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Saugeen Shores Landfill Waste Diversion Drops

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Waste diversion is going down and so is the estimated lifespan of the landfill.

The Saugeen Shores waste diversion rate is going down and so is the estimated lifespan of the town's landfill.

The downward trend has been apparent since 2016.

In an information report to councillors on May 27th, Director of Infrastructure and Development Services Amanda Froese says following a high diversion rate of 50% in 2015, that number has dropped to 42%, 45% and 43% in 2016, 17, and 18  respectively.

Froese says a fair amount of material is being diverted from the landfill "but what we're seeing is the density of that material has changed in the last few years.

She says the issue is the result of the construction boom going on in the municipality.

Froese says the volume of waste going to the landfill hasn't changed from one year to the next but because the construction material can't be broken down and the bulk takes up more room.

The estimated landfill life has also dropped from 22 years in 2015 to 15-and-a-half years in 2018.

Mayor Luke Charbonneau says plans are in place to deal with the issue and the community need not be concerned that the municipality is going to run out of landfill space any time soon.

Charbonneau says a waste management master plan is being developed by the town.


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