A confidential report provided to regional council for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality amounts to the first official admission that incineration is not a feasible method of garbage disposal. The CBRM’s director of engineering and public works, Kevin MacDonald, concluded in a report presented to an in-camera meeting of council that transporting the municipality’s 30,000 annual tonnes of garbage residue to Guysborough County’s second-generation landfill is the most cost-effective option (based on a 20-year forecast starting in 2006). The first day of that year is the province’s deadline for all landfills to be constructed in individual cells to contain leachate.
The new landfills are expensive, as much as $8 million per cell to construct. Guysborough has offered itself as the second-generation landfill for all of eastern Nova Scotia (16 municipalities in all).