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.

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. The draft Environmental Assessment Report is currently available for review (see below). Key elements of the EA include:

  • No increase in the annual permitted disposal capacity for the Ridge, which is proposed to remain at the current 1.3 million tonnes per year.
  • The site would be permitted to take industrial, commercial and institutional (IC&I) waste from southern and central Ontario and residential waste from Chatham-Kent.
  • The EA considers 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 considers 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 has been completed to clearly demonstrate that there will be no negative impacts on the community or environment over the next 20 years.

Your Input Matters: Draft EA Available for Review

The draft Environmental Assessment Report has been submitted for public and agency review. The review period runs from July 23, 2019 to September 6, 2019. During this time we invite you to review the Draft 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/ 416-314-8001
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
Chatham Branch, Chatham-Kent Public
Library
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
Library
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

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 provide information 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.
  • 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 review of the Draft Environmental (EA) Report and Supporting Documents for the Expansion of the Ridge Landfill was launched on July 23, 2019. All comments should be submitted by September 6, 2019.

Answering your Questions

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.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Cathy Smith at cathy.smith@wasteconnections.com or fill the form on the Contact Us page and we’ll respond as soon as possible.

What’s New

Waste Connections has submitted the Draft 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 July 23, 2019 to September 6, 2019. Input received from the public, Indigenous Communities and Organizations and agencies will be used to prepare the Final EA Document in the fall of 2019.

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

Documents
  • Current
  • Archives

Environmental Assessment

Draft EA Report

Draft EA Appendices

Public Consultation

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