About Terrapure Environmental
Terrapure Environmental was established in March of 2015, following the sale of the former Industrial Division of Calgary-based Newalta Corporation. With the sale, the division became a new, stand-alone company operating under the business name Terrapure Environmental.
Terrapure is a leading Canadian provider of innovative, cost-effective environmental services and recycling solutions that help address industry’s most complex environmental challenges. Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, Terrapure employs 1000 people and operates an integrated network of over 30 government-regulated facilities from coast to coast. This includes 5 facilities and 1 head office in Ontario.
With an unwavering focus on health and safety excellence, the company provides services that minimize waste and maximize the recovery or recycling of valuable industrial by-products through its facility network and on customer sites. This includes a used lubricating oil re-refinery in North Vancouver, British Columbia; Canada’s largest lead-acid battery recycling facility in Ville Ste-Catherine, Quebec; as well as operations that enhance the environmental sustainability of industry sectors, including automotive, chemical and petro-chemical, manufacturing, marine, mining, municipal, pulp and paper, and transportation.
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About the Stoney Creek Regional Facility
The Stoney Creek Regional Facility opened in 1996 as the Taro East Landfill, under the ownership of PSC Industrial Services. Newalta acquired the site in 2006 with its acquisition of PSC Canada. In 2015, the Industrial Division of Newalta was sold and a new company, Terrapure Environmental, was formed, which includes the Stoney Creek Regional Facility.
The site receives solid, non-hazardous residual materials from commercial, industrial and institutional sources that have exhausted all recycling options. These materials include residues from local steelmaking and other industrial operations, excavation materials from industrial sites, construction/demolition materials and rubble - primarily from the Hamilton Area. The site does not receive municipal garbage.
The site is permitted to receive up to 250 trucks per day; however, the average daily number received is about 70-80 trucks – well below the permitted limit.
The site is permitted to receive 750,000 tonnes of material annually, taking in a combination of residual material and industrial soils, or "fill".
Once the site has reached its maximum lifetime capacity, Terrapure, the City of Hamilton and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change in consultation with the community, will determine its post-closure plans. This could include converting the site to a passive park or golf course, for example.
Environmental Controls and Monitoring
Terrapure’s operational and compliance record at the site is exemplary. We operate in compliance with or exceeding all regulatory requirements. Terrapure has never had a serious issue related to receiving or handling material at the site.
The highly engineered site ensures maximum environmental protection through a double-liner system. It is constructed with two levels of natural clay liner and a single geosynthetic membrane liner, along with extensive leachate and groundwater collection systems. The liner is approximately 10 feet thick and ensures nothing is able to escape to the natural environment. The design has been called “state of the art” by an independent panel of experts.
Terrapure employs two full-time environmental technicians whose sole responsibilities are to monitor and ensure compliance with all environmental regulations. They screen incoming materials to the site and monitor groundwater, surface water, leachate and various other aspects of facility operations.
All new materials received at the site must be analyzed and pre-approved for acceptance by independent, accredited third-party laboratories to ensure only permitted non-hazardous industrial material is received. Once material arrives at the site, analysis and documentation are verified and the material is visually inspected. Terrapure also conducts random sample analyses of incoming vehicles and materials.
In addition to our own rigorous procedures, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change performs random inspections at the site on a periodic basis.
Terrapure also commissions an independent annual Community Health Assessment Review, which has consistently concluded that the facility poses no scientifically significant or measurable potential impact to human and environmental health. The study reviews the cumulative impacts of ongoing monitoring data of key parameters that could impact the health of the local community, including: air quality, leachate,
groundwater and surface water.
In 2012, Hamilton Public Health did an evaluation of the site, which can be downloaded here.