Community Liaison

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.

Waste Connections of Canada has completed the environmental assessment for the proposed expansion of the Ridge Landfill. The proposed expansion required the completion of an Individual EA under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act’s mandatory two-step process.

The first step, the EA Terms of Reference, was approved by Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks 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 and completed on January 24, 2020. All comments received by September 6, 2019 were reviewed and considered as part of the Final EA Report and Supporting Documents.

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.

Your Input Matters: Final EA Available for Review

The final Environmental Assessment Report has been submitted for public and agency review. The review period runs from January 24, 2020 to March 13, 2020. During this time we invite you to review the Environmental Assessment (EA) Report and Supporting Documents for the Expansion of the Ridge Landfill. The documents can be downloaded under the “What’s New” section (see panel on right hand side of page).

A printed version of the documents can also be reviewed at any of the following locations:

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation
& Parks, Environmental Assessment and
Approvals Branch
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor
Toronto, ON, M4V 1P5
Tel: 1-800-461-6290, Toll Free: 1-800-461-6290
Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation
& Parks
Windsor Area Office
4510 Rhodes Dr., Unit 620
Windsor, ON, N8W 5K5
Tel: 519-948-1464
Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Ministry of the Environment and
Climate Change
Southwest Region Office
733 Exeter Road
London, ON, M6E 1L3
Tel: 1-800-265-7672/519-873-5000
Monday to Friday: 8:30 – 5:00pm
Chatham Branch, Chatham-Kent Public
120 Queen Street,
Chatham, ON, N7M 2G6
Tel: 519-354-2940
Monday to Thursday: 9:30am – 8:30pm;
Friday: 9:30am – 6:00pm;
Saturday: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Blenheim Branch, Chatham-Kent Public
16 George Street
Blenheim, ON, N0P 1A0
Tel: 519-676-3174
Tuesday and Thursday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm;
Wednesday and Friday: 10:00am – 3:00pm;
Saturday: 12:00pm- 4:00pm
Municipality of Chatham-Kent Civic Centre
315 King St W.
Chatham, ON, N7M 1E9
Tel: 519-360-1998
Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Ridge Landfill
20262 Erieau Road
Blenheim, ON N0P 1A0
Tel: 519-676-5000
Monday to Friday: 7:00am – 5:00pm;
Saturday: 8:20am – 12:00pm
Online at the Ridge Landfill Website:

Anyone wishing to provide comments on the environmental assessment must submit their comments in writing to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks by March 13, 2020. All comments must be submitted to:

Carolyn Lee
Special Project Officer
Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks
Environmental Assessment and Permissions Branch
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor
Toronto, ON M4V 1P5
Tel: 416-212-4279 Toll Free: 1-800-461-6290
Fax: 416-314-8452

Consultation on the Environmental Assessment

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 have been 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.

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.
  • The Interim Alternative Methods Report was posted for review in December 2018.
  • A Review of Diversion Options Report was posted in January 2019.
  • A third EA Open House was held on July 11, 2019 to obtain input on ways to minimize impacts to the community and environment.
  • The Draft Environmental (EA) Report and Supporting Documents for the Expansion of the Ridge Landfill was posted on July 23, 2019.
  • The review of the Final Environmental (EA) Report and Supporting Documents for the Expansion of the Ridge Landfill was launched on January 24, 2020. All comments should be submitted by March 13, 2020 to Carolyn Lee, see contact information above.

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

Waste Connections has submitted the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) Report and Supporting Documents for the Expansion of the Ridge Landfill for review and comment. The documents are available for review and comment from January 24, 2020 to March 13, 2020. Input received from the public, Indigenous Communities and Organizations and agencies will be considered in the MECP’s review of the Final EA Document.

The Final EA Report and Supporting Documents can be found in the “Current” tab below. Other project documentation is included under the “Draft EA” and “Archives” tab.

  • Current
  • Draft EA
  • Archives

Environmental Assessment

Final EA Report

Final EA Appendices

Public Consultation

Environmental Assessment

Draft EA Report

Draft EA Appendices

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