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A landfill, also known as a dump or rubbish dump (and historically as a midden), is a site for the disposal of waste materials by burial and is the oldest form of waste treatment.
The Mountain View Regional Waste Management Commission has operated the Landfill site near Didsbury since November 2004. The Mountain View Regional Waste Landfill is located two kilometres northwest of the Town of Didsbury. The Commission operates the landfill under registration approval of Alberta Environment. The approval authorizes the disposal of Class II and Class III waste in isolated cells.
Site construction began in October 2004 with the installation of an engineered liner; a leachate collection system; a surface drainage retention pond, and monitoring wells. The landfill requires ongoing capital cell expansion to accommodate waste volumes.
All solid waste generated within the County is accepted at the landfill and all solid waste accepted at Commission Transfer Sites is hauled with Commission trucks to the landfill.
Solid waste is separated into two categories, wet (class II) and dry (class III) and placed in cells constructed specifically for that waste category. Landfill waste compaction and the application of daily cover are done under contract by an outside service provider.
The landfill provides a residential transfer area for safe residential waste disposal, a recycling centre and household hazardous waste disposal. Recycle areas are designated for large quantities of recycle materials such as strand wire, concrete and asphalt that are only accepted at the landfill.
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If Albertans diverted household food scraps from the landfill to composting, there would be a net CO2 emissions savings of 237,690 tonnes per year.
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