Happening to Otter Lake Landfill
You need to ask: How did we get from
calling a “Dump” to a “Landfill”, then to a “Solid Waste Management Facility”,
to now being called a “Campus” as proposed by HRM. You should know how the planned
Changes from a Dump to Otter Lake Campus “Affects You”.
Otter Lake Landfill has been
operating well since 1998.
The operation has always been intended to close in 2024, as under the Operating
Agreement with the Province, community organizations and local citizens in the
area. Now, HRM wants to “break” this Agreement:
“Double the height” of the existing disposal
cells by adding on another 50 Feet on
top of what is there now, so that the facility can operate for another 50 years.
Put all “garbage”
into the disposal cells without pre-sorting and treating.
“Take all green bin
to Otter lake Landfill for processing in
Call Otter Lake Landfill a “Campus”, meaning, take all
wastes there, then figure it out.
Sounds Great, but ask yourself, as a
nearby resident, how does this affect me?
For those of you who enjoy the Bluff Trail, Nine Mile River
(which the Landfill sits next to), Rails to Trails and Wilderness area, the
Disposal cells will be more visible,
there will be more equipment noise,
particularly hearing trucks back up.
There will be more odours and blowing garbage because the cells will be
above the tree line.
For those of you who plan to golf at the new course
being built at Otter lake Exit to Timberlea, there will be odours and equipment noise,
particularly when trucks back up.
The litter along HWY
103 will continue until operations cease at Otter Lake. If all garbage and green
bin wastes go to Otter Lake, there will be more
waste trucks littering.
Possibility of equipment failure. Keep in mind the facility
sits next to the Nine Mile River. What
happens to Nine Mile River if “Equipment
FAILS”. The “sewage treatment plant”
in Halifax failed in 2009 despite all the safeguards
we want to “Repeat Mistakes”? If anything said here concerns you: STAND UP, BE HEARD Write the Mayor and Councillors. These Changes
are coming to Regional Council soon for their Approval. Support your local area
Politicians who are against this HRM Proposal…Councillors Reg Rankin, Steve
Adams and Matt Whitman, along with MLA Iain Rankin and MP Geoff Regan. They stand
by local Community Groups and Organizations, who are all “against” these “Proposed
changes” to OTTER LAKE LANDFILL.
Message is brought to you by the Board of Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage
Harry Ward, Co-Chair, Lewis Lake
Posted on wrweo.ca Feb 16, 2014