Cache Creek Landfill at a glance:

  • Location is one of the driest climates in British Columbia, which minimizes leachate generation,
  • The facility permit holders are the Village of Cache Creek and Wastech,
  • The 48-hectare Cache Creek Landfill (part of a 56 HA area), which includes a 7-hectare annex approved in August 2009, is permitted to receive up to 500,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste per year,
  • Operations employ 120 people
 and contributes millions annually to the local economy,
  • Extensive environmental monitoring regularly conducted to ensure effectiveness of protection features,
  • Regularly reviewed by a citizen's Landfill Advisory Committee, and
  • Seven-hectare Annex approved in August 2009 provides capacity until the end of 2012.

The Cache Creek Landfill opened in 1989. The site covers a 48-hectare area with a total waste capacity of approximately 10 million tonnes. In June 2009, the Cache Creek Landfill received a positive review from AMEC, an independent environmental engineering firm, commissioned by the BC Ministry of Environment.
>> download news release of AMEC report (100 KB PDF)

On August 31, 2009, the BC Ministry of Environment approved a new seven-hectare Annex on land immediately adjacent to the existing landfill. Based on the current volume of waste disposed in the landfill, the Annex extends capacity to the end of 2012.
>> Cache Creek Landfil Annex approval news release

In January 2010, the BC Environmental Assessment Office approved a 42-hectare extension to the Cache Creek Landfill. The extension is an initiative of Belkorp Environmental Services Inc. (Wastech's parent company) and the Village of Cache Creek.
>> more on the Cache Creek Landfill Extension on the Belkorp Environment Services Inc website

LNG initiative
As in other landfills, dioxins are not generated at the CCL, but can be formed when captured landifll gas is combusted. For this reason, plans are underway at CCL to clean and convert the landfill gas to liquified natural gas (LNG), with the goal of mitigating dioxide production.

In cooperation with Belkorp Environmental Services Inc., Westport Innovations and Terasen, Wastech has completed a pilot confirming the viability of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative fuel to diesel for trucks that transport waste between Vancouver and Cache Creek. By 2013, the goal is to capture no less than 75% of the landfill gas at the Cache Creek facility to produce LNG that will fuel the transportation of waste from the Lower Mainland. Wastech will convert its fleet of 28 trucks from diesel to clean burning, lower emission LNG, and realize immediate and significant benefits to the air quality for the Fraser Valley and communities along the highway to the Interior.
>> LNG initiative factsheet
>> LNG initiative media package

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