Tree Removal Reveals Landfill
Downed trees eliminate visual screen at Foothills Landfill – photo 250News
Prince George, B.C.- There is a new look on the west side of Foothills Boulevard near the Foothills Landfill.
Trees have been cleared in order to make way for the entrance relocation project and much to the surprise of many a passer by, the activities at the landfill are clearly visible.
This is phase two of the $7.4 million dollar project that will make it easier and more efficient for those accessing the site.
It is not uncommon to see vehicles lined up for hundreds of metres waiting to get access to the site, the new entrance will create enough space to line up, as well as create by-pass lanes for both directions.
The new entrance will include new scales, scale house, an operations building public tipping area and recycling area as well as an expansion of the compost facility.
Phase one of the project has already seen infrastructure work completed, including installation of all water and sanitary lines, connection of the leachate collection infrastructure at the landfill to the City of Prince George sewer line, extension of the water line at the landfill facility to the proposed operations building and scale facilities.
While the tree removal that buffers the landfill from Foothills Boulevard was a necessity, the extent of the logging activity was amplified with BC Hydro doing some of its own maintenance work to remove trees or brush that threaten the hydro line.
Some area neighbours east of Foothills have complained the tree removal has not only eliminated the visual screen, but has also removed an odour barrier and they can now smell garbage. The actual odour is coming from the Landfill’s lagoons which were filled to the max with run off when a compost pile caught fire in mid April. The lagoon levels have receded, and while they continue to be the source of some unpleasant odours, the odour will subside.