The recent delivery of about 30 semi-loads of materials from Walmart took up a lot of space in the Flin Flon Landfill. Fortunately, the shredder reduced the volume by three quarters. It brings attention to the fact that current landfill space is limited.
Creating new landfill space is very expensive and takes a lot of time.
Time is needed to find a suitable space and engineered plan. Environmental approvals take at least five years.
There needs to be a large enough space that is deep enough to hold everything.
Modern landfills require liners to prevent leachate, the toxic liquid created by landfills, from harming the environment.
Buffer zones are required between landfills and natural water bodies which is particularly challenging in our area.
I attended a public meeting about proposed landfill for Flin Flon in 1994. The price tag then was $4 million. I’m sure that has increased many times in 25 years.
Recycling is a way to significantly reduce the amount of garbage going into landfills. Creighton has seen measurable reductions since curbside pickup began in 2014.
Education and promotion have increased recycling rates in our communities. But a recent conversation with a garbage truck worker indicates there are still large amounts of recyclables going to landfills.
Many communities have reduced pressures on their landfills with a ‘tags for bags’ program. The number of garbage bags a household can put out is limited, usually to two a week. A tag must be purchased for any more bags to be picked up. There is no charge for recycling pickup.
Charging more for emptying dumpsters is one way of increasing recycling from businesses.
These ideas are something our local leaders need to consider.