Did you know that a private waste management company could come into your community and start up a garbage dump operation with little or no discussion from the affected municipality?
This morsel of information came from the January 23rd meeting of the Bruce County Transportation and Environmental Services Committee.
Environmental Coordinator Kerri Meier says under current legislation, any municipality could be a host to a landfill site, whether they agree to it or not.
Private waste management companies are reporting to the government that there is only 10 years of landfill capacity left in the province and are noting that 10-mega dumps must be approved quickly to meet the province’s needs.
Committee member, Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau says municipalities are going to have to realize, "the province will be required to locate landfills to handle the garbage from the major urban centres in the province somewhere and sombody's going to have to accept that."
The committee agreed to send a letter to the province asking for legislation that will allow municipalities to have a say where private landfills can be located.
Charbonneau says having that kind of power "won't work" because it's likely all municipalities, at least in Bruce County, would be against a mega dump in their backyard.