Ministry regulates brush and branch disposal

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Allyson Beauregard


Allyson Beauregard

SHAWVILLE & CLARENDON – The municipalities of Shawville and Clarendon have developed a solution for brush and branch waste following a Ministry of the Environment inspection at the Pontiac Transfer Station in May 2018 where the owners were told they are no longer able to accept the materials. As of May 1, a brush and branch disposal site was opened at the old municipal dump on the 8th Concession.
The Ministry first visited the Transfer Station in May 2018 and informed the owners of Tom Orr Cartage, the company managing the site, that not only could lawn and garden waste no longer be accepted, but that the nine
years’ worth of debris would also have to be removed. After negotiations, the Ministry proposed controlled burning as an alternative and this process is still ongoing. 
The new site, jointly managed by the two municipalities and open only to their residents, accepts brush and branches free of charge. According to Patricia Hobbs, Clarendon Director General, the municipalities are still in discussion with the Ministry to determine if other materials like lawn clippings and leaves can be accepted and what will be done with the collected materials (e.g. transported elsewhere, left to compost). A special committee comprised of three councillors and the mayor from each municipality has been created to focus on the issue.