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Monday, February 21, 2011

Catch 22 at Landfill

Hanover - Walkerton | by Robyn Garvey  

Good news and bad news at the Hanover Walkerton landfill site.

The Hanover Walkerton Landfill is in a catch 22 situation.

Garbage volume is down which is great -- however so is revenue -- and that has resulted in an operations budget shortfall.

With all the commercial garbage be shipped out of town and a drop in tipping fee revenues -- the landfill is no longer self sufficient.

Both Hanover and Brockton are going to have to chip in 40 thousand dollars each this year to offset the shortfall.

This projected annual operations shortfall is expected to climb to 160 thousand dollars over the coming years.

Hanover Councillor Peter Hambly says the issue will have be studied further in the hopes of finding more savings down the road.

But as it stands now -- Hambly says there are no plans to reduce the landfill days of operations or hours.

On a positive note, the Ministry of Environment has confirmed that it is proceeding with the landfill's expansion review and approval process.

If all goes as planned, Hambly says the landfill could receive the green light for expansion sometime this Spring.



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