BY ANDREA CRANFIELD
Representatives from MRC Pontiac, MRC de La Vallé-de-la-Gatineau and MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais signed a 20-year regional waste treatment contract with the city of Gatineau on June 27.
With this contract, Gatineau was given the mandate to build a waste treatment facility for Pontiac, Vallé-de-la-Gatineau, des Collines and Gatineau, with each area guaranteeing that their region will produce a certain tonnage of garbage.
Kari Richardson, the Environment Coordinator at the MRC, said the three MRC’s had been planning to sign the contract with Gatineau for quite awhile. “All the MRC’s had agreed that they were going to sign it but then this was the official signing date and they had a press conference,” she said. “What it is, is each MRC has signed on to guarantee tonnages of waste for a regional solution.”
The amount of tonnage in Pontiac was based on a formula determining population, growth and decline.
“(We also considered) the fact that people will probably improve their recycling and composting habits. So we took that into consideration whenever we were determining our tonnage that we guaranteed,” said Richardson. She added, “We have to guarantee a certain amount so that it can be more economically feasible to have a regional wide facility. It makes it cheaper if we have volumes, so that’s why each MRC guaranteed volumes … now we’re locked in for a certain amount.”
McCrank said MRC Pontiac has been partners with Gatineau for more than six years now, ever since the proposed landfill site in Danford Lake was quashed.
See Page two of the July 11, 2012 issue of THE EQUITY for more.