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259 weeks ago @ SpeakUpWinnipeg.com - ZoningAlignment · 0 replies · +1 points

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336 weeks ago @ Garbage Master Plan - The Future of Brady Ro... · 0 replies · +2 points

With the planned changes at Brady, the garbage burial operation will progressively move further from residential developments and with more waste diversion, smaller operating areas and improved operations will be implemented. The present landfilling operation will only be visible to nearby residents for about another 5 years. Within this time the operation will become more compact, berms (dykes) will be used to screen the operation and landscaping of finished slopes will be underway. Also, operational improvements including more frequent covering of waste and gull control will help to make the operation less obvious.

Improved odour control is a key focus in the improvements at Brady. Currently we are carrying out a new method of covering the waste on a frequent basis that so far is proving to be effective in controlling odour. Furthermore, there are upcoming changes that will help to control odours, including the following:

-Monitoring odours at the perimeter of the site on a regular basis, especially under adverse wind conditions to identify any significant odours and to allow for early action to mitigate the odours at the source
-Moving towards one smaller operating area which will result in less exposed garbage
-Moving the future operation further south
-Installing a landfill gas collection and flaring system
-Composting under controlled conditions, some of the more odour producing organics such as kitchen waste organics and biosolids

We are not exactly sure why the landfill odour would be worst in the evening. This is not because more garbage is being buried at this time, but may be related to cover operations being completed at the end of the work day and odours not being dissipated until the cover is completely in place. In any event the changes referred to earlier should improve this situation.

We hope that this answers your questions and thanks for your comments.

336 weeks ago @ Garbage Master Plan - The Future of Brady Ro... · 0 replies · +2 points

When the Brady site opened in 1973, it was remote from residents. In 1985, when the decision was made to have only one landfill located at Brady, it was still relatively remote from residents. Since that time residential developments have continued to move closer to Brady. With the planned changes at Brady, the garbage burial operation will progressively move further from residential developments and with more waste diversion, smaller operating areas and improved operations will be implemented. Improved odour and litter control are key improvements being implemented at Brady.

Regarding groundwater, the deep clay soils at this site provide effective containment of harmful substances.

Regarding the former landfill on Cadboro Road that is being excavated, the consultant for the developer advises that:

-The former landfill is currently being fully excavated and removed to Brady Road Landfill to rehabilitate the site to meet environmental quality guidelines and be dedicated as a green space.

-Water currently being managed on-site is leachate, a liquid that is found within landfilled waste as a product of water mixing with decomposing waste. Environmental investigations of the site were undertaken prior to excavation and continue to-date. As part of those investigations, site water that does not meet regulated guidelines is sent to the North End Water Pollution Control Centre for treatment.

-Removal of the landfill will be completed in 2012. As the site is located in thick clay and the waste source is being completely removed, the possibility of contaminants seeping out of the site is remote.

We hope that this answers your questions and thanks for your comments.

337 weeks ago @ Garbage Master Plan - The Future of Brady Ro... · 0 replies · +2 points

When the Brady site opened in 1973, it was remote from residents. In 1985, when the decision was made for Brady to be the only City-operated active landfill, it was still relatively remote from residents. Since that time residential developments have continued to move closer to Brady. With the planned changes at Brady, the garbage burial operation will progressively move further from residential developments and with more waste diversion, smaller operating areas and improved operations will be implemented. Improved odour control is a key focus in the improvements at Brady.

Currently we are carrying out a new method of covering the waste on a frequent basis that so far is proving to be effective in controlling odour. There are also upcoming changes that will help to control odours, including:

-Monitoring odours at the perimeter of the site on a regular basis, especially under adverse wind conditions to identify any significant odours and to allow for early action to mitigate the odours at the source
-Moving towards one smaller operating area which will result in less exposed garbage
-Moving the future operation further south
-Installing a landfill gas collection and flaring system
-Composting some of the more odour producing organics such as kitchen waste organics and biosolids under controlled conditions,

We hope that this answers your questions and thanks for your comments.

337 weeks ago @ Garbage Master Plan - The Future of Brady Ro... · 0 replies · +1 points

When the Brady site opened in 1973, it was remote from residents. In 1985, when the decision was made for Brady to be the only City-operated active landfill, it was still relatively remote from residents. Since that time residential developments have continued to move closer to Brady. With the planned changes at Brady, the garbage burial operation will progressively move further from residential developments and with more waste diversion, smaller operating areas and improved operations will be implemented. These changes will minimize impacts from the operation on residents.

Brady is located on an ideal site for an environmental and waste containment standpoint. The study leading up to the 1985 decision was only able to identify one potential site to the north within a reasonable haul distance. This site was not recommended since the soil and groundwater conditions required for a landfill were inferior to Brady and it was located outside of the City of Winnipeg proper.

Thanks for your comments.

337 weeks ago @ Garbage Master Plan - The Future of Brady Ro... · 0 replies · +1 points

The present landfilling operation will only be visible to nearby residents for about another 5 years. Within this time, the operation will become more compact, berms (dykes) will be used to screen the operation, and landscaping of finished slopes will be underway. Also, operational improvements such as more frequent covering of waste and gull control will help to make the operation less obvious.

There is sufficient capacity at Brady for at least 100 years. In spite of this, the objective is to continuously work towards reducing garbage burial requirements. Council’s recent approval of the garbage and recycling master plan is a commitment to this direction.

Thanks for your comments.

338 weeks ago @ Garbage Master Plan - The Future of Brady Ro... · 1 reply · +1 points

Your suggestion of backyard and community-based composting would be an ideal solution for dealing with organics and we commend your personal efforts in this regard. However, we are not aware of any large cities with significant organics diversion that rely solely on this means of composting. We certainly would like to see this happen and will be continuing to promote composting at source, but believe that curbside collection and centralized composting will be required to achieve the magnitude of diversion targeted under our master plan. Furthermore, our public consultations over the past year indicate that there is public support for our approach.

If community gardens were to be located at the Brady Landfill, they would be located on natural soils separate from the actual landfill operation. However, this is just an idea at this point and the purpose of floating this idea is to get feedback such as yours.

We hope that this response answers your questions and thank you for your comments.

345 weeks ago @ Garbage Master Plan - The Garbage & Recyclin... · 0 replies · +4 points

John, thank you for your comments and questions.

The communal AutoBin system is outdated, and Winnipeg is one of the last remaining Canadian cities using them. Replacement costs are high as the trucks and containers are no longer readily manufactured.

The recommendations primarily affect single-family homes and smaller multi-family units which could be serviced by the automated carts. Larger multi-family units will continue with their existing service at this time.

Some other challenges with AutoBins are that there are no limits to the amount of garbage that can be placed in them, and they are targets for illegal dumping and arson. The per household cost of garbage service is higher and recycling participation is typically lower in AutoBin areas compared to the rest of the city.

Carts are becoming the industry standard for garbage collection in North America because they have been shown to:
•Increase participation in recycling, composting and other diversion programs
•Reduce litter
•Reduce worker injuries
•Reduce illegal dumping and arson

As the City currently has 5 different methods for residential garbage collection, transitioning to uniform garbage collection will help to provide an equal level of service and make the system easier to administrate.