The Future of Waste Management in Campbell River
What’s in store for the Campbell River Waste Management Centre?
On April 2, 2019, the CSWM hosted an open house to share information with residents about the expected changes to waste handling at the Campbell River Waste Management Centre, and what it will mean for them. The drop-in style open house provided information about the transition from a landfill to a transfer station in the Campbell River area as the landfill reaches maximum capacity, as well as an opportunity for the public to comment on the CSWM application for a substitution to landfill gas regulations. The CSWM is proposing an alternative approach to achieving the intent of the regulations in a way that aligns with the closure construction activities.
The Campbell River Waste Management Centre currently serves as the primary municipal solid waste disposal site for approximately 43,000 people located in Campbell River and the surrounding communities. The landfill is nearing capacity, after which the site will continue to operate as a solid waste transfer station. The transfer station will act as a waste collection point for the Campbell River region, with collected waste to be transported to the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre located in Cumberland BC, approximately 65 km south.
The closure of the landfill will occur within the next three to five years. In order to close the landfill, the CSWM is seeking approval of substituted requirements under the BC Landfill Gas (LFG) Management Regulation.
The intent of the BC LFG Regulation is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and optimize gas recovery from solid waste landfills. CSWM is proposing an alternative approach to achieving the intent of the regulations in a way that aligns with the closure construction activities.
In the request, CSWM proposes that the construction of the landfill gas collection system occurs in 2021 to 2023 - at the same time, a final geomembrane cover will be installed. This cover will create a barrier layer on top of the landfilled waste, and will help contain landfill gas. The CSWM is seeking an extension to begin constructing the LFG collection system in 2021, and complete the construction in 2023 concurrent with the final closure of the landfill.
Combining the installation of the LFG collection system with the installation of the geomembrane cover will allow for efficient collection of landfill gas, at the time when the site reaches its annual peak rate of gas generation.