07/16/2008

The Ministry of the Environment provided $10 million over three years to help municipalities with landfills to capture landfill gas as is now required under regulation.

The collection and flaring of the gas was the first priority, but funding for electricity generation, which may also result in additional greenhouse gas reductions, was also available.

Background:

In June 2008, amendments to Regulation 347 (General – Waste Management) and Ontario Regulation 232/98 (Landfilling Sites) (“O. Reg. 232/98”) under the Environmental Protection Act (“EPA”) resulted in requirements for landfill gas collection and flaring or use, for operating, new or expanding landfills larger than 1.5 million m3. In conjunction with the regulatory amendments, the Province is providing approximately $10 million in funding support to municipalities (with a population less than 250,000) over three years for smaller landfills that are required to capture landfill gas as a result of these amendments. 

Small landfills are defined as those smaller than 3.0 million m3 total waste disposal volume or having less than 1.5 million m3 of remaining waste disposal volume as of January 1, 2008. Funding support is available for up to 2/3 of the design and construction costs of the landfill gas facilities for collection and flaring or use (i.e. electricity generation) for projects commenced after June 19, 2008 and completed before March 31, 2011.

The application guide for funding of landfill gas capture facilities has now been finalized and posted to the Ministry of the Environment’s web site http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/publications/6762e.pdf) Applications must be submitted by November 7, 2008.

Those interested in more information are advised to contact: 

Larry Wilcox (416-314-7876) / Jim Hiraishi (416-212-7098)
Waste Management Policy Branch
Ministry of the Environment
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 7th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M4V 1P5