County of Simcoe receives approval for hazardous-waste depot in Adjala-Tosorontio
Simcoe County’s Rob McCullough
by Shane MacDonald Alliston Herald
The County of Simcoe’s director of solid waste says an application to develop a household hazardous waste depot at a landfill in Adjala-Tosorontio has been approved.
A landfill located at 6815 Concession Road 4 in Adjala-Tosorontio will become a household hazardous waste (HHW) depot later this year.
The county received an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to proceed with their plans for the depot sometime in November.
The ECA is like a licence to operate and outlines what they can and can’t do on the site.
“We are going ahead with the construction this year,” said Rob McCullough, director of solid waste management for the County of Simcoe.
The HHW depot will accept material from residential sources as well as industrial, commercial or institutional sources that are registered as small-quantity generators, which is defined as a source that creates 100 kilograms of waste a month.
The materials collected and sorted there would leave the site by truck once a week, McCullough said. The county expects to have 20 daily customers at the site.
Plans for the site include the construction of an office space and the HHW depot.
The site was chosen for an HHW depot because there is a lack of service in the area, according to the county.
At a public meeting about the HHW application last year, residents raised concerns about the proximity to Tosorontio Central Public School and the Pine River.
McCullough says the ministry would have considered those concerns when looking at the county’s application.
“When the province looks at our application, they’re going to take uses all around it into consideration,” he said.
He said he understands the concerns residents may have but he doesn’t share them.
“I think that is something we ameliorate by operating it reasonably and well,” he said.
He said the depot would provide residents the opportunity to have their HHW properly managed and removed from the site.
“We hope to have that site fully operational for HHW material before the end of this year,” McCullough said. “We’re looking forward to that new service that will serve residents in that area.”