Humboldt landfill being converted into transfer station

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt landfill will be converted into a transfer station, changing the type of refuse accepted at the location.

As of Tuesday, Nov. 12, all refuse brought to the newly converted transfer station will have to be unloaded into bins that will go to the Regional Authority of Carlton Trail’s new landfill in the RM of LeRoy.

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Load sizes will be restricted to what can be carried in the back of a half-ton truck. All commercial loads will be directed to go to the new landfill.

“REACT is asking the public to ensure their loads are tarped or secured down to prevent litter on the roadways and in ditches,” the waste authority wrote in a media release. “A surcharge upon arrival will be applied to all loads that are not secured or tarped at both the Humboldt location and the new landfill.

The Humboldt location still accepts compost, clean burnable wood and branches, grain bags, concrete, metals, used oil, filters and motor oil containers. There will no longer be a garbage pit to dump construction and demolition waste.

REACT said it will start construction of an improved transfer station facility at the location in the spring that will incorporate bins designated for waste collection as well as a recycling depot.

The site is being decommissioned as a landfill after an environmental site assessment raised concerns with the history of flooding issues at the site. That was followed by an order from the provincial environment ministry to decommission the landfill

“The decommissioning will take place over the next few years and the bulk of the land area will be returned to natural habitat,” the authority said.

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