A section in Abram’s Landing will now be used to stockpile acceptable contaminated soil.
On Wednesday, the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee was given an update on a long-awaited soil dumping ground.
A 19-acre section in the northwest corner of Abram’s Landing will now be used to stockpile the dirt, giving the municipality and residents the chance to use it in the future.
“So you can truck all of the soil up there and when you need the additional soil you can go up, collect your loads that you need to fill the remainder of the foundation up there,” said Erin O’Neill, Operations Manager with the Recovery Task Force.
A contractor is currently at the site working on prep work. This worker will on-site helping crews and residents with dumping their soil and eventually picking it back up.
The site will be open to the public on Saturday, May 20.
Meanwhile, administration also gave an update on the lifespan of the municipal landfill.
In 2016, more than 400,000 cubic metres of waste was thrown away. This is the highest it’s been since 2013, where it peaked around 300,000 cubic metres.
O’Neill notes around 120,000 was additional debris from the wildfire while 240,000 was expected to be soil from various properties.
However, most of the waste was able to be recycled.
“They were able to have the highest diversion rate that we’ve ever seen. Typically, the rate of stuff going in the landfill versus recycled is about 50 per cent, because of what we had from the fire they were able to divert 70 per cent.”
She adds concrete taken from the landfill will be used to secure the road up to the stockpile area in Abram’s Landing.
The landfill is also expanding, adding a new cell. Construction of this new area has been in the works long before the wildfire as normal practice calls for plans nearly four years in advance.
“There won’t be any impact overall to the landfill because we were already ahead in that planning and construction stages,” said O’Neill.
It’s expected to be operational by 2018.