WM applies to take garbage from Quebec

UPDATE: City staff have told us that the City of Ottawa has been and still is against the proposal to accept Quebec waste at the WCEC. “Our position remains the same as it was in 2012, which is that the service area be restricted exclusively to the municipal boundary of the City of Ottawa and Lanark County.”


Waste Management has applied to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for permission to import construction and demolition waste (known as “C&D”) from Gatineau to the current Carp Road facility.

Here’s an article from StittsvilleCentral.ca: NOTEBOOK: Landfill proposal could mean even more downtown trucks
“Every load of garbage coming from Gatineau to Carp Road will be crossing bridges over the Ottawa River and using downtown streets. The timing of this proposal is ironic given that City Councillors are currently reviewing a $2-billion tunnel plan to reduce the number of trucks that cut through the core and choke up King Edward Avenue… As Lando said in the Empire Strikes Back, “This deal is getting worse all the time!” The expanded landfill is going to look way different from what WM first described when they started the approval process: we’re hearing there’s no recreational land until the landfill is closed, recycling capability will be drastically reduced, and now they’re asking to expand the collection boundaries.”

From the Ottawa Sun: Carp dump business expansion bad news for locals
“Waste Management can’t be blamed for running a business or for wanting to make a profit. All three levels of government must shoulder the blame for their inaction, which allows companies such as Waste Management to do what they do. It seems absolutely incredible that in this day and age we’re still digging a hole and putting garbage into it. And when that hole fills up, we just dig another one. But for communities that are home to dumps, blame isn’t what it’s all about. The good people who live near a dump, a landfill or even an environmental centre and are now faced with an expansion of customers with increased truck traffic in their neighbourhood. They deserve better.”