Hamilton landfill cleared for huge expansion

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Published October 31, 2019 at 4:15 pm

Earlier this month, the expansion of a privately owned landfill in Upper Stoney Creek was given the green light to increase capacity by a significant amount.

Earlier this month, the expansion of a privately owned landfill in Upper Stoney Creek was given the green light to increase capacity by a significant amount.

Despite Hamilton City Council’s opposition to the proposed expansion, on Oct. 16, The Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks issued a notice of approval for owner Terrapure’s application to increase the capacity at the landfill by 3,680,000 m3 so that they can continue to receive “post-diverted solid, non-hazardous industrial residual material.”

This will be in addition to its 8,320,000 m3 it was originally approved for. The expansion brings the site, located near upper Centennial and Mud Street, to 12,000,000 m3.

In a video posted to Terrapure’s website, the company says they don’t accept “any garbage or compostable materials.”

The approval was granted with conditions that the company must adhere to going forward.

They include constant monitoring of groundwater, ongoing consultations with Indigenous communities, school boards and the City of Hamilton, as well as plans to mitigate dust and odours from the site and plans to address complaints.

There were also stipulations for monitoring truck traffic in the area as well as construction when shovels finally hit the ground for construction of the expansion.

There is no word yet when construction will begin but there are still a few more hoops to jump through before Terrapure can move forward.

The site opened back in the late 90s and was known as Taro East.

Reports suggest that the landfill is looking to expand because it was nearing capacity and therefore, the site’s lifespan.

Terrapure’s website says they employ more than 50 people and they have “contributed over $22 million to community groups, sports and recreational programs, charitable initiatives and local infrastructure projects in Stoney Creek.”

Photo courtesy Terrapure Stoney Creek Youtube

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