Cache Creek Landfill and Cache Creek Extension
Wastech owns and operates the Cache Creek Landfill, near the Village of Cache Creek (approximately 250 km from Vancouver). The Cache Creek Landfill is permitted to receive 500,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste every year. In August 2009, the BC Ministry of Environment approved a seven-hectare annex to the landfill. The Annex adds two years of capacity to existing landfill, to the end of 2012.
>> more on the Cache Creek Landfill
>> Cache Creek Landfill Annex approval news release
Wastech’s parent company Belkorp Environmental Services Inc. has also received an Environmental Certificate from the BC Environmental Assessment Office for a 46-hectare extension to the landfill, which provides an additional 17 to 25 years of capacity. The staged development of the new Extension will provide a flexible disposal option for reducing flows and changing composition of waste as zero waste programs ramp up. The Extension is designed to operate as a modern facility with environmental protection systems that exceed provincial regulations.
>> Cache Creek Landfill Extension news release
Continuous improvements for sustainability
Based on an independent lifecycle assessment for the Lower Mainland of BC, landfilling is a sound and flexible bridging strategy to zero waste in terms of environment and human health. The environmental protection features of the landfill include: location in a dry climate, soil and synthetic liners, cover layers, leachate pumping systems, landfill gas (LFG) collection and flaring system, and geological features that allow capture of the groundwater, if required.
>> more about the waste management LCA for the Mainland on the Belkorp Environmental Services site
Transportation-related emissions (GHGs and other pollutants resulting from diesel fuel engines) will soon be significantly reduced as Wastech converts its fleet of trucks from diesel to LNG.
>> more on the LNG initiative