- Resident Services
- Social Services
The County assumed responsibility for solid waste management from its member municipalities in 2001. A strategy for the long term management of all the inherited landfill sites was established at that time. An initial assessment of the sites had determined that a number of issues required correction. In cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), the County detailed the specific remediation work required and established a schedule for the work to occur over a 10 to 15 year period.
this process at times required the purchase of adjacent property to:
The County has worked closely with the MOECC to ensure all sites are remediated to meet or exceed provincial standards. Annual reviews and as needed site inspections occur with the MOECC to provide an opportunity to adjust any designs, site specific plans or work schedules.
From the beginning, the Solid Waste Services Division has taken a "Good Neighbour" approach in all of its active waste operations. That approach also applies to the closed sites. In urban or special areas where housing is adjacent to the sites, the County has installed black chain link fence to match the urban setting. Landscaping with sculpted earthworks and trees has been implemented to give the sites a park like appearance. Grass cutting programmes have been introduced so neighbouring property values are not negatively impacted.
These sites often link to rivers, creeks and wildlife corridors and provide an excellent opportunity for the County to give back to Nature. Additional plantings of pollinator species with native grasses, shrubs and trees are underway. We are also currently assessing opportunities to improve wildlife habitat.
The County has taken its long term responsibility for managing its waste facilities very seriously. This has lead to a very productive and proactive approach with the MOECC to ensure that we manage these sites in a safe and responsible manner. SWS has also adopted a policy of exceeding MOECC requirements and committing to sound environmentally healthy practices to benefit surrounding neighbours and communities.