CSWM expects to start the tendering process soon for the new cell at the landfill in the Comox Valley in 2021. Record file photo

CSWM expects to start the tendering process soon for the new cell at the landfill in the Comox Valley in 2021. Record file photo

Comox Strathcona Waste Management calls for design work on landfill cell

Staff expect they will issue request for qualifications for construction in first half of 2021

Comox Strathcona Waste Management expects to start the process of finding a firm to build its new landfill in the Comox Valley in the first half of 2021.

Solid waste analyst Sarah Willie updated CSWM board members at their Sept. 10 meeting about the expansion of the landfill at the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre in Cumberland.

She said they expect to issue a request for qualifications (RFQ) in the second quarter of next year, with an expectation of up to one year for the construction of Cell 2.

Cell 1 was built in 2016-17 and it was expected to reach capacity in about six years, based on disposal rates at the time.

“The anticipated lifetime will be about 2023-2024,” she said.

While the construction contract for the second cell is to go out next year, CSWM expects to procure design and engineering work for the region’s landfill site in 2020.

“Cell 2 will be placed just to the south of Cell 1,” Willie said.

RELATED STORY: Cell 1 starts to fill at Waste Management Centre

The budgeted amount for the construction of the new cell is roughly $8 million. The design work is expected to cost just over $800,000, according to a staff report.

For cost-effectiveness reasons, they also plan to include some complementary work in with the design and construction of the new cell and leachate collection system. These include the design of the landfill gas header piping from the flare station to the two cells.

“Currently, our header only goes to the existing historical landfill and collects gas from there,” she said.

CSWM has been installing gas wells, with three in place and four more going in over the next month, though at present there is no way to connect the wells to the flare.

RELATED STORY: More rain may mean more leachate at landfill in Cumberland

Other additional work will include a fill plan for Cell 2 that takes into account surface water management and leachate generation rates. As well, CSWM wants to update the design and closure plan and the operations plan for the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre. These have not been updated since 2016.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

waste disposal

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Security camera image of 7-Eleven robbery suspect. Photo supplied.
Late-night Courtenay robbery results in 500-plus days in jail

Heatley’s sentence also includes probation, DNA order, firearms ban

A 3.0-magnitude earthquake occurred off Ucluelet just after 12:30 a.m. on April 10 and was reportedly felt as far south as Oregon. (Map via United States Geological Survey)
Quake off Ucluelet reportedly felt as far south as Oregon

Magnitude 1.5 earthquake also reported off Vancouver Island’s west coast hours earlier

The CSRHD board has diverging views on its relationship with Island Health. File photo
Comox-Strathcona board ponders relationship with Island Health

“We have to stand together … to get our share of the health budget.”

The CVCDA Accessibility Project is creating safer ramps at the Courtenay facility. Photo supplied
Accessibility project underway at Comox Valley Child Development Association

Over the past month, you may have noticed some construction underway behind… Continue reading

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan describe vaccine rollout at the legislature, March 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
1,262 more COVID-19 infections in B.C. Friday, 9,574 active cases

Province’s mass vaccination reaches one million people

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod, seen here on April 9, 2021 with four-year-old sister Elena and mom Vanessa, was born with limb differences. The family, including husband/dad Sean McLeod, is looking for a family puppy that also has a limb difference. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
B.C. family looking for puppy with limb difference, just like 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy McLeod born as bilateral amputee, now her family wants to find ‘companion’ puppy for her

A vehicle that was driven through the wall of a parkade at Uptown Shopping Centre and into the nearby Walmart on April 9 was removed through another hole in the wall later that night. (Photo via Saanich Police Department and Ayush Kakkar)
Vehicle launched into B.C. Walmart removed following rescue of trapped workers

Crews cut new hole in parkade wall to remove vehicle safely

Four members with Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans were out at Cultus Lake on March 28 and 29 hauling trash out of the waters. (Henry Wang)
PHOTOS: Out-of-town divers remove 100s of pounds of trash from Cultus Lake

Members of Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans hauled out 470 pounds of trash over two days

As of Saturday, April 10, people born in 1961 are the latest to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. (Black Press files)
B.C. residents age 60+ can now register to get their COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccine registration is now open to people born in 1961 or earlier

A new saline gargle test, made in B.C., will soon be replacing COVID-19 nasal swab tests for kids. (PHSA screenshot)
Take-home COVID-19 tests available for some B.C. students who fall ill at school

BC Children’s Hospital plans to provide 1,200 kits to Vancouver district schools this April

Ruming Jiang and his dog Chiu Chiu are doing fine following a brush with hypothermia that saw several people work together to get them out of the Fraser River near Langley’s Derby Reach Park on March 25, 2021 (Special to the Advance Times)
Man finds men who rescued him from drowning in B.C.’s Fraser River

A grateful Ruming Jiang says he will thank them again, this time in person when the pandemic ends

The 10-part Netflix series Maid, which is being exclusively shot in Greater Victoria, was filming near Prospect Lake in Saanich last month. (Photo courtesy Fred Haynes)
Province announces $150,000 towards South Island film studio, fulfilling B.C. NDP promise

Investment to fund movie studio feasibility study at Camosun College

Most Read