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The site is located 8 km to the west of the Village of Danford Lake, on Highway 301, in the Municipality of Alleyn-and-Cawood in the Outaouais region of Quebec, about a one hour drive north from Ottawa/Gatineau and a three hour drive west from Montreal. The majority of the site is recently logged forested land. It is adjacent to some wetlands and about 300 metres from the Picanoc River.

The site is publicly and provincially owned and managed by The Ministry of Natural Resources of Quebec. As part of the project, the Ministry has agreed to transfer the ownership titles to the Municipality of Alleyn-and-Cawood who have in turn committed to a long term lease to the operator, LDC Gestion et Services Environmentaux.

The proposed landfill site would cover 545 acres [220 hectares], of which 60% would be actual landfill, 22% for infrastructure and 18% for expansion. It is designed to accept up to 250,000 tons of waste per year with an estimated operational life of 30 years, ultimately resulting in a mountain of waste 22 stories high.

The landfill would service the entire 13,000 square miles of the Outaouais Region (33,500 sq. km), comprised of four MRC’s [regional districts], including the City of Gatineau. Besides household waste, the landfill would be authorized to receive industrial waste, commercial waste, agricultural waste, construction waste, disinfected biomedical waste, and waste from incinerators, paper mills, oil refineries, and slaughter houses.

The project has received preliminary provincial and local approvals for further study, but is a long way from final certification.
(More information on the process will be posted soon)

On the positive side for the Municipality of Alleyn-and-Cawood, a $2/ton fee on some types of garbage, could increase significantly the annual municipal income and possibly produce a half dozen local jobs (there are no guarantees of the number or type of jobs).

The downside risks, however, are enormous

  • Site Location
  • Contamination Of Surface And Groundwater
  • Contamination Of The Kazabazua And Picanoc Rivers
  • Unwanted Wildlife
  • Dramatic Increases In Truck Traffic
  • Loss Of Property Values
  • Hazardous Industrial Waste
  • Air Pollution
  • Uncontrolled Hours Of Operation
  • Litter Along The Highways
  • Waste From Outside The Province
Detailed discussion of risks can be found here

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