Chatham-Kent, Dresden mayor address environment ministry over proposed waste facility

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is not backing down in its fight from a proposed waste administration facility, with the municipality submitting a submission and the mayor penning a letter to Ontario’s Ministry of the Ecosystem.

In accordance to a news release from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, on Feb. 26, 2024 council asked for that Mayor Darrin Canniff writer a letter to the minster of Surroundings, Conservation and Parks to illustrate the worries expressed by the group and council’s opposition to a proposed squander management facility, located a person kilometre north of Dresden, that 1st arrived to mild in January 2024.

Canniff has due to the fact submitted a letter to Ontario’s Minister of the Atmosphere, Conservation and Parks Andrea Khanjin, illustrating Chatham-Kent’s major concerns with the proposals.

In addition, the municipality has finished a submission to the ministry in response to the first software from York1 Environmental Waste Answers Ltd. to allow for for an improve in squander processing ability.

About the coming the months, the municipality will also get ready a submission on the 2nd application regarding the proposed reopening of a shut landfill in progress of the April 11, 2024 submission deadline.

Council also licensed the retention of technical gurus to advance worries via the ministry session method if essential, and to make submissions to the province in opposition to the purposes for a squander processing, storage and transfer and landfilling facility primarily based on the setting up, environmental, authorized and landfill engineering info that was gathered by March 16, 2024, according to the launch.

“I would like to make it patently apparent that I stand with the men and women of Dresden, with the people today of Chatham-Kent, and with our neighbours in the County of Lambton,” reported Canniff in the news release. “We all have really serious problems with this proposal from York1, and with each other with council, we are getting motion.”


The minister’s reaction 

On Friday, Ontario’s Minister of the Surroundings, Conservation and Parks Andrea Khanjin issued a assertion on X, the social media platform formerly acknowledged as Twitter, relating to the proposed facility. 

“In recent weeks, I have listened to fears elevated by the local community and municipality regarding York1’s proposal to reopen and extend a dormant landfill.

This internet site was founded around 40 yrs ago, prior to Ontario’s prerequisite that landfills bear an environmental evaluation. In maintaining with the course of action that any other landfill would be necessary to undergo now, I will be getting measures to require this job to complete a extensive environmental evaluation underneath the Environmental Assessment Act.

This would demand this web page to handle area community issues and mitigate potential impacts just before it could open up.”


The two programs

Property to a beforehand shut landfill, York1 ordered the 80-acre assets at 29831 Irish School Rd. in the tumble of 2023.

York1 has put two programs just before the province, the first being to open up a recycling facility targeted on diverting development components away from the landfill, these kinds of as drywall, wooden, plastic and shingles. The next application is for the growth of the previous landfill.

The business intends to recycle 80 for each cent of the bricks, wooden and steel they convey to Dresden and the 20 for each cent that has no further use, they will ship to a landfill in Michigan.

In accordance to George Kirchmair, vice-president environmental for York1, the strategy is not to build a dump.

“We have no intentions on bringing any municipal family waste or garbage to this facility,” he stated in a Feb. 29, 2024 interview with CTV Information Windsor. “We have no intentions on bringing any odorous garbage to this location. It’ll be non-odorous construction supplies. We don’t approach to alter that in long run.”

York1 Environmental Squander Remedies has ordered 29831 Irish Faculty Highway, north of Dresden. (Michelle Maluske/CTV News Windsor)


Group contention 

On Jan. 29, 2024 and Feb. 26, 2024 the Municipality of Chatham-Kent was notified by the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks that York1 experienced filed applications for a new waste processing site and landfill.

In reaction, council handed a unanimous movement opposing the proposals on Feb. 26, 2024, and identified as on the province to reject the prepared task.

As beforehand noted by CTV News Windsor, multiple reasons have been introduced up pertaining to pushback on the proposed amenities, like a absence of session with the municipality, Dresden’s infrastructure not capable of supporting the facility, noise air pollution, and environmental impacts.


‘Let’s talk’ about the facility

The municipality has considering that established a Let us Speak site containing facts about the proposed facility, together with FAQs about the procedure, information acquired to date relating to the apps, and the presentation sent to council on Feb. 26, 2024.

The municipality is reminding people that comments can be submitted by the public to the province on the application, like the landfill proposal, which closes on April 11, 2024. The recycling facility proposal deadline shut on March 16, 2024.

“I persuade every person to check out the Let us Communicate webpage to get their information and to send out responses on the Ontario environmental registry website,” said Canniff.

– With data files from CTV News Windsor’s Michelle Maluske