Hundreds protest proposed Carlsbad Springs landfill and recycling facility

What seemed like the entire population of Carlsbad Springs came out to a public consultation last night to protest a proposed landfill and recycling facility planned for their community.

The fight is highlighting the need for action from the province.

Taggart-Miller is proposing a 400 acre facility they said would see 40-50 per cent diversion to recycling of the 450,000 tonnes of institutional, commercial and industrial waste.

But, that is something Dump this Dump 2 president Sue Langlois says she doesn't see happening.

"Unfortunately. Just because, I understand, it's going to cost money it's going to take effort," she said, adding she doesn't expect the company to go further than the provincial average of diverting 12-13 per cent.

The facility's project manager Hubert Bourque said they are the first to propose such a high rate of diversion and they do intend to meet their targets of 40-50 per cent and eventually aim for closer to 60 per cent.

Both sides agree it's time for the province to step up with legislation that would enforce higher rates of diversion in the IC&I sector.

"We are working with the province of Ontario to ensure that the legislation that will impose these diversion rates on IC&I and C&D are implemented," said Bourque.

He also disagreed with the protesters concerns the site isn't necessary, saying it could be another three-and-a-half years before construction and approvals are complete.

He said most existing facilities only have capacity for another 10 years.

"We're very close to a point where those sites, as well, would need expansion, if that's even feasible," he said.

Another major concern of the protesters is that waste would be shipped from southern Ontario and from the GTA to be processed in Carlsbad Springs.

Bourque said that would not be financially feasible and their mandate will be to collect waste from Eastern Ontario only.

The City of Ottawa is reviewing the environmental assessment and Councillors Stephen Blais and Doug Thompson have thrown their support behind the protesters.

They helped the group secure $50,000 to hire experts to contest the ongoing environmental assessment and Blais said they're working on securing more funding because the fight has to happen now.

"Once the province gives the environmental approvals the City, we really are in a tight spot. That's why we're putting all our, a good chunk of our, efforts on the front end now to try to stop it from getting approved in the first place," he said.

Blais said the City would have few options when he was asked if refusing to allow a zone change would be an option.

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