Come Out to Hartland Happening Open House September 13

Sep 09, 2008

Victoria, BC - Have you ever wondered where your garbage goes after you put it out for pick-up? For the past three years Hartland Landfill has been helping to answer this question and many others at the Hartland Happening, an annual open house designed to familiarize people with how a landfill works and raise awareness about how waste is managed. This year’s Hartland Happening is being held on Saturday, September 13 from 9:30am-2pm, at 1 Hartland Avenue.

Garbage from Victoria residents is managed at Hartland along with other waste received from all of the region’s other municipalities and electoral areas. Over 500 tonnes are processed per day. Once in the landfill, garbage is covered and allowed to decompose in closed areas of the landfill. A wide variety of native vegetation is planted over top to provide ground cover and help create a self-sustaining natural ecosystem.

“Superior processes and innovative waste management programs are what make Hartland an award winning multi-purpose facility,” said Tom Watkins Operations Manager at the landfill.

Hartland Landfill offers extensive recycling programs that divert over 19,000 tonnes of potential garbage from the landfill. It is also home to the Green Power project, whereby gas produced by decomposing garbage is used to generate electricity.

On September 13, Hartland Landfill will again become a playland, during its third annual open house. Activities will include guided tours, a mini-machines giant sandbox, opportunity to climb aboard monster machines like dump trucks, tractors and bulldozers, and free hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

The CRD wishes to thank its community supporters, A Channel, Black Press, Jack FM and The Ocean.

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For further information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3308