From Gan Reporter website
The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands has banned large loads of waste from its landfill sites in hopes of extending the life of the dumps that are filling at a rapid rate.
Effective immediately, drivers with more than a half-ton truckload of mixed waste will be told to truck their garbage to sites in Brockville, Kingston or Moose Creek.
Stephen Keeley, township public works director, told TLTI council that at the current rate of usage, the township’s three landfill sites will be full in three years.
And at a cost of $3 million to close its landfill sites at Lansdowne, Lyndhurst and Escott, the TLTI would be looking at a bill that would exceed its build-up reserves, Keeley said. The township estimates that its reserves will total $2.74 million at the end of 2016 when the dumps would be full.
Keeley said banning the large loads of mixed waste would double the life of the landfills to six years, giving the TLTI breathing room and delaying the closure costs.
In 2011, the landfills had the capacity to handle another 40,000 cubic metres of waste, but the township has been filling them at a rate of 10,000 cubic metres a year, Keeley said. Roughly half of the waste is simple household garbage while the mixed waste accounts for the rest.
The mixed waste includes construction materials, the demolition of cottages and houses, stumps, large brush, docks and large items such as boats and furniture.
This season alone, the landfills have had to accommodate the waste from the demolition of eight houses, three cottages and several docks, Keeley said.
Keeley said the township has managed to reduce household waste through recycling, a trend that he expects to continue as recycling becomes more and more part of the routine. He estimated that 20 to 30 per cent of household garage is now recycled.
Still, he said, the waste in TLTI landfills continues to mount because of more prepackaged foods and the general affluence of townshippers. The increase in the construction waste is partly a reflection of the age of the township’s housing stock, he said. People are having to replace century-old houses with newer ones, trucking the debris to the landfill.
Council agreed to the proposal to ban the large two- and three-axle truckloads of garbage, but left the proposal of how to handle half-ton trucks of garbage (about three cubic metres or less) until it can be debated at public meetings this summer. Council said contractors who have prepaid to dump their large loads would be given their money back.
Keeley said truckers with large loads will be told to take their waste to private companies like BFI Canada Inc. or Gfl Environmental East Corp in Brockville, Scott Environmental Group Ltd. or BFI in Kingston, and Lafleche Environmental Inc. in Moose Creek. He said the contractors will actually find it cheaper to use the Brockville sites because their rates are lower than in the township.
Keeley doubted the township would build new landfills once the existing ones are full. He said municipalities are now turning to private contractors to handle their waste. The township would likely operate transfer stations to collect residents’ waste and then transport it to the private companies.