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LETTER: City’s vision for garbage stinks

“Look, we all know that garbage happens… The City of Ottawa’s performance in this area frankly stinks.”

Carp Dump II has the passed the Environmental Compliance Application (ECA) and the so called “West Carleton Environmental Centre” is now all but certain.

Frankly, I am more than just a little surprised how little I’ve read about this inevitability.

When the first dump was opened in Carp the early 1970s, it was essentially for local use and it was in the middle of nowhere. Now, some forty years later, the new dump (which will be beside the old one) happens to be in the middle of growing suburbia, and for the use of all of Ontario.

We all know that garbage happens. What is necessary is a well laid plan that is environmentally sound and economically viable. The City of Ottawa’s performance in this area frankly stinks.

Plasco and Orgaworld were both whiffs of legendary proportion, and yet here we are continuing to move forward without a viable 30 year plan.

Operating without a plan continues to cost us money and will have a negative effect on some of our residents’ quality of life.  It could also harm our environment, and it will devalue property.

I think we all know that landfills are not the answer. It’s the way of a bygone era. No one wants them except the companies that make a fortune operating them.

Yet, despite lingering complaints about the first dump, the City of Ottawa is on the verge of adding two more landfill sites.   We already have four!

That’s not very green for a supposedly very green city.


Landfills are not the way of the future, but unfortunately, it seems to be the way of our city.

Moving forward, transparency is a must, and clearly our neighbours should all be entitled to live in an environment that is clean, safe and healthy.

Jonathan Mark
Dunrobin, Ontario

(Jonathan Mark is a broadcaster, Chair for the Ward 5 Citizens’ Council (W5CC), and a candidate for West Carleton Ward in the last municipal election.)


Waste Management gets Environmental Compliance Approval for expanded landfill

Waste Management has passed one of the last regulatory hurdles required to move ahead with the expansion of the Carp Road landfill.

Ross Wallace, a company official, sent an email to stakeholders today to inform that that the Ministry of the Environment and Climiate Change has granted an Environmental Compliance Approval for the site. Continue reading


COLA group launches new website

COLA web site screen shot

The Coalition for Landfill Accountability (COLA) launched a new web site today at colaottawa.ca.  The web site will be a resource for residents to learn about issues related to the expansion of the Carp Road landfill.

COLA is a group of nine community associations in Kanata, West Carleton and Stittsville.  The group’s members include the Stittsville Village Association, and residents groups from Crossing Bridge, Fairwinds, Jackson Trails and Southwest Stittsville.

In late October, the City of Ottawa approved Waste Management’s site plan application for the landfill.  The next step in the municipal approval process is to finalize Host Community Agreement that covers things like property value protection, traffic, and community compensation.

Waste Management still needs Environmental Compliance Approval from the Ontario Ministry of Environment before they can start operations.


Residents push for landfill accountability

EDITOR’S NOTE: StittsvilleCentral.ca is lending our support to a new community initiative called the Coalition for Landfill Accountability (COLA).  

It’s a group made up of residents and community associations who have concerns about the proposed expansion of the Carp Road Landfill.  

They’ve launched a web site, Twitter feed and Facebook page, and they are hoping to re-engage people in Stittsville, West Carleton and Kanata on the landfill issue.

With so many new people moving into our community, a lot of residents don’t know the details of the proposed landfill expansion, or about the problems with the existing landfill when it was in operation.  Take odour for example: between 2006-2009, there were 7,500 complaints about the smell.

Here’s a note that the group shared earlier today. Continue reading


COMMENT: “Environmental Centre” is just lipstick on a landfill

On Tuesday night at the public meeting on the proposed Site Plan Control for the proposed West Carleton Environmental Centre (WCEC) landfill on Carp Road there was considerable discussion about the lack of information on waste diversion facilities.

For the past five years Waste Management has promoted the WCEC as an entirely new approach to managing waste with a primary focus on waste diversion. The banner image on the front page of the WCEC website shows the vision of large waste processing facilities along Carp road and some people at the meeting wanted to know why these facilities were not on the Site Plan drawings.

