Planning Proceeding for Resource Recovery Centre at Hartland

Oct 17, 2013

Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District (CRD) and the Seaterra Program will be proceeding with community engagement for input into the implementation of the Biosolids Energy Centre that is being planned for construction as a new Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) to be located at the CRD Hartland landfill site with other CRD resource recovery operations.

The CRD and Seaterra Program staff will immediately engage with nearby residents and stakeholders surrounding the Hartland landfill in Saanich including the Prospect Lake area as well as the areas of Willis Point, and the Highlands on the future development of the RRC. The community engagement process will share information about the proposed RRC, the project timeline and will work to identify community concerns about the construction and operation of the RRC to be addressed in the Request for Proposals that will be issued in spring 2014.

The RRC is one of the major components of the CRD’s Seaterra Program and the CRD Hartland location was approved as the site for the RRC by the Province in the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan Amendment 8 in 2010. The CRD’s Hartland operation currently recovers resources and recycles materials from many waste streams. Operations also manage and dispose of waste including residual solids from the CRD Saanich Peninsula sewage treatment plant and other sewage treatment facilities in the region.

“The Hartland site makes sense. It maximizes resource recovery options by providing integrated waste management solutions,” said Chair Bryson.“Hartland is currently owned by the CRD and can provide synergies with the existing landfill and waste management services on site, such as collection of biogas (methane) and allows for future integration to occur between the region’s solid waste and liquid waste management programs.”

The RRC will process residual solids produced at the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), which will be sent to the RRC via an underground pipe and processed in fully enclosed structures to recover biogas (methane) and phosphorus. The CRD already captures methane gas from the landfill allowing for potential synergies between the resource recovery operations. The possibility of processing other organic matter, including kitchen scraps in contained and closed structures is being considered by the CRD and will be examined by the Seaterra Program as it would allow for expanded resource recovery and the capture of more methane reducing Green house Gas emissions.

In the last four years a total of 58 locations have been identified as potential sites for the RRC. In this latest review, seven potential sites were analysed including: Millstream Meadows, Pikes Lake area, an area south west of Luxton Road, Sooke Road at Awsworth Road, Burnside and Thetis, Prospect Lake Road at the hydro lines and Hartland Landfill. The CRD Board had previously rejected Viewfield Road as an acceptable location. As a result of the review the Hartland Landfill site was confirmed as the preferred option for the RRC for many reasons including: 

  • the greatest distance from residential neighbours, over 1 km
  • is not part of the Agricultural Land Reserve, a Park or Ecological Land reserve
  • low likelihood of residential encroachment in the future
  • the land is owned by the CRD
  • other sites identified would also have required a conveyance pipe to be built from the WWTP, and on average were a distance of 14 km away.

“It’s important to recognize the conveyance pipe is transporting residual solids which are 96% water,” says Chair Bryson. ”We already have hundreds of kilometers of pipes transporting water underground throughout the Capital Region.”

“This is a significant milestone for the project and a positive step towards meeting the deadlines of the provincial and federal government for secondary wastewater treatment,” says Denise Blackwell Chair of the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee.

The CRD Board has been responsible for the siting of lands for the Seaterra Program facilities, including the RRC. The CRD is working with municipalities to obtain any necessary approvals for the new infrastructure, including the RRC.The Board has directed the Seaterra Commission to draft the RFQ/RFP as to allow proponents to provide alternative sites if they so choose. If a proponent proposes and secures an alternative site they would have to demonstrate municipal and broad based public support to enable a LWMP amendment to be considered. Going forward, the Seaterra Commission will oversee the procurement process and development of the RRC.

“The CRD is committed to working with the surrounding communities to provide input into the implementation of the facility,” said Chair Bryson.“We will engage with nearby resident associations to work with them on the best way to reach out to residents to provide information and opportunities for feedback regarding concerns.”

This engagement will inform the Seaterra Program RFP process and work to reduce impacts on the community during and after the construction of this important infrastructure. For more information on the Seaterra Program, please visit the Seaterra website.

Additional Information:
Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program Biosolids Energy Centre Site Search-August 2013 Analysis

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager

CRD Corporate Communications
Office: 250.360.3229| Cell: 250.216.5492

For engagement and Seaterra Program inquiries, please contact:
Kim Van Bruggen, APR
Communications Manager, CRD Seaterra Program
Tel: 250.727.7464