Regional Landfill Costs
Department: Saskatchewan Environment
WHEREAS the Provincial Government has increased the requirements for landfill construction by requiring engineered landfills including ground water and surface water controls; and
WHEREAS the Provincial Government encourages rural and urban municipalities to cooperate with waste collection and disposal; and
WHEREAS there are many Regional Waste Management Authorities province wide made up of rural and urban municipalities;
BE IT RESOLVED that SARM encourage the Provincial Government to assist with the costs of construction and expansion of new and existing regional landfills including equipment acquisition and replacement; and
BE IF FURTHER RESOLVED that SARM partner with SUMA in this endeavor.
Response from the Honorable Scott Moe, Minister of Environment
It is encouraging to see an increase in the formation of regional waste management authorities between rural and urban municipalities. The efforts that many communities have been making towards improving waste management systems and achieving compliance is commendable. The requirements that are in place regarding landfill construction, operation and decommissioning to ultimately protect human health and the environment have been in place since The Municipal Management Refuse Regulations were introduced in 1986. We recognize that over the years, many landfill operations have not had controls in place to protect both ground and surface water and are now having to achieve compliance with the requirements. Communities are encouraged to continue finding ways to collaborate and work together to share the costs of effective waste management to ensure that we maintain a healthy environment and the health of our citizens. We also encourage communities to look at other municipalities and regional waste management authorities that have successfully implemented adequate closure and construction activities for landfills.
Please be advised that any potential funding to assist with landfill costs falls under the purview of the Ministry of Government Relations. As such, I have copied my colleague, Honourable Jim Reiter, for further response.