From garbage disposal, to recycling to fire training, the Township of Champlain’s municipal landfill can be described as a multi-use facility. “We have a very frequently used landfill, but it is specifically for our municipality – we are very lucky that we have that,” says James McMahon, Director of Public Works for the Township of Champlain.
The landfill, located at 1897 Cassburn Road, accepts only dry materials, along with electronics, metal and tires for recycling. Domestic garbage picked up from households, including food and other waste is taken to Lafleche Environmental in Moose Creek. “We have a dry landfill – we don’t accept any household garbage,” McMahon notes. “What is accepted in a dry landfill are things like knick-knacks from your house – say a flower pot was broken – and stuff like that. We do our big garbage collection in the spring and you see that type of stuff at the side of the road.”
The Champlain landfill is open each Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon beginning in May until November 7. Residents of Champlain are able to drop off items at that time with a fee based on the size of the vehicle and load. Compostable material and most recyclables can be dropped off for free. Staff at the landfill check each load that comes in to ensure all of the items are allowed at the site. Metal, electronics, tires and other reusable materials are separated into separate locations and are later sent to appropriate recycling facilities. The process is designed to ensure only clean fill goes into the landfill itself.
“Everything that comes in, each load is documented by the dump attendant so we keep track of what’s going on and then we send the log to the Ministry of Environment when we do our final inspection at year’s end,” McMahon explains, noting proof of residence is required and names and addresses are logged. “We try our best to keep the footprint clean, because it is important and we want to continue that service for the residents.”