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Saugeen Shores Will Look into Waste Management Options in 2020

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

A plan will be put in place to meet the demands for a potential 5,000 new residents

One of two plastic film depots in Saugeen Shores 

Saugeen Shores is looking to make 2020 a year of environmental decisions.  

Mayor Luke Charbonneau says Council and Town Staff will work towards expanding the Southampton Landfill site and work towards other options when it comes to waste diversion.

Charbonneau says Saugeen Shores will make sure pieces are in place to meet the demands of the growing population which could see over 5,000 new residents over the next ten years.

"Reducing the amount of plastic that we're throwing away and minimizing our impact on the local environment and the world wide environment; and I think that's going to be a real focus for us in 2020." 

In May it was reported the estimated landfill life had dropped from 22 years in 2015 to 15-and-a-half years in 2018.

The cause was the result of the construction boom going on in the municipality as the volume of construction - waste material, cannot be broken down easily.

In talks for 2020, is work towards completing a Waste Management Master Plan.

"That's a real critical peace for us; we have been planning for many years to ensure we have space to expand our landfill site so that's something we need to get down to brass tacks on," says Charbonneau.

This year Saugeen Shores introduced a plastic film depot program.

The depots located at the Southampton Landfill and the Public Works Garage on Concession 6 in Port Elgin are heavily used and Director of Infrastructure and Development Services, Amanda Froese says the Town will be increasing delivery to EFS-plastics Inc., in Listowel, to add space in the bins.

The Listowel company recycles approved materials into plastic resin pellets which are then used in manufacturing.

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