Construction of a leachate treatment system has started at the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre. The system will capture and treat all surface and ground water impacted by landfill operations; a requirement of OVWRC’s recently approved long-term Landfill Expansion. The Ottawa Valley Waste Management Board was notified in April that a landfill expansion for the site was approved by the minister of environment.
The original application to the Ministry of the Environment for a landfill expansion was submitted in late 2001. Various approval processes and reviews resulted in a revised final application being submitted on June 23, 2006. Final approval was given on March 31, 2008 by Minister of the Environment, John Gerretsen. To coincide with the expansion, an engineered wetland biofilter treatment system is being constructed that will collect and treat ground and surface water impacted by landfill operations. Construction of the Aqua Wetland Systems technology began in July and is expected to be fully operational by December of this year.
The landfill expansion and leachate treatment system will complement the OVWRC’s current diversion operations which include a Material Recycling Facility, Centralized Compost Facility, Outdoor Composting Area, Construction and Demolition Recovery Area, and Permanent Household Hazardous or Special Waste Depot. Visitwww.ovwrc.ca