Belkorp Environmental Services Inc.

August 08, 2008 13:00 ET

Proposed Cache Creek Landfill Extension to Undergo B.C. Environmental Assessment

CACHE CREEK, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 8, 2008) - Belkorp Environmental Services Inc. has reached agreements with both the Bonaparte and Ashcroft Indian Bands to allow a proposed landfill extension to proceed through the B.C. Environmental Assessment process.

The Extension proposal is being submitted by Belkorp and the Village of Cache Creek. The Village of Cache Creek has a benefits sharing agreement and it has also extended benefits to the Village of Ashcroft.

The proposed landfill extension would occupy approximately 40 hectares of land to the west of the existing landfill, which is expected to reach capacity in late 2010 with a permitted nine million tonnes. The extension would provide an additional 15 million tonnes of disposal capacity to meet anticipated future needs.

The landfill would handle waste from Metro Vancouver, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and other regional districts in a cost-effective and environmentally sound manner.

The landfill extension was anticipated and is an approved component of the 1995 GVRD (Metro Vancouver) Solid Waste Management Plan.

The B.C. Environmental Assessment process for the proposed extension involves extensive public consultation and will take approximately one year to complete. If an Environmental Assessment Certificate is granted by the Provincial Government in 2009, the project proponents will apply for an amendment to the Thompson-Nicola Regional District's Solid Waste Management Plan.

Plans call for the proposed extension to be operational in 2010. Annual filling rates would range from 500,000 to 750,000 tonnes over a life span of 20 to 30 years or longer. It is anticipated waste diversion programs in B.C. will result in a decreasing volume per capita of waste material being sent to the landfill.

"It is expected that net disposal needs will continue to decline through evolving efforts to reduce the generation of waste and encourage more recycling, producer responsibility, and resource recovery," says Russ Black, Project Manager and General Manager for Wastech Services, the operator of the Cache Creek Landfill and wholly owned subsidiary of Belkorp Environmental Services Inc. "The Cache Creek landfill extension is proposed to meet that declining disposal need and provide a cost-effective and environmentally sound bridge to the ultimate goal of 100 per cent waste diversion."

Environmental protection features for the proposed extension include a double liner with a leak detection system, extensive monitoring around the landfill and provision for the recycling of leachate generated in the landfill. The extension is intended to use the existing Cache Creek Landfill infrastructure, including the woodchip reloading facility for trucks returning to the coast. The current landfill operation employs approximately 120 local residents.

Protocol and benefit sharing agreements between Belkorp Environmental Services Inc. and the Bonaparte and Ashcroft Indian Bands provide revenues, capacity building opportunities, and support of cultural programs.

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