Modernization of the Upland Landfill

Upland Excavating Ltd. has been operating the current landfill for more than 25 years in an environmentally safe and sustainable manner.

Upland is now voluntarily seeking to upgrade its landfill and build a waste management facility including a leachate treatment system that exceeds most other waste management systems in the province. These upgrades would exceed the new Solid Waste Management criteria of 2015 adopted by the Ministry of the Environment. Plans to modernize the landfill facility are also in compliance with BC Ministry of Environment’s requirements.

Our goal is to offer a local, environmentally sound, sustainable way to dispose of local non-transportable solid waste materials that are currently subject to higher transportation costs due to the limited local disposal options.

To do so, Upland has prepared and submitted a Waste Discharge Application to the BC Ministry of Environment to upgrade its existing permit to an Operational Certificate.

The Operational Certificate will allow Upland to continue with the management of solid non-hazardous waste, such as land clearing debris, construction and demolition debris and waste soil, in a modernized facility. The upgraded landfill will have an approximate site life of 20 years and will have a capacity of 500,000 cubic metres.

In support of the Operational Certificate, Upland has completed various geotechnical, hydrologic, and hydrogeological studies, preparation of a landfill design, operation and closure plan, and an environmental effects monitoring plan.

All technical reports can be found here.

The company has also conducted consultations with various community member leaders, First Nation groups and other stakeholders to discuss comments, further investigate and analyze the feedback for amendments to the studies and designs.

Upland and its employees are committed to the security and safety of the community’s drinking water, fish habitat and to providing a better environment for generations to come.