PRRD approves upgrades to North Peace Landfill

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In last week’s board meeting, the Peace River Regional District approved the awarding of the North Peace Regional Landfill Operational Upgrades Contract #15-2015 to Lindberg Construction Inc. — valued at $4,491,132.90.

The contract was brought forward for discussion at the committee of the whole meeting on November 15th.

The North Peace Regional Landfill’s Design, Operations & Closure Plan (or DOCP, for short) requires the relocation of the scale facility and transfer station further south on the property — to utilize all of the current area.

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There are a few reasons this relation will benefit the facility: the installation of a 2-scale system, which the PRRD says will reduce traffic delays by half. The extra space will see more drop-off recyclables, as well as ‘Share Shed’ items.

The facility will also gain landfill airspace, in the amount of approximately 320,000 m3, according to Sperling Hansen & Associates.

When all is said and done, the air space has a value of roughly $17.84 million. In the long run, the PRRD says that factor will more than offset the cost of developing the new facility, and extend the landfill’s lifespan.

Jeff Rahn, General Manager of Environmental Services with PRRD, said the facility will also feature a composting area for industrial wood chips.

Bio solids, from the new Charlie Lake Sewage Treatment Facility opening up shortly, will also be put in the compost, as ‘organic input.’

Rahn said there are municipalities in the Peace Region that are keen on providing household compost bins, but we are a ‘couple of years’ away from seeing them implemented; in the meantime, he feels this will be a good lead into introducing composting.

“Phase 3 of our Solid Waste Management plan, which is our next phase, does call for doing something with the organics, like kitchen scraps,” Rahn says. “It is a nice set up to deal with kitchen organics, but we won’t be handling it quite yet in this area.”

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Upgrades to the facility are expected to be done by the middle of October next year.

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