UPDATE MARCH 27: Waste Management scraps plan to accept Quebec garbage (CBC)
A rare piece of good news about the Carp Road landfill. Waste Management is backing away from plans to accept waste from Western Quebec.
In early March, Waste Management received approval to accept waste from a large area of Western Quebec including the Outaouais, Abitibi-Temiscaming and Laurentides regions.
The MOE says the service area change won’t require a new EA because the approval only applies to the facility’s transfer station, not the actual landfill. In other words, the waste material will get shipped in by truck from Quebec, sorted at the Carp Road landfill, and then trucked away to another dump.
Since most of the garbage will be coming from West Quebec, it likely means more truck traffic crossing the interprovincial bridges and travelling through Ottawa’s downtown.
There is a small window to appeal the decision. Members of the public have until March 21 to request a hearing by Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT).