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Our Future Plans

The goal of Waste Connections of Canada (Waste Connections) and the Ridge Landfill is to meet current demands by serving the community and its customers for an additional 20 years. This would be done in accordance with the MECP’s stringent landfill regulations.

The proposed expansion requires the completion of an Individual EA, which we are currently in the process of, under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act’s mandatory two-step process.

The first step, the EA Terms of Reference, has been completed and the Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks approved the Amended Terms of Reference on May 1, 2018. The Approved Amended Terms of Reference identifies the purpose/opportunity for additional disposal capacity and outlines the road map Waste Connections will follow when undertaking the Environmental Assessment.

The second step, conducting the EA, was initiated with a Notice of EA Commencement in June 2018. Key elements of the EA include:

  • No increase in the annual permitted disposal capacity for the Ridge and is proposed to remain at the current 1.3 million tonnes per year.
  • The industrial, commercial and institutional (IC&I) waste service area will be reduced from “all of Ontario” to a service area of “southern and central Ontario”.
  • The residential waste service area will be reduced from “Chatham-Kent and the surrounding counties of Essex, Lambton, Middlesex and Elgin” to just the municipality of “Chatham-Kent”
  • The EA will consider the feasibility of various waste diversion programs and options to divert additional waste from landfill. These will complement our robust system-wide diversion programs including those currently being offered in Chatham-Kent.
  • The EA will consider site development, leachate management and landfill gas alternatives to add capacity and enable Waste Connections to continue to provide waste disposal capacity over a 20-year planning period.
  • Rigorous environmental and scientific analysis will be complete to clearly demonstrate that there will be no negative impacts on the community or environment over the next 20 years.

Get Involved

Stakeholder and community input is crucial to the future development and operation of the Ridge Landfill. Waste Connections greatly values this feedback from members of the public, agencies, Indigenous Communities and other interested persons as it informs our work. All stakeholders are encouraged to actively participate in the EA process by attending consultation events or contacting Waste Connections to provide information and comments or to ask questions. Please continue to monitor this website for upcoming notices on future consultation events or please visit the Contact Us page to join our project contact mailing list.

The following consultation activities have been carried out for the EA to date. Consultation material can be found in the documents section of this website.

  • A workshop was held on July 11, 2018 for neighbours to the Ridge site and its designated haul route. Waste Connections presented information on proposed study areas, evaluation criteria to determine a preferred site development alternative and possible ways to divert waste from landfill (e.g. recycling). All participants were invited to share their thoughts in small facilitated groups.
  • The first EA public Open House was held on July 25th, 2018 that sought input on proposed study areas, evaluation criteria, proposed site development alternatives and diversion opportunities.
  • A public survey on diversion opportunities was open for input in late fall 2018.
  • Key stakeholders were invited to complete a survey on diversion in late fall 2018.
  • A second EA public Open House was held on December 6th, 2018 to obtain feedback on the draft evaluation of site development, leachate treatment and landfill gas management alternatives and proposed diversion. A Comment Form was also provided to attendees and can be found here. The form can be downloaded, completed and returned to Cathy Smith at cathy.smith@wasteconnections.com or by mail at 20262 Erieau Rd P.O. Box 1871, Blenheim, Ontario, N0P 1A0.
  • The Interim Alternative Methods Report was posted for review in December 2018. Comments would be appreciated by February 28, 2019.
  • A Review of Diversion Options Report was posted in January 2019. Comments would be appreciated by February 28th, 2019.
  • A third EA Open House is planned in spring/summer 2019 to obtain input on ways to minimize impacts to the community and environment.

Stay Informed

We know that people will have questions and will want to know that the environment, the enjoyment of their property and local businesses and agricultural activities will be protected. Waste Connections is committed to answering those questions in addition to consulting with our neighbours, residents and businesses in Charing Cross, Cedar Springs, Blenheim and the broader community of Chatham-Kent to discuss the project throughout the process.

Provide your Input

If you have any questions or comments, please fill the form on the Contact Us page and we’ll respond as soon as possible.

What’s New

On May 1, 2018, the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) approved the Terms of Reference for the Ridge Landfill Expansion Environmental Assessment (EA) with amendments. The approved amended Terms of Reference can be viewed in the link below or at any of the locations detailed on the Notice of EA Commencement.

Waste Connections submitted an Interim Alternative Methods Report to the MECP for comment on December 3rd, 2018. This report identifies the preliminary preferred method for adding capacity to the Ridge as well as leachate and landfill gas management for the proposed landfill expansion.

Waste Connections also submitted a report entitled A Review of Diversion Options to the MECP for comment on December 24th, 2018. This report identifies options that could possibly increase the amount of waste diverted from landfill.

These reports are posted here for community comments which would be appreciated by February 28, 2019. The information in these reports will be revised based on input from MECP and the public and incorporated into the environmental assessment.

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