Keira Binnie, 7, learns about the benefits of recycling. Many things can be made out of plastic bottles including furniture. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Laurie Benjamin demonstrates what about 2,000 lbs of recyclables look like once it has been compacted. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
The Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre offered tours of its facilities. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Peyton, Billie and Phil Bennett hang out with Curby the Green Cart and Toby the Triple R Can, two of the OVWRC’s mascots. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
The Open House had several activities for children. Kolton Madill, 4, paints a pumpkin decoration.(Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Visitors enjoyed exploring the different vehicles used at the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
OVWRC celebrates 15th anniversary
By Patricia Leboeuf
Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2017
Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre (OVWRC) is a huge success story.
Using cutting-edge environmental technology, it has been providing quality waste management services to the community for the past 15 years.
They have made great strides in their efforts to “walk lightly on the environment,” said Steve Bennett, Chairman of the OVWRC Management Board and Mayor of Laurentian Valley. “The Centre has gained recognition within the waste diversion industry, has established award-winning programs and has achieved significant milestones,” he said.
This includes the installation of an engineered wetland to treat landfill leachate impacted water, sorting and separation of mixed construction and demolition impact waste, construction of a landfill gas collection system, opening of a permanent Reuse Centre to divert usable household goods from the landfill, and a poplar tree plantation to assist with water absorption and filtration. “We are very environmentally friendly,” said Elizabeth Graham, Communication Officer. “Everything we do focuses on environmental protection and extending the life of our local landfill site.”
To celebrate this decade and a half of progressive waste management, the OVWRC opened its facilities to the public on Sept. 30. Members of the community explored the landfill, learned about OVWRC programs, took part in fun activities and a blue box swap, and climbed aboard some of the vehicles the centre routinely uses. “It is a way for us to share with the community because the community is what made us a success,” said Graham.
There are four municipalities that own and operate the OVWRC: Pembroke, Petawawa, Laurentian Valley and North Algona Wilberforce. They have worked tirelessly together to make the Centre a world-class facility that will protect the environment while disposing of waste. “It goes beyond the original mandate that it had,” said Mayor of Petawawa Bob Sweet. “It is marvelous.”
He is very proud of the fact that the Centre is way beyond the curve in terms of its technology.
The OVWRC also uses innovated programs from all over the world. There was the fear that the landfill would have to close after just two years of use since its environmental impact had grown too large. With the implementation of new programs and technology, it will last more than 25 years.
“That is a result of being a really, really committed management group,” said Sweet. “It is a great example of what can happen when everybody has a vision and comes together to make it happen.”