BC Ministry of Environment approves seven-hectare annex to the Cache Creek Landfill

    -- Annex will add two years of capacity to existing landfill and critical
    additional time for Metro Vancouver to evaluate solid waste management
    options --

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - Wastech Services Ltd. announced today that it
has received approval, from the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, by
way of an amendment to the Cache Creek Landfill's operating certificate to
allow for a new seven-hectare annex on land immediately adjacent to the
existing landfill.
    Based on the current volume of solid waste disposed in the Cache Creek
Landfill, the annex will extend capacity of the landfill by up to two years or
to the end of 2012.
    "We are pleased to move forward with the annex to the Cache Creek
Landfill," said Russ Black, General Manager of Wastech. "The Ministry's
approval comes at a critical time for Metro Vancouver, which is in the process
of updating its long-term waste management plan. With the addition of the
annex, Metro Vancouver has the opportunity to implement a number of diversion
initiatives to reduce the volume of waste disposed which will extend the life
of the landfill. At the same time, this development gives Metro Vancouver much
needed additional time to thoroughly evaluate the full range of available
waste management options from a health, environmental, and economic
    In June the Cache Creek Landfill received a positive review from AMEC, an
independent environmental engineering firm commissioned by the British
Columbia Ministry of Environment.
    Wastech's parent company Belkorp Environmental Services Inc. has also
applied to the BC Environmental Assessment Agency for another 42 -hectare
extension to the landfill, which would provide an additional 17 to 25 years of
capacity. In addition to reducing, recycling, reusing, the Extension would
provide a necessary bridge toward achieving Metro Vancouver's zero-waste goal.

    About Wastech Services Ltd.

    Wastech, owned by Belkorp Environmental Services, currently operates the
Cache Creek Landfill in partnership with the Village of Cache Creek. The
Company also owns and/or operates four solid waste transfer stations in the
Lower Mainland, a recycling and a resource recovery facility in Coquitlam, and
transports the portion of the region's solid waste currently allocated to the
Cache Creek Landfill.

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