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(Posted 8:30 a.m., May 30)
Waste company eyeing recycling site near Vars

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A proposal to build a dump and waste recylcling plant near Carlsbad Springs and Vars has caught local residents by surprise and raised the interest of the local city councillor.

Taggart Miller Environmental Services - which is a partnership formed between Taggart Construction from Ottawa and Miller Waste Systems from Markham - was eyeing a site in nearby Russell Township but local opposition convinced them to consider a second site.

The east end site is located on Boundary Road, just south of Carlsbad Springs and just west of Vars. According to Taggart Miller Environmental Services, the site has good hydrogeology, transportation access and has relatively few neighbours. Even so, Cumberland Ward Coun. Stephen Blais is already looking for answers.

"It caught everyone at City Hall off-guard,” says Blais. "I’m trying to take a responsible approach and not jump to conclusions. I’m very concerned about the potential downsides on something like this and want to make sure we get appropriate information together."

Before develop.m.ent of a site can proceed, the Ontario Ministry of Environment must first approve the Terms of Reference for an Environmental Assessment.

Taggart Miller Environmental Services will then compare the two possible sites and identify one of them as the preferred site for detailed study.

According to a press release issued on Tuesday, the proposed facility, if approved, is intended to provide "a complete and innovative solution for the recycling a nd diversion from disposal of non-hazardous Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (IC&I) and Construction & Demolition (C&D) materials and the disposal of residual materials that are not recycled or otherwise diverted".

“Over the past 18 months, Taggart Miller has received significant public input through consultation activities. The public has asked us what other sites we have looked at and told us they felt we should be looking at more than one site," explains Hubert Bourque, the project manager for Taggart Miller.

"We have also received input that we should also be looking for a site closer to major highways and with fewer neighbours in a more industrial setting, We have listened to the comments from the public and as a result, we are adding a second site as an alternative for consideration under the EA process for this project.”

It is expected that the Terms of Reference for the EA study will receive approval by the end of 2012. The site comparison process to select a preferred site for further study could be completed by next spring of 2013.

The Taggart Group of Companies is a large Ottawa-based family-owned construction and property develop.m.ent company. Miller Waste Systems Inc. is a long established waste diversion and recycling services provider to both the private and public sector in Ontario, Manitoba and the Maritimes.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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