By J.W. Schnarr
The Municipal District of Taber council has begun the process of finding a new place to stash their trash.
During their regular meeting on Jan. 13, council discussed the idea of developing a new Class II landfill which would be located within the M.D.
“I know we’ve talked about starting our own landfill in the past, and I think it’s time we got going on it,” said Division 2 Coun. Tom Machacek. He noted it could take years before a facility could be up and running.
“I think it’s overdue,” he said.
“I do, too,” said Deputy Reeve Dwight Tolton.
Division 4 Coun. Ben Elfring said it would be helpful to have a meeting with Alberta Environment to see what is needed to get the project off the ground. Municipal Administrator Derrick Krizsan said the requirements for starting up a facility such as a landfill have already been defined by the provincial government.
“The legislation is quite clear on what’s required to build a Class II landfill,” he said.
And while there was a study conducted some years ago, Krizsan noted the legislation and technology has changed since then.
He also said the challenge with a landfill would be the inclusion of Barnwell and Vauxhall, two places which might provide between 800 – 1,000 tons of waste annually, so a municipal landfill would have to be ready to deal with 2,000 tons per year.
Following discussion, council passed a motion to investigate potential landfill sites. Coun. Bob Wallace, Coun. Duff Dunsmore, and Reeve Brian Brewin were absent from the meeting.