OHSWEKEN — Construction of the new transfer station at the Six Nations Landfill Site is underway.
Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan announced the closing of the landfill site and construction of the new transfer station.
O’Reagan said, “A solid waste management system is critical to a healthy community and a healthy environment. The new transfer station will improve how solid waste is managed at Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation. Congratulations to Chief Hill for your continued innovation and leadership!”
The new transfer station will be used to collect residential non-hazardous waste and recyclables and will provide the community with a solid waste management system that will have a positive environmental impact. The current landfill will be closed when the new station is ready for use.
The Government of Canada is investing $8.3 million dollars in this project. The $8.3 million for this project is from the Budget 2016 First Nations Waste Management Initiative. Indigenous Services Canada previously provided an additional $378,188 for the feasibility and design phases.
Elected Chief Ava Hill said, “The closure of our Landfill Site will preserve our limited land base for more agricultural, residential, commercial and community use. The new transfer station will allow us to meet our community’s immediate and future waste management needs which is critical to support our growing and progressive community. Our community has recycled over four million pounds over the last six years with our waste diversion rates increasing year over year. We are committed to diverting as much waste as possible in order to reduce the global waste burden which is negatively impacting our ecosystem, lands, waters and contributing to climate change.”
Construction is currently underway and is expected to be complete by fall 2019.