Note: The Barnet landfill site (831 Barnet Hwy) is indicated in yellow.
The Barnet Landfill received municipal waste from the 1950s to 1982, when a partial closure of the site was undertaken. Ongoing monitoring of the site indicates that rainwater is infiltrating the buried garbage, which could potentially contaminate groundwater that flows down to Burrard Inlet, and an assessment has indicated that improvements to the landfill cover and drainage system would better protect the environment. In 2014, the City completed a landfill closure plan, with the key goal of improving environmental protection systems at the site. In 2015, the City applied for a federal/provincial grant to help cover the cost of the closure work. On July 24, 2015, the federal and provincial governments announced a grant of $1.4 million from the New Building Canada Fund to help fund the proposed environmental upgrades at the landfill.
The City awarded the construction contract in early 2017, and the upgrades to the former landfill site began in February. It’s expected the project will be finished by July 2017. The work includes installation of landfill cover and upgrades to storm water controls, to prevent rainwater from flowing down into Burrard Inlet. The remediation project also includes site grading and site preparation for future use. Mayor and Council plan to build a new Works Yard on the site, as the current Works Yard is nearing the end of its useful life.
The Alfred Howe Greenway Trail crosses a portion of the site. Trail upgrades are coming soon: improvements will include a new wooden rail fence, new gravel path where required, and a small retaining wall to prevent erosion.
Last updated: 17/03/2017 3:57:23 PM