British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment is looking for local government feedback on the draft Landfill Criteria for Municipal Solid Waste.
The paper is a guidance document for landfill construction, operation and closure to ensure environmental protection. The draft document will be posted for comment until May 31, 2014.
Highlights of the new document include:
- proposed standards for engineered leachate containment liners rather than natural barriers such as clay or rock
- linkages to Landfill Gas Management and Contaminated Sites Regulation
- information on reviewing existing landfills and preparing a Landfill Upgrading Plan.
- information on more comprehensive assessments including a Hydrogeology and Hydrology Characterization Report and a Groundwater and Surface Water Impact Assessment.
- landfill contaminating lifespan and financial security considerations.
The Ministry will review and incorporate stakeholder feedback into the final document. Once finalized, it will apply to all municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills in British Columbia.
Comments can be sent by email or mail to
Environmental Management Officer
Environmental Standards Branch, Ministry of Environment
PO Box 9341, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W9M1
The draft document criteria build on a 1993 paper that was developed to enhance environmental protection and minimize environmental impacts from landfills. The revised version is designed to offer comprehensive landfill management guidance, provide a basis for consistent decision-making across the province, and facilitate a compliance process. The changes reflect current regulatory requirements and emphasize more environmentally sustainable landfilling practices that have been developed over years. Many of these practices are already implemented by local governments at MSW landfills in British Columbia.