Carp dump to turn methane into power

Full story: Ottawa Citizen

In an effort to reduce the odour from the Carp Road landfill, the operator plans to install a second garbage-burning flare next month and build a power plant by next year.

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Gerry Timmermans

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Mar 1, 2006
 
While the constant odour emanating from the Carp Road landfill is a factor in local residents distaste for a landfill expansion, it is certainly not the focal point. Residents in the area are not opposed to the collection of methane for the purposes of generating power, they're opposed to the idea that this mountain of trash could triple in size when it was slated to close within a few years.

My family and I live a few kilometers away in a very upscale neighbourhood with large estate lots. More expensive residential neighbourhoods are springing up in the area at an alarming rate. Kanata is expanding westward with corporate and residential construction projects currently in progress. ScotiaBank Place and the Kanata Centrum are only 2km downwind from this gigantic and growing mountain of garbage. And, the best idea we can come up with is to triple the size of this mountain?

If that doesn't make you think twice, I haven't even brought up the fact that there is a significant risk to our ground-water supply already and that risk would be exacerbated by any increase in size or lifespan of the landfill site. Ontario Ministry of the Environment spokesman John Steele noted there have been problems at the Carp landfill dating from 1971, when the site was operated by a previous owner as a simple dump. "The Ministry of the Environment issued an order in 2002 to handle contaminated water that was moving off the site. A groundwater barrier, and a system for collecting contaminated water, were installed." This tells me that the current site is leaking but they have a system in place to keep the contaminated water from getting too far away. That doesn't sit well with nearby residents. If you were living in a home with a ground-water well within a few kilometers of this site do you think an expansion would be a good idea?

Given the fact that there are new technological advances that can practically (though not completely) eliminate the need for massive landfill spaces wouldn't it be prudent to at least investigate the options, rather than simply looking at $38 / tonne vs $100 / tonne and coming to a conclusion. I think our descendants deserve a thorough investigation.
brodie

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May 23, 2006
 
why are we expanding the dump when we know that it is bad for the Environment, if we keep on going on with this patern, expanding the dump. the it is incress the green house efect witch will destroy the outer lawer of the earht withc is protecing us from heat waves form the sun.

our so called Ontario Ministry of the Environment spokesman John Steele better do some thing soon before it is to late.

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brodie

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May 24, 2006
 
why are we expanding the dump when we know that it is bad for the Environment, if we keep on going on with this patern, expanding the dump. the it is increses the green house efect witch will destroy the outer layer of the earth
with is protecing us from heat waves form the sun.
our so called Ontario Ministry of the Environment spokesman John Steele better do some thing soon before it is to late.
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g_yo

Pembroke, Canada

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Jun 13, 2006
 
Learn your grammar and spelling "Brodie"
Joanne B

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Aug 13, 2007
 
I moved to the area last year, and have noticed how much the dump has expanded, to the West.
Question is: what can we do?
betty henk

Winchester, Canada

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Oct 29, 2007
 
We can start by reducing the amount of garbage we create. There is an un-imposed 3 bag limit in the city, and many households exceed that as a rule. Do we need to be forced to change our ways? I'm sure if the city started enforcing the by-law - people would be up-in-arms!
jgb

Kanata, Canada

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Jun 18, 2008
 
What is the hold up? Get started collecting the methane gasses from the dump. Locals, and commuters, are getting more frustrated daily. If we can put our garbage (we put it there!) to use as a power source(wonderful for our environment), then what are we waiting for! The methane gasses are being wasted as we speak. Maybe once we start this, people won't be so opposed to expansion of our dumps-we won't smell it, and our hydro bills won't make us starve.
PITSfounder

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May 8, 2009
 
Residents are smelling chemical gases emanating from the dump and not odorless methane gas. Carcinogenic chemical gases will continue to be generated in this old landfill for many years to come. The health of nearby residents is in jeopardy as long as there is no clean-up of this toxic waste dump.

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