In the description of these processing facilities Waste Management describes a “Material Recycling Facility” that will house the latest technology to sort and process paper, glass, plastics, metals and electronics that can be processed into products. The facility will help divert thousands of tonnes of material from disposal, reducing the need for new resources to create products. For five years the WCEC website has illustrated the Recycling Facility with a photograph of a modern multi-line processing process.

The West Carleton Environmental Centre will focus on waste diversion, diverting as much waste as possible away from disposal to reuse and recycling for purposes.  It will also include additional lands set aside for community recreational purposes and wildlife habitat as well as a state-of-the-art, environmentally engineered landfill for the disposal of residual waste while generating clean renewable energy.

(quote from the Waste Management web site)

What the audience heard at the meeting was very disappointing. Waste Management will not be building the new recycling facility, but rather they will use the existing waste transfer station at the back of the site to collect whatever source separated material they may receive and compact it for transfer to other facilities.  Recycling will only represent a tiny fraction of the operation at the landfill.

There’s a stark disconnect between what has been promised for the past five years during the Environmental Assessment and what was presented at the Site Plan Control meeting.

It is obvious from the site plan that the focus of the WCEC will be the landfill disposal of waste rather than recovery and diversion of valuable materials from the waste stream.

(Harold Moore is a member of  The Don’t Let Ottawa Go To Waste (DLOGTW) coalition, a grassroots organization founded by local residents to oppose the expansion of the Carp Road Landfill.)


Kanata North Environmental Studies information meeting on Wednesday night

(Meeting notice via Marianne Wilkinson, councillor for Kanata North.)

South March Highlands Blanding’s Turtle Conservation Needs Assessment and Shirley’s Brook and Watts Creek Stormwater Management Study – Phase 2

March 4, 2015
7 to 9 p.m.
All Saints High School
5115 Kanata Avenue

City staff will present information and answer questions in relation to two final reports on environmental studies in Kanata North.  These reports will provide information about the Blanding’s turtle population studies, existing drainage conditions in the Shirley’s Brook and Watts Creek subwatersheds and further studies required to support the stormwater management solution for the Kanata North Lands development phases 7, 8 and 9.

Residents can read the blandings turtle report on ottawa.ca.

View or Download a copy of the public meeting presentation:  March 4 2015 Presentation

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please contact Nick Stow no later than March 2, 2015.  

For more information, contact:

South March Needs Assessment
Nick Stow, Planner
Planning and Growth Management
110 Laurier Avenue
Ottawa, ON  K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 13000
e-mail: nick.stow@ottawa.ca

Shirley’s Brook and Watts Creek Study
Darlene Conway, P. Eng.
Senior Project Manager
Planning and Growth Management
110 Laurier Avenue
Ottawa ON  K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 27611
e-mail: darlene.conway@ottawa.ca


90% of city council candidates would fight the proposed Energy East pipeline

Editor’s note:  The following is a press release from Ecology Ottawa. Dave Lee and Shad Qadri did not respond to the survey, although in a recent Q&A they did address the issue.  Lee said the City’s role is to be an advocate for citizens to ensure environmental concerns are addressed.  Qadri said the City should work with other levels of government to ensure local residents are not negatively affected.

It’s also unclear what, if any, legal role the City of Ottawa has in the process.  Rob Maclachlan with the city’s Growth Management Department told StittsvilleCentral.ca that Trans Canada has not filed an application yet with the National Energy Board, and the City does not yet know what municipal approvals may be required. Continue reading


TRASH TALK: Everything you need to know about the Carp Road Landfill Expansion

When we posted an article last month about Waste Management filing a compliance application for expanding the Carp Road landfill, our readers had quite a few questions about the facility.

We did some research and sent questions to both Waste Management and The Don’t Let Ottawa Go To Waste (DLOGTW) coalition to come with answers to many of those questions. Continue reading


Environmental compliance application filed for Carp Road landfill

Waste Management has submitted an Environmental Compliance Approval application to the Ministry of Environment for the Carp Road landfill. It’s the latest step in the process to get approval to expand the facility, located just north of Stittsville and the Queensway.

Officially known as the “West Carleton Environmental Centre”, the landfill expansion will cover an area of 38 hectares, will have a maximum volume of 6.5-million cubic meters and take up to 400,000 tonnes of garbage each year.

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