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A W Waste disposal Milton

 

Disposal of waste in a landfill involves burying the waste and this remains a common practice by A W Waste disposal Milton in Ontario.   Landfills have been used to fill in abandoned or unused quarries and mining operations.

Post by Brad Wheller.

Roll-off truck The design of a modern landfill in Ontario will include methods to contain leachate such as clay and plastic lining material.  Dumped A W Waste is normally compacted to increase its density and stability and then covered with soil to prevent attracting mice or rats.  The newer landfills have gas extraction systems installed to extract the landfill gas.

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Modern Landfill

Disposal of waste in a landfill involves burying the waste and this remains a common practice in Ontario.  Landfills have been used to fill in abandoned or unused quarries and mining operations.

A well designed and well-managed landfill can be a hygienic and relatively inexpensive method of disposing of waste materials.  An older, poor designed or un-managed landfill can generate environmental impacts like wind-blown litter, the attraction of vermin, and generation of leachate.  Another common product of landfills is methane and carbon dioxide, which is produced as organic waste breaks down. This gas can cause odor problems, kill surface vegetation and is an undesirable greenhouse gas.

The design of a modern landfill in Ontario will include methods to contain leachate such as clay and plastic lining material. Dumped waste is normally compacted to increase its density and stability and then covered with soil to prevent attracting mice or rats.

The newer landfills have gas extraction systems installed to extract the landfill gas. Gas is pumped out of the landfill using perforated pipes and then is flared off or utilized in a gas powered generator to produce electricity needed at the landfill.

They don’t tell you that the raw materials, oil and natural gas, from whose byproducts plastic carryout bags are made, were in the ground for thousands if not millions of years.  So all that we are doing is putting back into the ground what we extracted from it in the first place, but we put it back in a different and more stable form.

Country Water, city Water

Most of us who live rurally are not on city water, we have our own water wells. With these wells there are some maintenance issues and certain responsibilities.

I enjoy having a well. I love not paying for water– not being dependent on “the grid”. I know people paying for the water coming into the house and the water going out of the house as well.

So what are some of the required maintenance and responsibilities of having a water well? Here is the list– much of it should come easy to self-reliant people. You need to:

Change the sediment filters every few months; I would replace bacteria control at least every 3-4 months. It depends on the composition of the soil, that the water is in.

Test your water for safety from time to time. My region has a well water testing program that will run basic fecal and bacterial tests for free

Conserve water in the warmer, dryer months water well owners should NOT be using ground water to hydrate their lawn. The supply is free and should be shared.

Be careful about the chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, etc., that you use on the property. You may end up drinking it from your water well. Avoid over dosing any processed chemicals, follow instructions and limit the amount used.

Do not dump any liquids anywhere on the property. Used motor oil is usually accepted by law at any oil change center. A small amount of anti-freeze can be deadly.

Be conscious that an electrical outage will impact your well pump, and plan to store both potable and non-potable water, for drinking and toilet flushing.
Another good source, if it is legal, think about rain barrels under downspouts to collect water and offset well usage for vegetation and/or animal hydration.

The bottom line is to think about, care for, and plan contingencies in relation to your well water supply, safety and health.

Brad Wheller, learn every day.

Rentals for Riches

27 Side Road Bridge

A map of the Greater Toronto Area with the Cit...

A map of the Greater Toronto Area with the City of Toronto and the four surrounding regional municipalities. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reconstruction of 27 Side Road Silver Creek Bridge, Halton Hills March 13, 2013

Public Information Centre Wed. March 13, 2013

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Town of Halton Hills

Esquesing room 1 Halton Hills Drive, Ontario

905.873.2601 –

Silver Creek

Silver Creek (Photo credit: windsordi)

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Fallbrook; Is Heritage  Designation going to be enough?

Silver Creek Bridge on 27 Side road, by the Fallbrook

English: A drawing of the principle behind a c...

English: A drawing of the principle behind a corbelled arch. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trail Farm property is a single vault bridge and “it is a rare and breathtaking example of a true masonry arch bridge”, says Heritage Halton Hills.  Council voted to get more public input on a staff recommendation to close 27 Sideroad to vehicular traffic at the bridge, due to its increasingly deteriorating state.

Review the preliminary project drawings and discuss the proposed work.

In September 2007, Credit Valley Conservation, owners of the Fallbrook Trail Farm property, applied to the Town for a demolition permit for the deteriorating empty building improperly closed up, plagued by mold and poor care in order to return the land to its natural state.  Three months later, a citizens’ group to save the old building and use it as a heritage education centre.

150 Friends of Fallbrook Farm (FFF) remained with support of a report by a heritage expert stressing the property’s heritage value.  Halton Hills’ heritage advisory committee (Heritage Halton Hills) reversed its earlier position and now called on the Town to designate the property.

At its December meeting, Halton Hills council voted to approve a Heritage Halton Hills report calling for the designation of Fallbrook Farm, including the log cabin portion of the house, mill site and Silver Creek bridge.

The west side of the home is the original 19th century log cabin built with squared, red pine rough bark logs, and is one of the few remaining structures of this type left in Halton Hills. The additions to the home have no design or heritage value, stated the HHH in its report to council.

The Silver Creek Bridge on 27 Sideroad by the farm is a single vault bridge and “it is a rare and breathtaking example of a true masonry arch bridge”, said HHH.  In a related matter, council voted to get more public input on a staff recommendation to close 27 Sideroad to vehicular traffic at the bridge, due to its increasingly deteriorating state.

HHH says the mill site “has the potential to clearly demonstrate the evolution of a typical example of the community’s first industrial complex… and has remained largely undisturbed since it was abandoned.”

The whole Fallbrook site is important, as it represents 500 years of history on two hectares.   FFF would like the First Nations history explored as well.

The history of the Fallbrook property does go back to early North American time…. These are national treasures we’re talking about here of our heritage over fears and conjecture about the (financial) future?”

we don’t have any rich donors at the moment, and we’ll need a lot of small donors…. We need a trigger and hopefully this Bridge at Silver Creek issue is the trigger.”

He added FFF is looking to the CVC as the property owner to support them on grant applications.

Kirkwood said FFF members have already spent $20,000 of their own money.

It would depend on community support to close 27 Sideroad to vehicular traffic at the bridge and we have had that.

Meanwhile FFF members continue to collect information on the heritage of the area, and the group presented certificates to 30 “elders” who have given the group an oral history of the Fallbrook/Ballinafad area.

McKay said it was a celebration of the rich history of this community, which until up to now had not been fully recorded.


“Both parties have made a sincere effort; however, more than two years has passed with no measurable success. With a large set of priority projects and limited human and financial resources to meet assigned targets, the recommendation is to curtail any further work on the development and implementation of the Fallbrook Farmhouse Heritage Project.”

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