Councillor Michael Zwaagstra, Mayor Chris Goertzen, Eldon Wallman (Solid Waste Dept. Head), and Chris Wiebe of Wiebe Investments, the contractor for the first phase of the project, kick off construction of a new dump for Steinbach and four other municipalities.
By Marianne Curtis
Construction of a new landfill that will serve both the city of Steinbach and residents in the surrounding area has officially started.
On August 12 a sod-turning ceremony took place to mark the start of construction of a new $3.5 million landfill project in Steinbach. The new Solid Waste Disposal Ground Development project is being built on the same lot as the current facility.
Mayor Chris Goertzen was on hand to officially kick off construction of the new landfill.
“The goal of Council is to equip our city with infrastructure for the long-term and projects such as the Landfill expansion are integral to keeping our city progressive and operating efficiently,” said Goertzen.
Eldon Wallman, head of the city’s waste department, is also happy that the project is underway.
“Our Solid Waste Department has been looking forward to this day for two years,” said Wallman. “It has been greatly anticipated and we look forward to offering all the patrons of our landfill a first-class facility for the next 20 years.”
The Solid Waste Disposal Ground Development project will be done in two phases. The first phase will be constructing a new landfill and the second phase includes the decommissioning of the existing facility. Phase one is expected to be completed by the end of November.
A number of programs designed to lower the amount of garage into the landfill are expected to benefit from the expansion. These programs include wood chipping, composting, and metal, tires, used oil, and white goods diversion and recycling programs.
The Steinbach landfill currently accepts solid waste from four municipalities, which results in the collection of 27,500 tonnes of waste annually. The site services a population base of 35,000 people in southeastern Manitoba and is one of only 13 Class 1 solid waste disposal sites in the entire province.