Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

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An expanded waste facility on Carp Road does not take garbage from the Toronto area thanks to an agreement Ottawa’s municipal government entered into with the company that operates the facility.

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Waste Management has provincial approval to accept trash at its new West Carleton Environmental Center from anywhere in the province, but in negotiations for a “host city” agreement with city staff, the company has agreed to significantly reduce its service area to between Durham Region in the southwest, Sudbury in northwestern and all of eastern Ontario.

The draft agreement also allows the city to raise more than $ 16 million from the waste company during the new landfill.

West Carleton-March Coun. Eli El-Chantiry told the Economic and Economic Development Committee on Tuesday that the city received everything it sought through the waste management negotiations.

The committee voted unanimously in favor of the proposal, with the Council planning to cast its final vote on 22 September.

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Tanya Hein, president of the Stittsville Village Association, described to councilors the “burden” and “loss of information” that has been involved in drafting a host city agreement. She was hoping to see more money come to the community through the deal.

The city believes it is a fair deal based on fees investigated in other municipalities, but because the commercially confidential numbers are kept classified by those municipalities, Ottawa employees could not share the numbers with councilors.

There is no legal requirement for waste management to establish a host city agreement, but the agreements have become common practice for municipalities and private operators of landfills.

The new landfill on Carp Road can receive up to 400,000 tonnes of waste annually and has a capacity of 6.5 million cubic meters. The city estimates that the landfill will have an 11.5-year lifespan after operations begin.

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Under the proposed host city agreement, the city stands to collect $ 1.42 million annually in the first year whose waste management brings the maximum weight into waste. Revenue includes: a general hosting fee of $ 3.35 per person. Ton; a fee of $ 1 per tons of waste used for daily coverage, up to 60,000 tons annually and five cents per. ton as a fee to fund community initiatives in the departments of West Carleton-March, Stittsville, Rideau-Goulbourn, Kanata North and Kanata South.

There would be a five-cent-ton increase in fees every five years.

How the money is to be managed and used will be the subject of a staff report to the Council before the end of March 2022.

Waste Management has also agreed to pay $ 383,600 to a municipal park fund and cover the cost of new swing lanes and a truck climbing lane on Carp Road near the site.

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The waste facility takes material from the industrial, commercial and institutional sector regulated by the province. By comparison, the city of Ottawa is responsible for household waste and owns its own waste facility on Trail Road.

In 2014, the Council approved a law amending the articles of association for zoning to allow the expanded waste facility. An approved site plan for 2015 required that waste management sign a host city agreement that has been under development for the past six years.

Operations at the former landfill at the Carp Road site ended in 2011. The waste received waste from locations within the city and from locations in Lanark County.

Since waste treatment has not taken place on site in the last 10 years, it may be news to some people that there is actually a waste facility operating so close to the suburb of Ottawa.

Stittsville Coun. Glen Gower said many new residents of the village were not even aware that the large hill opposite Highway 417 was a landfill.

In fact, some people have wondered what ski slope it is, Gower said.

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