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Landfill Leachate Pump Station and Forcemain

Please Note: Following the termination of the Municipal Greenhouse Gas Challenge Fund, this project has been paused by Town Council pending another source of funding.

Project Information

In 2017 the Town completed an Environmental Assessment to select a long term management option for leachate (wastewater) generated at the Town Solid Waste Disposal Site (specifically the lined landfill cell).  The preferred option as a result of that EA process was installation of a forcemain to the Thornbury Wastewater Treatment Plant.

A number of routes were reviewed in the EA for the forcemain.  The onset of this project reviewed the routes in more detail related to construction cost and operational functionality.  A 5 kilometre route was selected that proposes to place the forcemain through lands directly north of the Disposal Site, east along Grey Road 40, north along Grey Road 2, west along Clark Street and north on Hoffmann Street into the Thornbury Plant.

Design of the forcemain will be completed in 2018 and construction is planned for 2019.  The forcemain will be a more efficient method of conveying leachate to a location for treatment.  Currently, leachate is truck hauled to the Craigleith Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The forcemain project will reduce greenhouse gas production and eliminate the potential for 700 truck trips annually.  This reduction in greenhouse gas has been recognized by the province and they have made a significant funding contribution of $2.3 million.    

Project Area and Background Reports

The Full Report on the Environmental Assessment to Address Leachate Management at the Town Landfill Site is available upon request. To view Sections 6, 7 & 8 - Conclusions and Project Implementation  - Click Here

Selected Route Map

June 26, 2017  - Staff Report CSPW.17.072 - Leachate Management EA - Notice of Completion

July 10, 2017 - Council Resolution of Staff Report CSPW.17.072  

July 26, 2018Media Release - Province Terminates $2.3 Million Funding Agreement   

July 31, 2018 Staff Report CSPW.18.063 - Termination of Municipal GHG Challenge Fund Grant 

September 10, 2018Staff Report CSPW.18.070 - Disposal Site Leachate Management - September 2018 Status 

September 24, 2018 - Council Resolution of Staff Report CSPW.18.070 

January 7, 2019 -  Council Orientation: Disposal Site Leachate Management Overview Presentation

January 14, 2019-   Staff Report CSPW.19.001 - Disposal Site Leachate Management Overview 

February 5, 2019 Staff Report CSPW.19.021 - Leachate Management Options Review & Attachments 1, 2, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 
February 5, 2019-   Presentation - Solid Waste Disposal Site Leachate Management  

Public Meetings and Information Centres

Extensive consultation was conducted during the related environmental assessment. Following completion of preliminary forcemain design, scheduled for the fall of 2018, the Town will hold a public information centre.

Contact Details

Town Project Manager 
Manager of Solid Waste and Special Projects  
519-599-3131 x238

Town Consultant
Dave Wilhelm, P.Eng.
MTE Consultants Inc.
520 Bingemans Centre Dr.,
Kitchener, On N2B 3X9
Email: dwilhelm@mte85.com


Manager of Sustainability and Solid Waste
519-599-3131 x238