Abram’s Landing Stockpiling Acceptable Contaminated Soil

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Abram’s Landing Stockpiling Acceptable Contaminated Soil

A section in Abram’s Landing will now be used to stockpile acceptable contaminated soil.

On Wednesday, the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee was given an update on a long-awaited soil dumping ground.

A 19-acre section in the northwest corner of Abram’s Landing will now be used to stockpile the dirt, giving the municipality and residents the chance to use it in the future.

“We’ve also hired a contractor to operate that site,” said Erin O’Neill, Operations Manager with the Recovery Task Force. “The contractor is currently on-site doing the site prep work.”

She notes crews will still have to dump the soil at the landfill, for free, for the next couple days. This comes after the recent wet weather made the road to the area unusable for the time being.

Meanwhile, administration also gave an update on the lifespan of the municipal landfill.

In 2016, more than 400,000 cubic metres of waste was thrown away. This is the highest it’s been since 2013, where it peaked around 300,000 cubic metres.

O’Neill notes around 120,000 was additional debris from the wildfire while 240,000 was expected to be soil from various properties.

However, most of the waste was able to be recycled.

“They were able to have the highest diversion rate that we’ve ever seen. Typically, the rate of stuff going in the landfill versus recycled is about 50 per cent, because of what we had from the fire they were able to divert 70 per cent.”

She adds concrete taken from the landfill will be used to secure the road up to the stockpile area in Abram’s Landing.

The landfill is also expanding, adding a new cell. Construction of this new area has been in the works long before the wildfire as normal practice calls for plans nearly four years in advance.

“There won’t be any impact overall to the landfill because we were already ahead in that planning and construction stages,” said O’Neill.

It’s expected to be operational by 2018.
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