There are over one thousand closed small landfill sites in Ontario. Many are located on the outskirts of urbanized areas, or have become ‘islands’ of undeveloped land surrounded by expanding residential, commercial or industrial developments.
Turning small landfills into land suitable for developments has become increasingly attractive in light of scarcity of properties available for development.
The Environmental Protection Act (EPA) states that:
“No use shall be made of land or land covered by water which has been used for the disposal of waste within a period of twenty-five (25) years from the year in which such land ceased to be so used unless the approval of the Minister for the proposed use has been given.”
Many of the ‘small’ landfills or ‘dumps’ were closed or not in use for more than 25 years, therefore development of such properties falls under the Brownfields Remediation Regulation (O. Reg. 153/04 – Record of Site Condition – Part XV.1 of the EPA).
Avenue Soils’ team of professionals can guide and provide prospective developers with a full range of services required to successfully turn an unused, polluting, piece of land into a clean, safe property, ready for development.
Such services include: Phase One ESA; Phase Two ESA; Geotechnical and Hydrogeological Investigations; Laboratory Analysis; Environmental Compliance Approval; Excavation; Impacted Soil and Groundwater Removal, Treatment and/or Disposal; Mobile Waste Processing; Waste Disposal; Field Sampling and Monitoring; Risk Assessment; Obtaining of Record of Site Condition as a pre-condition of the municipal Site Plan approval process.
Need soil, sediment and groundwater laboratory analysis, or a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment?
Call for a quote at 416-476-1790.
Development on lands previously used as a small landfill or dump requires addressing factors that may pose a health or safety risk, such as:
- The presence of ground and surface water that has been contaminated by leachate;
- Surface water run-off;
- Differential ground settlement;
- Soil contaminated by waste or by leachate or gases generated by decomposition of waste;
- The presence, migration or collection of waste generated gases;
- The possible presence of hazardous waste;
- Potential exposure to the waste due to the inadequacy or poor integrity of the cover; and
- Attraction of animals and insects.
Avenue Soils can recommend the most cost-efficient waste disposal sites for your location as it combines the best hauling rates, dumping rates and conditions.