Note: The Barnet landfill site (831 Barnet Hwy) is indicated in yellow.
Update: After a monitoring period of approximately one year, the City is making upgrades and enhancements to the original design. The work focuses on drainage improvements to the overall landfill site. Construction begins October 12 and is scheduled to be completed within two weeks.
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 indicated that rainwater was 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. The project was finished in fall 2017. The work included installation of landfill cover and upgrades to storm water controls to prevent rainwater from flowing down into Burrard Inlet. The remediation project also included 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 included a new wooden rail fence. A new gravel path, where required, and a small retaining wall to prevent erosion are coming soon.
Last updated: 12/10/2018 3:10:20 PM