Last Thursday, the Hawk Lake landfill was closed after its final day of operations, having reached capacity.
In 2019, Algonquin Highlands councillors decided to shut the site, which had been deemed not suitable for expansion, rather than converting it to a transfer station.
In a report at that time from Melissa Murray, environmental co-ordinator, Hawk Lake landfill was reported to receive 18 per cent of the township’s total landfill traffic, with more than 55 per cent of that traffic being generated between May 1 and Oct. 1. Throughout the year, the average number of vehicles was 42 per day.
Factoring in the closure of the Hawk Lake landfill, a report from Murray indicated the remaining estimated life spans of the township’s landfills to be 28 years for Pine Springs, 73 years for Oxtongue Lake, and 88 years for the landfill at Maple Lake. A transfer station is also available in Dorset.
with files from the Minden Times