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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.

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 followed 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 on the draft EA 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 considered 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 considered 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 completed to clearly demonstrate that there will be no negative impacts on the community or environment over the next 20 years.

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 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 were carried out for the EA.

  • 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 for a seven (7) week period ending March 13, 2020.

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 submitted an Individual Environmental Assessment (EA) on January 24th, 2020 to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) for the proposed expansion of the Ridge Landfill.

MECP has completed the Ministry Review for the Ridge Landfill Expansion Environmental Assessment and has issued a Notice of Completion. Review will formally be available for public comment on the Government of Ontario webpage and can also be found in the “Current” tab below along with the Notice of Completion. The review period runs from May 22, 2020 to June 26, 2020.

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

In addition to the required EA approval Waste Connections needs MECP approval to amend its existing Environmental Compliance Approvals (ECAs). These are the operating permits that describe how the facility is run and MECP’s detailed expectations and requirements related to the ongoing operation of the site. There are three separate ECAs which govern activities at the landfill prescribed under Section 27 of the Environmental Protection Act (waste), Section 9 of the Environmental Protection Act (air and noise), and Section 53 of Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) (stormwater management).

The existing Ridge Landfill is projected to reach capacity early in 2021. In order for Waste Connections to ensure uninterrupted disposal service to Chatham-Kent and to the IC&I sector we have submitted the required ECA amendment application forms and supporting documentation to the MECP.

While Waste Connections has submitted its ECA applications prior to receiving EA approval the MECP will not make a decision on the ECAs until after the Minister makes a decision on the EA.

The Environmental Compliance Approval applications can be found in the “Current” tab. Applications have been submitted for Air & Noise, Waste and under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA).

For further information, please call Cathy Smith at 519-358-2860 or she can be reached via email at catherine.smith@wasteconnections.com.

Should you have any comments regarding the ECA applications, please submit in writing to:

Manager, Waste Approvals, Environmental Permissions Branch, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 135 St Clair Ave West, Toronto ON, M4V 1P5

Documents
  • Current
  • Final EA
  • Draft EA
  • Archives

Ministry Review of the Environmental Assessment

Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA)

Air and Noise ECA

Stormwater Management ECA

Waste ECA

Environmental Assessment

Final EA Report

Final EA Appendices

Public Consultation

Environmental Assessment

Draft EA Report

Draft EA Appendices

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