On Tuesday, September 7, the City’s Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) will review and discuss a long-awaited “Municipal Host Agreement” (MHA) governing the Waste Management’s Carp Road landfill expansion.
It’s a contract between the City of Ottawa and Waste Management, and among other things sets out a “Host Community Fee” that Waste Management will pay to the City as compensation. It’s formally known as the “West Carleton Environmental Centre Municipal Host Agreement”.
The City has also negotiated to reduce the collection area for the landfill. Originally, Waste Management received approval from the Ontario government to accept waste from the entire province. Under the contract, Waste Management would limit that service area to include only parts of north and east Ontario (see map below).
Through previous steps in the approval process, the company will be required to pay the City over $380,000 for park improvements. They’re also required to upgrade Carp Road to handle additional truck traffic that will be accessing the site. These are above and beyond any compensation in the HMA.
At committee next week I will be asking staff to explain why the compensation rate and other conditions are considered appropriate and fair. What comparables did they consider, and how did they determine that this is an appropriate amount of compensation to offset the impacts of a landfill operating near our community?
If residents have questions or comments, please contact me. You can also provide formal comments to FEDCO or register to speak at the committee by contacting Committee Coordinator Carole Legault at 613-580-2424 x28934 or CaroleA.Legault@ottawa.ca.