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Sagamok LANDFILL


Sagamok’s community landfill is located along the far eastern loop of Sagamok Road.  Constructed in 1997, this landfill was built to be expanded in a modular way with the opening of successive cells adjacent to cells being retired. 

 

Sagamok’s landfill is for the use of Sagamok community residents only. 

 

The 400m road comes into the dumpsite from the east.  On the left (north) are two currently inactive sewage lagoons.  Along the north boundary of the site is a small operator’s portable unit, and area for appliances and other aluminum scrap, hazardous waste and a new building that now houses Sagamok’s recycling operations.  Recycled materials are now taken to this building upon being collected where they are sorted and processed for shipping to buyers of these raw materials.  Active cells are located in the south and bordered to the east with wood wastes. 

 

Waste is a human issue and yet the concern of every living being. 

 

Since Sagamok’s landfill was constructed, the community’s population has grown beyond the expectations of planners in 1997.  Today’s ways of living as consumers of “things” that don’t last long, are often toxic in their own rite, and come in packaging materials that become waste, have contributed to exponential increases in personal and household wastes going back to post-war times and having intensified in the last few generations. 

 

When it was constructed, the expected lifetime of Sagamok’s landfill was projected to be 30 years.  23 years later, the Sagamok landfill is at 75% capacity and we expect it to continue to be of use to the community well into the year 2026, representing an extension of 10 years added to the lifetime of Sagamok’s landfill.  This extension is due to successful waste diversion strategies used in Sagamok with the establishment of the community’s recycling program in 2005. 

 

Since 2005, the Sagamok community has successfully diverted __ from the Sagamok landfill. 

 

In 2013, Sagamok - electronics

 

Waste management continues to be a challenge for First Nations, generally speaking, because landfills, garbage collection services and transfer stations are not funded through federal or provincial sources. 

 

 

Concerned with your family's safety!

 

Key to the safety of the Sagamok community is a well managed landfill that is operated with the intention of protecting the community from exposure to toxic chemicals.  

 

Sagamok’s landfill is encased in a cement berm that is engineered to contain everything that is placed inside – including all the toxins that may have been thrown away that could leak out into the surrounding environment.    This is a serious concern for Sagamok. 

 

The landfill has drilled holes at various locations outside the berm that go down different levels into the water table.  Once a year, water samples are taken from these drilled holes and tested extensively for a wide variety of potential contaminants.  Testing is conducted by _Environmental Health.  To date, there have been no results returned indicating that the berm has been breached allowing contaminants into the surrounding ecosystem. 

 

Another serious concern for Sagamok arises from the burning of landfill wastes that release harmful environmental pollutants like dioxins and furans into the air that can reach residential areas and negatively impact the health of community members.  Users of the landfill are asked to not start fires, take all measures possible to prevent igniting fires and report fires they observe by dialing 9-1-1. 

 

There are designated areas at the landfill for household hazardous waste and construction waste.  When there is enough hazardous waste, it will be delivered to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot in Espanola for proper disposal.  There are separate areas for cement based materials, lumber, asphalt shingles, metals, and fiberglass insulation (which must be double bagged) before disposing at the landfill.  If any building materials can be re-used, it is recommended that they be placed in a separate area at the landfill.  Interested persons can  collect any reusable construction materials that are put aside.