The Garbage Story: W12A Landfill Site
Environmental protection, recycling, composting, garbage collection, landfill construction and more... Learn about the many aspects of
Solid Waste Management in The Story of London's W12A Landfill Site (PDF). This publication provides an overview of the landfill site's operation, environmental protection measures and current and future studies along with information on the waste diversion, collection and disposal services that affect every resident.
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Solid Waste Division call 519-661-2500 ext. 8413 or send us an .
W12A Area Study
The City of London completed an Area Study for the W12A Landfill and surrounding area. On December 6, 2004 City Council approved the Terms of Reference for an Area Study of the W12A Landfill and surrounding area. The purpose of the Area Study
was to plan for the continued evolution of the W12A Landfill facility toward its potential role as an integrated waste management centre that utilizes environmentally responsible and sustainable operations and practices and achieves a high standard of compatibility with its environs and neighbours.
Several facilities are either existing, planned or being investigated in the W12A Landfill and area
when the Area Study started as shown in
the table below.
Facilities in the|
Facilities in the|
Public drop-off for waste
- Public drop-off for
- Household Special Waste facility
Landfill gas collection and combustion system
material composting facility (approved but not constructed)
- Municipal water to properties around the W12A Landfill
Micro-generator to supply electrical power and heat to
landfill facilities using landfill gas
- Power plant
using landfill gas to generate 2 to 3 megawatts of green
power for sale to the Province
pre-treatment facility to receive septage and leachate which
may be located in the vicinity the landfill
Recovery Facility to accept blue box recyclables for
processing which may be located in the vicinity of the
- Additional waste disposal capacity which could be located in
the vicinity of the W12A landfill
Windmill at the landfill to generate additional green power
for sale to the market place
- Construction and
demolition waste recycling facility located at or near the
- Eco-industrial park
The area study would result in recommendations for the inclusion of special policies in the Official Plan and related guidelines for the future use of the W12A lands and the surrounding area.
The following are mapping options generated from the
Final Land Use
Evaluation Report ; Option 3 was selected:
- Option 1 - Status
- Option 2 - Expand
- Option 3 - Develop
Integrated Resource Recovery Centre
- Option 4 -
Develop Eco-Industrial Park
- Option 5 - Close
W12a Landfill Site
- Option 6 - Export
Garbage to an other Municipality once Capacity is Used
- Option 7 -
Accelerate Diversion - Maximize Site Life
What is an Area Study?
The Area Plan will identify
issues and address matters such as landfill evolution options, servicing,
transportation needs, and the environment. This Plan serves as the basis for an Official Plan amendment that will among other things:
- identify environmental features and natural resources to be protected;
- apply specific land use designations and policy directions for a specific area;
- protection and management of natural heritage areas;
- development phasing;
- stormwater management.
How Are Area Plans Prepared?
The Area Planning Process is a five-stage process that encourages public participation at all stages.
I. Terms of Reference
The Terms of Reference sets out the planning study requirements and what the plan is intended to achieve. The Terms of Reference will be reviewed by the public at an advertised meeting.
II. Initial Background Studies
This phase involves more detailed studies with the intent of establishing
the basic elements to be accounted for in the landfill evolution options.
Some of the background studies being completed include land use, agriculture
and archeological, ecological services, natural environment and
transportation surface and groundwater studies and are currently underway.
III. Development of Alternative Land Use (Landfill Evolution) Options
Phase three combines the efforts of the previous stages in the
development process. Three or four landfill evolution alternative will
be developed based on the community vision and opportunities and
constraints identified in the background studies.
IV. Finalization of Studies and Land Use Concept
Following the community meetings
to discuss and evaluate the above steps, the Planning Team will finalize background studies and recommend the best landfill evolution alternative. A community meeting
is held to present the preferred evolution concept.
V. Recommended Area Plan
The Planning Team will finalize the preferred landfill evolution concept and prepare the Area Plan.
The plans, will be presented at a public meeting before the Planning Committee.
Questions? Need more information?
If you have any further questions or require additional information
regarding the W12A Landfill, please phone, fax or e-mail:
Manager, Solid Waste Engineering
City of London
300 Dufferin Ave., P.O. Box 5035
London, ON N6A 4L9
Office: 519- 661-2500 ext. 7369
Fax: 519- 661-2354