Responsible waste management in Annapolis County

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Pictured above is Button Brook, a tributary to the Annapolis River and adjacent to a planned Waste Transfer Station.

​​Did you know that the Municipality of the County of Annapolis has purchased land for cash and tax receipts worth $750,000 to build a new solid Waste Transfer Station and household hazardous waste facility?

But there are some serious problems with their plan:

  1. The new site at at 4763 Highway 201 is close to the Annapolis River and directly adjacent to Button Brook, which flows into the river.
  2. The facility design doesn’t meet the NS Dept. of the Environment’s Guidelines for the Siting and Operation of Waste Transfer Stations, particularly the need for impermeable receiving floors, and collection, monitoring, and treatment of leakage from the garbage. The guidelines require groundwater and surface water monitoring, but the County’s site plan did not show how it would meet this requirement.
  3. The new site contains a construction and demolition debris landfill, which the County will continue to operate, taking on environmental liabilities from previous operations.
  4. There is no immediate access to Hwy 101, so unnecessary heavy traffic must travel on the old Hwy 201 through small rural communities and farming areas.
  5. Taxpayers shouldn’t pay for two Transfer Stations when only one is needed. The new site is only 12 km from the Lawrencetown Waste Transfer Station, which Valley Waste stopped Annapolis County from using due to their legal dispute, while taxpayers throughout the Valley are paying legal costs for both sides of the dispute.

Despite these problems,

  • The County did not consult residents on this major planning and land use project. Council discussions were held behind closed doors. 
  • There has been no County-wide announcement or public information about the proposed new Waste Transfer Station.
  • Environmental assessments, feasibility studies, traffic studies and community impact assessments for the site have either not been done, or the results have not been made public.
  • The total capital costs, in addition to the land purchase, to build the new facility and acquire the equipment to operate it, plus annual operating costs, have not been made public.
  • On October 1, 2019, Council responded to residents’ concerns and said they would "consider options," but does not appear to be including the public in proposing or reviewing options.

Please join our community in demanding that the Municipality of the County of Annapolis:

  • Protect our environment, community, and local economy from the impacts of irresponsible waste management.
  • Stop spending taxpayer money on an unnecessary new Waste Transfer Station.
  • Stop the legal fight with our neighbouring towns and municipalities that costs everyone and negotiate access to the Lawrencetown Waste Transfer Station.
  • Inform and consult residents and taxpayers before making consequential waste management planning decisions.

If you have further questions, comments, or concerns, please contact your local Councillor (see https://annapoliscounty.ca/government/municipal-council) and call:

  • Timothy Habinski, Warden and Councillor District 7: 902-955-0258
  • Stephen MacNeil, MLA, Constituency office: 902-825-2093