One million cubic meters (about 1.3 million cubic yards) of dirt from construction of the Windsor-Essex Parkway in Ontario will be disposed of at the closed Maidstone landfill on nearby County Road 25, Ontario's The Windsor Star reported.
Parkway contractor Amico Infrastructures Inc. will dig up 3.9 million cubic meters (about 5.1 million cubic yards) of dirt building the highway, the article indicates. Most of that dirt will be reused to make berms and drains, and the rest will be shipped to the Maidstone landfill. Earlier plans to dump the dirt on nearby agricultural land were rejected, according to the article.
The Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to pay Amico $1.4 million to prepare the Maidstone landfill to accept the dirt. The landfill has been closed for more than a decade.
A new dirt cap on the landfill is expected to save the waste authority money by decreasing the amount of leachate runoff the city must pay to haul and treat, the newspaper reported. Local government representatives are seeking to have Amico help pay to rebuild the road to the landfill that will be used by 200 trucks per day, according to the article.