By J.W. Schnarr
There’s no reason to re-invent the wheel when it comes to the Municipal District of Taber’s efforts to find a suitable place to build a new Class 2 (non-hazardous) landfill.
During their regular meeting on Feb. 10, council made the decision to direct administration to engage an engineering firm to examine a number of geotechnical reports previously conducted.
The issue of finding a suitable landfill site within the M.D. has come up in the past, including considerable geotechnical work which has already been undertaken.
A critical eye from an engineering firm could give council a better sense of whether these previously selected sites would still be suitable to house a landfill large enough to suit the M.D.’s needs.
This would presumably include the ability to handle waste from the Town of Vauxhall and Village of Barnwell, as well as the M.D. hamlets of Enchant, Hays, and Grassy Lake.
Landfills in Alberta are both publicly and privately owned, and many conduct waste reduction programs, such as collection and diversion of recycling materials.
According to the Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development webpage, “In some cases municipalities operate collection sites for their recycling programs at the landfill. In other cases, scrap metal such as appliances, and other large items such as electronics are collected for companies to recycle.”