Roseridge Waste Management Services Commission
Putting waste in its place
Operating in Sturgeon County, Alberta, RWMSC membership includes the Town of Bon Accord, Town of Morinville, Town of Gibbons, Town of Redwater, Town of Legal, and Sturgeon County. The Commission also does contractual work with the regions of, Strathcona County, Stony Plain and Spruce Grove.
Serving about 40,000 rural and urban residents, the Regional Landfill is an integrated facility that provides services beyond just waste disposal
“With the new requirement under the Occupational Health and Safety legislation, we have to totally redo our health and safety plan and our emergency response plan for our site, so that’s a new initiative that we are undertaking right now,” said RWMSC General Manager Susan Berry.
“Last year, we took it upon ourselves to have an independent company conduct a compliance audit on our operation, because we just wanted to see how we were doing in terms of our commitment to the environment, so we were pretty proud of that. We didn’t have to do that. There was no requirement for us to conduct the audit… and of course the outcome was very positive.”
With the changes to the code of practice for compost facilities, upgrades to the current facilities are required. The new facility will be “state of the art” and will meet all compliance requirements for Alberta composting operations.
“There’s an added importance of the provincial stewardship programs, in supporting our efforts to minimize, divert, and properly manage our waste. There are currently four regulated stewardship programs in the province that we utilize—used tires, electronics, used oil and the new paint and paint container programs,” added Berry.
Mandated to provide “an environmentally safe facility for the economic disposal of waste for participating communities, constituents and future generations”, RWMSC is proud of its business planning initiatives in terms of long-range facility planning and the financial security we have in place to fund closure and post-closure costs.
“We’re proud of the relationships we have in our community and neighbouring residents,” said Berry. “We have lots of support for our operations in our community. Our approval with Alberta Environment expires in June 2012, so we’ll be taking lots of steps here in the next 12 months to get ready to go through our re-permitting process [with Alberta Environment].”
Following many rules and regulations as part of a stringent permit with Alberta Environment, RWMSC is committed to being a good steward of the environment.
“There is stuff we do every day in terms of our daily operations to protect the environment. We are doing more and more recycling on the site all the time,” said
Berry. “We try to remove the household recycles out of our waste stream. We have started our composting operations and we are looking forward to the construction of a new facility where we can compost leaf and garden waste.”
“Since 2007, all of our new waste disposal cell constructions have included the composite liner system. We have state-of-the-art facilities in terms of the infrastructure to protect the environment.”
Goals and challenges
RWMSC has four primary goals to improve its operations.
“Our first goal is [built] around the municipal services and facilities in maintaining a safe and customer-friendly site. We have goals around community engagement and communication,” said Berry. “It’s really important for us to be good neighbours and provide awareness and understanding of our programs and services. Stewardship of the environment is another area where we have goals in terms of compliance with environmental and occupational health and safety regulations and the fourth and final goal is in support of regional cooperation.”
When it comes to the decision-making process, RWMSC doesn’t work independently, but rather really on a superb supporting staff.
“We have technical advisors and engineers and legal support that help us make good decisions. Without those people, we probably wouldn’t be where we are today,” said Berry.
“We want people to be responsible with their waste disposal. We can do everything legislatively required to operate a leading class facility, but if people are illegally dumping, we still have an issue. Our message is to help us be the best we can be.”
For more information, RWMSC can be contacted online at www.roseridge.ab.ca.