Despite a delay caused by record snowfall during the Winter of 2022, the soap stock relocation effort at the Altona/Rhineland Landfill has finished ahead of schedule. Work started in 2021 and wrapped up before the March 2024 deadline.
"All of the soap stock has been relocated," said Public Works Manager Clint Derksen. "We just have a little bit of tidying up on the site where it went to."
The 17,421,040 kgs of industrial waste was moved from two small cells, where it had been stored for decades, into an old cell within the landfill's clay keyway.
"That was part of the stipulation, that it had to be disposed of inside the clay keyway and that has been done now," added Derksen, citing environmental reasons.
Now, the Town is working with an environmental officer to research options on how to use former soap stock site. Derksen would like to see the craters used to dispose of construction and demolition waste or house the landfill's two current burn piles, moving them further away from the active cell.