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Opening of Operations Centre at Maple Lake Waste Disposal Site

The new operations centre at the Maple Lake Waste Disposal Site is now available to residents, with members of Algonquin Highlands Council presiding over an official opening of the facility on June 27.

“It’s really an exciting day for the municipality,” said Mayor Liz Danielsen. “This project has been a long time in the planning, and it is really an exciting project. It’s obviously working so much better for everybody, so much more organized, and cost effective.”

The project entails two phases, the first of which is now complete, and includes the relocation of the collections area from the active landfill area at the site. The new collections area measures approximately 1.5 hectares. With an estimated 45 years of landfill capacity remaining at the Maple Lake site, this transition means the landfill can be managed more efficiently, potentially extending its lifespan. The Maple Lake site is utilized by more than 50 per cent of the Township’s population, with almost 30,000 vehicles passing through annually.

Danielsen thanked Township staff and contractors for their work on the years-long project, including Environmental Manager Melissa Murray, Public Works Manager Adam Thorn and Chief Administrative Officer Angie Bird. Cambium Inc. supported the project through design, approvals and pre-construction project management, while the construction contract was awarded to Wier Gradall. The project was first considered by Council in 2019, with a draft plan presented in 2020 and project planning taking place throughout 2021. Construction got underway in the fall of 2022.

The project’s second phase, the installation of a weigh scale at the facility, is scheduled to be completed in 2023.


Contact Information
Melissa Murray
Environmental Manager
705-489-2379, Ext. 332

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