The Dirty Truth about the Huron Landfill

bull dozer at a landfill or construction site

Learn more about the future of the Huron Landfill and what we are doing to extend the life expectancy of the landfill in Huron-Kinloss.

In 2017, the fill rate of the Huron Landfill site, located on Concession 6 East, saw double the amount of waste deposited in the site compared to 2013. In comparison to all of the Municipalities in Bruce County, Huron-Kinloss deposited the most waste into their landfill at 10,927 cubic metres and has a population of just under 7,000 people (2016 Census). To put this in perspective, Kincardine deposited approx. 6,000 cubic metres of waste in their landfills (combined total) and their community has a population of just under 12,000 people (2016 Census). Saugeen Shores deposited approximately 9,000 cubic metres of waste in their landfill and their population is just under 14,000 people (2016 Census).

If we continue to deposit this much waste in our landfill year over year, the life expectancy of the landfill will decrease from 13 years to 9 years! In order for the life expectancy of the Huron Landfill to remain at 13 years we need to decrease the amount of waste being deposited back to the annual average of 7,440 cubic metres.

But how do we do this? First of all, by encouraging and educating rate payers to use recycling programs and by investigating who is using the landfill site. During 2018, you may have noticed the landfill attendants asking where the waste was coming from, or where you live. Through asking these simple questions, we were able to determine that a lot of waste was coming from outside of the Huron-Kinloss boundaries (by individuals and contractors). Knowing this information, the Township has put measures in place to investigate more recycling options, update fees for disposal of certain items and update procedures to enforce the "residents only" by-law.

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We hope your visit at the Huron Landfill site is as enjoyable as a landfill visit can be, so let's work together to ensure everyone is educated and understanding of these new or new-to-you by-laws and policies.

Learn more about the future of the Huron Landfill and what we are doing to extend the life expectancy of the landfill in Huron-Kinloss.

In 2017, the fill rate of the Huron Landfill site, located on Concession 6 East, saw double the amount of waste deposited in the site compared to 2013. In comparison to all of the Municipalities in Bruce County, Huron-Kinloss deposited the most waste into their landfill at 10,927 cubic metres and has a population of just under 7,000 people (2016 Census). To put this in perspective, Kincardine deposited approx. 6,000 cubic metres of waste in their landfills (combined total) and their community has a population of just under 12,000 people (2016 Census). Saugeen Shores deposited approximately 9,000 cubic metres of waste in their landfill and their population is just under 14,000 people (2016 Census).

If we continue to deposit this much waste in our landfill year over year, the life expectancy of the landfill will decrease from 13 years to 9 years! In order for the life expectancy of the Huron Landfill to remain at 13 years we need to decrease the amount of waste being deposited back to the annual average of 7,440 cubic metres.

But how do we do this? First of all, by encouraging and educating rate payers to use recycling programs and by investigating who is using the landfill site. During 2018, you may have noticed the landfill attendants asking where the waste was coming from, or where you live. Through asking these simple questions, we were able to determine that a lot of waste was coming from outside of the Huron-Kinloss boundaries (by individuals and contractors). Knowing this information, the Township has put measures in place to investigate more recycling options, update fees for disposal of certain items and update procedures to enforce the "residents only" by-law.

To receive updates about the project, subscribe to the project by entering your email in the "Subscribe" box.

We hope your visit at the Huron Landfill site is as enjoyable as a landfill visit can be, so let's work together to ensure everyone is educated and understanding of these new or new-to-you by-laws and policies.

The Township wants to work cooperatively with residents and contractors to ensure the Huron Landfill is being used appropriately. If you have a question about the new policies and procedures we would love to hear it. Working together we can extend the life of our landfill. 

Q&A

  • Once again Huron-Kinloss shows that its policies are not well thought out, when it comes to seasonal residents. My drivers license shows my home address in the city, I do not have a mortgage on my property, my cottage hydro bill is mailed to my address in the city and my property tax I keep in the city. Years ago, each resident was implemented a dump card to use and one of the reasons for discontinuing this was because you could give it to someone to dispose of their garbage. By that reasoning what prevents someone from giving a hydro bill to someone to present as proof of residence? I believe it was brought to council's attention during the all candidate meetings, that the tipping fees in HK were too low and this was bringing out of town contractors from other areas to dump their materials. Have you raised your fees to dissuade people from out of town from dumping? Have you done benchmarks with neighbouring jurisdictions to determine what the going rate should be? Lastly, your suggestion on using recycling is a good one for waste diversion. However, the recycling program in Bruce County is far behind most other jurisdictions. The Region of Waterloo, Guelph, Mississauga, Perth County and many other municipalities have achieved their waste diversion goals by implementing a green bin program, increasing the materials that are recycled, and changing the frequency of how garbage is picked up. In these municipalities garbage is limited to four bags and it is only picked up every two weeks. Recyclables and green bin waste is picked up every week. These jurisdictions were able to divert waste from their landfills and increase their lifetime. Would bruce county and huron kinloss consider these successful initiatives to increase the lifespan of the landfill?

    mjjbayer asked 9 months ago

    Regardless of where your tax bill is mailed to, it will have reference information to your Huron-Kinloss property which can be used as proof of source. The information is verified at the Huron Landfill site with a master list.

    The Landfill fees will be reviewed during 2019 budget deliberations and it will be determined at that time whether the fees should increase.  Public Works is aware of the fees charged by our neighbouring communities.

    The County of Bruce and its lower tier municipalities are exploring options to further expand waste diversion programs.  Here is a link to the County's waste diversion page.

  • Good afternoon, Just wondering what the Townships position is on having a small swap building like the one at Kincardine Township landfill where things people don't want but are too good to throw in the pit can be exchanged.

    gaillotton asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your suggestion.  The Huron Landfill Certificate of Approval, administered by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MOECP), does not allow for this type of activity at the site.  To include a reuse area at the site the Township would have to first apply for amendment to the Certificate of Approval.

    If amendment was granted, and a reuse location allowed, then an area of site where vehicles could turn around would have to be designated for this purpose.

    We will take this under consideration during future budget deliberations.