GFL Environmental Inc., the owner and operator of the existing Eastern Ontario Waste Handling Facility (EOWHF) in Moose Creek, Ontario, has initiated an Environmental Assessment (EA) seeking approval for the future development of the EOWHF. The proposed future development will involve the construction of approximately 15.1 million cubic metres of additional landfill disposal capacity over a 20-year planning period.
GFL has determined that there is a long-term need for the EOWHF to continue providing disposal capacity. By developing the additional disposal capacity, GFL will be able to continue providing customers with economical waste diversion and green bin organic composting services into the future. The EOWHF is also a major employer and financial contributor to the local community, and the development of additional disposal capacity will allow GFL to maintain this type of economic support. No changes to the approved fill rates or site access routes are proposed.
The EOWHF is located within the Township of North Stormont, approximately five kilometres north-northwest of the village of Moose Creek, Ontario, and five kilometres east of the village of Casselman, Ontario. The proposed future development will be on land currently owned by GFL.
The EA is considering two alternative methods for providing the additional disposal capacity. Studies completed for the EOWHF have indicated that, based on the underlying soils, the design alternatives are limited to varying lateral configurations with a consistent height. The development of Stage 5 north of the existing landfill is the same for both alternative methods. One alternative method involves developing an additional four stages oriented east-west within the future development lands, east of the existing site. The second alternative method involves developing an additional three stages oriented north-south within the future development lands, east of the existing site. A stormwater management system will be constructed consisting of conveyance ditches around the perimeter of each stage and a retention pond located north of the new stages.
For both alternative methods, the design of the stages will be consistent with the existing landfill design. Visual screening will be constructed along the north and east perimeters and a portion of the south perimeter consisting of earthen berms and/or vegetation planting. A new road entrance will be constructed from Laflèche Road, which will include a new scale facility. Both alternative methods will continue to use established operating procedures currently in place at the EOWHF and would maximize the use of existing site infrastructure.
The purpose of the EA is to evaluate the potential effects of the proposed future development on the environment.
GFL Environmental Inc. is hosting Public Open House #2 to provide an update on the project and the assessment of alternative methods, and to present the results of the comparative evaluation that was conducted to identify the preferred alternative for the project. Members of the public, agencies, Indigenous communities and other interested persons are encouraged to attend the Open House scheduled for Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at the Moose Creek Recreational Arena, 9 Munroe Street, Moose Creek, ON from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The EA will be carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA). The first step in the EA process is the preparation of a Terms of Reference(ToR), which sets out the proponent’s framework and work plan for addressing the EAA requirements when preparing the EA. The ToR was approved by the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks on January 14,2021. Please see below for details. The approved ToR outlines the proponent’s framework and work plan for addressing the EAA requirements when preparing the EA, including the public consultation and engagement activities that will be carried out. A link to the approved ToR is available below.
This EA will be carried out according to the approved ToR, conditions of approval and the requirements of the EAA. Results from this study will be documented in an EA Study Report, which will be submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) for review. At that time, the public, agencies, Indigenous communities and other interested persons will be informed when and where the EA Study Report can be reviewed.
Members of the public, agencies, Indigenous communities and other interested persons are encouraged to actively participate in the planning process by attending consultation and engagement opportunities or contacting staff directly with comments or questions. Consultation and engagement opportunities are planned throughout the EA planning process and will be advertised in local newspapers, here on the project website, and by direct mail or email.
You are encouraged to participate in helping us identify issues, interests or ideas to be addressed in the EA. To learn more about the project and consultation and engagement opportunities, communicate questions or comments, or to be added to the project mailing list, please contact:
Mr. Greg van Loenen, Environmental Compliance Officer
GFL Environmental Inc.
17125 Laflèche Road, Moose Creek, Ontario K0C 1W0
Telephone: 613.538.2776 ext. 2223
Public Open House #1 -October 7, 2021
GFL hosted Public Open House #1 for the proposed project on October 7, 2021. A copy of the Public Open House Summary Report, including display materials, is available through the following link:
Notice of Commencement of Environmental Assessment – September 23, 2021
A copy of the Notice of Commencement for the EA was published on September 23, 2021 and is available here:
Following review of the Terms of Reference by members of the public, agencies, Indigenous communities, and other interested persons, the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks approved the Terms of Reference on January 14, 2021. A copy of the Minister’s letter and the Notice of Approval are available at the following links:
A copy of the ToR and supporting documentation are available at the following links: