The Humberstone Landfill, located in Welland, was expected to reach capacity by the end of 2016. Without expanding the landfill, the site would no longer be able to accept waste.
Studies showed the expansion of the landfill would allow it to operate for another 25 years. The expansion would provide convenient disposal for South Niagara residents and business.
The expansion would also provide Niagara Region with long-term disposal capacity at three strategically located sites.
Niagara Region initiated an Environmental Assessment for the proposed expansion of the site in 2012.
On November 7, 2013, the Minister of Environment approved the Terms of Reference.
As of January 16, 2014, Niagara Region initiated the Environmental Assessment.
On January 29, 2015, Niagara Region provided a Draft Environmental Assessment Report for comments.
On June 5, 2015, Niagara Region submitted the Environmental Assessment.
On May 4, 2016, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change approved the Environmental Assessment.
The next step in the process is to complete various technical studies related to expansion design and prepare an application for approval under the Environmental Protection Act and the Ontario Water Resources Act.
Once this work is complete and the approval is received, Niagara Region can construct the infrastructure for the landfill expansion and begin to utilize the additional capacity approved in the Environmental Assessment.