High School.  Although the landfill is located in West Carleton,  Stittsville is the closest community.

Map showing the nine community projects funded through the Carp Road Landfill compensation fund.
Map showing the nine community projects funded through the Carp Road Landfill compensation fund.
Year Ward Project Amount
2002 Kanata South Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre(1) $50,000
2009 Kanata South Bridlewood Splash Pad (Bluegrass Park) $40,000
2011 Kanata North Richcraft Recreation Complex Skateboard Park $80,000
2010 Kanata South Katimavik Pool Gazebo Shelter $40,000
2014 Stittsville Kemp Woodland Stewardship $25,000
2005 West Carleton West Carleton Arena Fund(2) $100,000
2006 West Carleton Carp Splash Pad $20,000
2007 West Carleton Buy the Village Green(3) $60,000
2014 West Carleton Constance and Buckham’s Bay Project Sandhills(4) $35,000
Total amount funded  $450,000
Amount remaining in the fund $163,673
1. The funding is believed to have been used for landscaping work when the centre was constructed.
2. The money helped fund the construction of what’s now known as the Cavanagh Sensplex, a public-private partnership between the City and the Ottawa Senators.
3. A community fundraising project aimed at purchasing a parcel of land in Carp to preserve as a public space.
4. A community centre project, part of a joint venture between the city’s Parks & Recreation department, the Ottawa Public Libary, and the community.

 

“There’s been no really local advantage to the community. I think that has to be addressed going forward,” said Harold Moore, who lives in West Carleton close to the landfill. He’s a part COLA (Coalition for Landfill Accountability), an umbrella group of local community associations, including several in Stittsville.

Waste Management and the City of Ottawa are currently negotiating a new Host Community Agreement (also known as a Host Municipality Responsibility Agreement) for the operation of the expanded landfill.  Community compensation is expected to be included in the new agreement.

“We’re the ones who are impacted the greatest by the landfill. People who are now taking advantage of a nice splash pad in Bridlewood, they can’t see [the landfill] from there, they can’t smell it from there, they don’t have impact from the traffic and they don’t see really any of the negative impacts from the landfill. That’s really what the compensation fund is for, to compensate for the negative impacts of having a landfill close by,” said Moore.

Moore said that he has been trying to find out how much money was in this fund, and what is was used for, for years.

“It’s a totally secret process as far as the community is concerned. I’ve been working on this for 10 years almost, and this is the first time I’ve heard this level of detail of information on it,” said Moore.

“If it’s a community compensation fund, I think the community should have more knowledge about it and more say about how it’s spent. I know the councillors are supposed to represent the community but I think they should have some kind of communication with the community, let them know the money is there and ask what types of projects the community would like to see it spent on,” said Moore.


Stittsville councillor Shad Qadri and the three other west-end councillors are able to use the money in the community initiative fund for projects.

“I’m sure most of the councillors do consult with their community before they put a project forward,” said Qadri.

“Because the money is put in by Waste Management, and it is under their control, they do have a good say in terms if the project goes or does not go. Most of the projects I’m aware of have not been rejected by Waste Management. They go through,” said Qadri.

Qadri said the Kemp Woodland preservation project in Stittsville was one of his initiatives. He says there is money left for use in Stittsville, and he’d like it used for a future splash pad in the community.

“I will be selecting a site from my recent park survey and will also work with City staff  on the site selection,” he said.

Moore says that the compensation the community received for the old Carp landfill was low compared to other places in Ontario.

Representatives from Waste Management could not be reached for comment on this story.


COMMUNITY COMPENSATION AT A GLANCE

As part of the terms of a 2001 Host Community Agreement  (HCA) between Waste Management and the City of Ottawa, Waste Management pays into two streams of community funding:

  • The first is the Community Initiative Fund explained above, “to be used to support environmental initiatives and local projects located primarily in the wards of West Carleton, Goulbourn and Kanata,” according to the agreement.bThe amount contributed to the fund is “equal to the product obtained when the number 1 million is multiplied by the interest rate for bonds issued by the Government of Canada with a thirty-year maturity”.  So if the relevant interest rate is 2%, then $20,000 gets contributed into the fund.  $613,673 has accumulated since 2001, of which $163,673 remains. The HCA says that the funding will be “jointly determined by the City and CWS, each acting reasonably.”  Under the agreement, the City and Waste Management are identified as co-sponsors of any initiative that gets funded.
  • Waste Management pays a separate “host community fee”, essentially a tax or levy of $1 per metric tonne of waste disposed at the landfill. The City received a total of $1,987,685 from Waste Management between 2001 to 2011 through this levy.  The city says this fund is used for  “various landfill and/or recycling/diversion initiatives”.

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3 thoughts on “Stittsville misses out on bulk of landfill compensation”

  1. The first item on the spending list, for the WOCRC, is for an organisation which serves Kanata, Stittsville, Richmond, Munster, Ashton, West Carleton, Carp, March and many other rural communities in the area. To say it is in Kanata South is true but very misleading in this context. Many people who now claim to be affected by the landfill bought their property after the landfill was well established. Did they not perform any research before they bought ? We might get better service from the City if we worked collectively rather than produce documents such as the above which implies that our communities are competing against each other for facilities.

    1. I don’t think the intent of the article is to foster a sense of communities competing for funds, but the title does raise an interesting point. I think the key message of the story is that members of these communities were quite unaware of the existing funds and had little say in how they were used. This is important because currently a new compensation agreement is being negotiated between the City and Waste Management and community input should be an important part of those negotiations. As the president of the Stittsville Village Association said in her letter on the subject. “…the time is right to make this process transparent, and to get the community involved in how it wants to be paid for having another mountain of garbage…”

    2. Ian

      As i understand this new dump is mostly for the Gta now city wanted to have it there so we get it now with that said if Ontario/Gta were to give Ottawa lets say 6 million a year that might be worth it for some.

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