The Proposal

Background
In the City of London more than one tonne of waste is produced per person each year. This includes waste generated at home as well as business waste. Much of this waste is diverted through numerous reduction, reuse, recycling and composting programs. The waste that remains is considered residual waste. All the residual waste generated at home and a portion generated by businesses is disposed of at the City’s W12A Landfill along with some waste generated from outside the City. The City’s landfill is expected to reach capacity in 2024.


Some of the City’s business waste is taken to landfills located outside of the City for disposal.



Why Waste - Residual Waste Disposal Strategy

To plan for the future the City is developing a long term Residual Waste Disposal Strategy. The Strategy involves the development of a long-term plan to manage residual waste and involves completion of an Individual Environmental Assessment (EA) as prescribed by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP). The individual EA requires approval by the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks.

Our commitment to you is to do our best to provide information in easy-to-understand words. We will try to minimize the use of technical words, however some will be necessary to address the requirements of the provincial government and other approval agencies to ensure legislation, regulation and policies are being met.

What Is Being Proposed?

The Residual Waste Disposal Strategy will include expansion of the City's W12A Landfill. Key elements of the proposed expansion include:

  • find solutions that will manage residual waste until 2049 (25 years beyond the current approved capacity of the W12A Landfill);
  • allow neighbouring municipalities to use any new/expanded waste disposal facilities developed by the City, approved by the Province and under conditions approved by Municipal Council;
  • place limits on the amount of Residual Waste that will be accepted at any new/expanded waste disposal facilities; and,
  • commit to increasing the current London residential (household) waste diversion rate to 60% by 2022 from the current rate of 45%.

A companion Resource Recovery Strategy is being developed in conjunction with the Residual Waste Disposal Strategy. The Resource Recovery Strategy will involve the development of a plan to maximize waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and resource recovery (e.g. composting, biogas and other waste conversion) in an economically viable and environmentally responsible manner.

The Process


After more than one year of community engagement the Proposed Terms of Reference has been completed and submitted to the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks.

Terms of Reference


Preparing Terms of Reference

The first phase in the Environmental Assessment (EA) process is preparation of a Terms of Reference (ToR). The ToR becomes the framework or work plan for carrying out the EA. The steps in preparing a ToR are presented in “The Process” tab and summarized below.

Develop Proposed ToR

The Proposed ToR was developed with extensive stakeholder engagement which included open houses, a project website, establishment of a Waste Management Community Liaison Committee, attendance at community events and newspaper and social media advertisements.

Submit Report

The Proposed ToR was approved by City Council on October 2, 2018 and formally submitted to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) on October 12, 2018.

Government Review

MECP reviews document and seeks comments from stakeholders. The 30 day comment period for stakeholders ran from October 12, 2018 to November 12, 2018.

The City has the option to amend the Proposed ToR to address comments received during the government review. This took place from December 14, 2018 to February 8, 2019. The Proposed Amended ToR was submitted to the MECP on February 8, 2019. The City also submitted a black-lined copy which shows all the changes that were made to the original Proposed ToR.

Ministry Decision

The Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks approved the Amended TOR on July 30, 2019.

Key Features of the Amended Terms of Reference

The key features of the Amended ToR are:

  • Expansion of the W12A Landfill is the most appropriate disposal option based on previous waste studies.
  • Add an additional 25 years of capacity to the W12A Landfill.
  • Commitment to increase residential waste diversion from 45% to 60% by 2022.
  • Decrease the maximum amount of waste that can be received in a year from 650,000 tonnes to 500,000 tonnes.
  • Create a regional service area for the landfill.

Environmental Assessment

Preparing Environmental Assessment

The second phase in the Environmental Assessment (EA) process is completion of the EA study. The EA study will be completed in accordance to the nine steps outlined in the Amended ToR.

Upcoming Studies

The first step is to “Characterize the Existing Environmental Conditions”. This means a number of technical studies will be completed to better understand the area around the W12A Landfill so that the potential for impacts from any expansion alternative can be understood. These technical studies include:

  • Agricultural
  • Archaeology
  • Atmosphere (Noise and air quality including health related compounds dust emissions, odours & climate change)
  • Biology (aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems)
  • Cultural (cultural heritage landscapes and built heritage resources)
  • Design and Operations (financial and design considerations)
  • Geology and Hydrogeology (groundwater quality)
  • Land Use (planning considerations)
  • Surface Water (quality and quantity)
  • Social-economic (local economy and residents & community)
  • Traffic
  • Visual

The general work plans for each of these studies were provided in Table 7.6-1 of the ToR. As noted in Table 7.6.1, detailed work plans are to be prepared for four of the technical studies and submitted to the appropriate government agencies for review. The four detailed work plans are: Atmosphere, Biology, Groundwater and Surface Water. View the work plans for each area below.

Participate!

Document Library

Committee Reports - Waste Management Working Group

Background Report #3 – Development of 60% Waste Diversion Action Plan
PDF (2.77 MB)

March 8, 2018 meeting of the Waste Management Working Group, Item #3.3

Progress Report #5 – Community Engagement Program
PDF (126.43 KB)

March 8, 2018 meeting of the Waste Management Working Group, Item #3.2

1st Report of the Waste Management Working Group
PDF (689.91 KB)

Meeting held January 18, 2018

Decision Report #6 – Preliminary Proposed Draft Terms of Reference
PDF (1,001.70 KB)

March 8, 2018 meeting of the Waste Management Working Group, Item #2.1

Progress Report #4: Community Engagement Program
PDF (123.33 KB)

January 18, 2018 meeting of the Waste Management Working Group

Update Report #9: Programs, Projects and Provincial Activities that will Inform and/or Influence Strategies
PDF (143.07 KB)

January 18, 2018 meeting of the Waste Management Working Group

Update Report #8: Terms of Reference – Next Steps
PDF (256.05 KB)

January 18, 2018 meeting of the Waste Management Working Group

Update Report #7: Proposed Alternative Methods (Alternative Landfill Design Concepts)
PDF (1.34 MB)

January 18, 2018 meeting of the Waste Management Working Group

3rd Report of the Waste Management Working Group
PDF (343.05 KB)

Meeting held on September 28, 2017

Update Report #4: Community Engagement Program
PDF (51.67 KB)

September 28, 2017 meeting of the Waste Management Working Group, Item #6

Update Report #5: Programs, Projects and Provincial Activities that will Inform and/or Influence Strategies
PDF (57.74 KB)

September 28, 2017 meeting of the Waste Management Working Group, Item #7


Virtual Open House

Open Houses were held on May 24 and 25, 2017and November 29 and 30, 2017 to inform residents about the City's plan to develop long term Residual Waste Disposal and Resource Recovery Strategies and receive feedback. Some of the materials presented at the Open Houses are provided below.