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Glenmore Landfill expands to meet future needs
Apr. 25, 2008
Open House April 30
The City of Kelowna is proposing an expansion plan for the Glenmore Landfill to meet waste and recycling needs until 2075. The public can provide input on the comprehensive site development plan at an Open House at the landfill on Wednesday, April 30 between 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


"We want to continue to operate the site in a manner that it is recognized locally, regionally and internationally," says Mark Watt, Environment and Solid Waste Manager.


"The landfill sees an average of four to six thousand vehicles a week and the line up of cars and trucks often extends onto Glenmore Road, disrupting traffic during peak periods," says Watt. "We're proposing to relocate the entrance to the southern end to provide space for safer traffic flow, a larger scale to accommodate all vehicle types and easier access to the recycling depot."


Organic waste handling operations will be consolidated into one location on site. The new composting area will accommodate an expected increase in wood and yard waste stemming from the pine beetle infestation and expansion of curbside yard waste collection. The site development plan also accounts for additional volume resulting from the closure of the Westside Landfill in 2009.


Under the proposal the southern portion of the landfill could increase by an additional 30 metres. "We've chosen to expand upwards, rather than out," says Watt. "By increasing the height, we can keep within the same footprint as the landfill is today."


The City will also expand the state-of-the art landfill gas recovery system which collects methane from the active landfill to power microturbines and generate electricity.


Surface water is redirected from the landfill to the Bredin and Tutt Ponds. A third storage pond is being constructed at the northeast corner of the landfill between Tutt Mountain and Bredin Hill.


Located on a layer of silt/clay, the site makes an excellent location for a landfill because of the natural abilities of the clay to contain leachate, runoff caused by precipitation percolating through the landfill waste. A composite liner is proposed for the expansion areas to provide an even higher degree of leachate control.


Capital upgrades will be financed from the Landfill Reserve Fund and undertaken in two five-year phases. A review of the development plan is planned after each five year period.


The Glenmore Landfill is located on Glenmore Road approximately 9 km. northeast of Kelowna's city centre. The original comprehensive site development plan was prepared in 2001. The public can download the updated plan at www.kelowna.ca under Residents/ Waste Management.