As previously mentioned in my column, Waste Management (WM) and the Province of Ontario recently made the decision to allow waste from Quebec, particularly the Outaouais, Abitibi-Temiscamingue and Laurentide areas, to be processed at the West Carleton Environmental Centre (WCEC). Further to this, the City of Ottawa’s legal staff in coordination with Mayor Watson, Councillor El-Chantiry and myself, provided a leave of appeal to the Ministry of Environment to amend these changes.
This week, I am pleased to share the good news that my office has heard back from Waste Management that following discussions with the City and the Ministry, WM has elected to not proceed with their proposal to include waste from portions of Quebec within the service area and that they will as soon as practicable take such steps as are necessary to amend the EA accordingly.
I would like to thank the mayor and community members along with my Councillor colleagues who provided comments that helped to bring this decision to fruition. This was an accomplishment resulting from the cumulative efforts of our community members standing up for our neighbourhoods and our environment.
I am happy to hear that WM has recognized the City’s priority to limit waste received to Ottawa and Lanark County while current EA recommendations include that of all of Ontario. With that in mind, I believe that it is important to reaffirm my support for the community’s opposition to any expansion of the Carp landfill.