Community and environmental improvements
Reducing the impact on our community
The Brady Road Resource Management Facility provides a tempting food source and habitat for birds, such as seagulls and geese. These birds can cause problems when they interfere with the vehicles on the site, and create a nuisance in the surrounding neighbourhoods.
To help manage the birds and prevent them from nesting at the landfill, we use a variety of methods in compliance with current Canadian Wildlife Service regulations.
Trained falcons and hawks have been used at the landfill since 2011. A method called "lure flying" targets areas where seagulls and geese gather. A falconer swings a leather decoy in the air and the falcons and hawks swoop at the decoy. Seeing falcons and hawks in the air is typically enough to scare away the birds.
During the summer months, when the seagulls and geese can be more persistent, other methods are also used to scare away the birds, including:
- Trained dogs
To control odours in and around the Brady Road Resource Management Facility, we:
- Cover garbage on a daily basis.
- Use natural bio filters (woodchips) on manholes to capture and biologically remove odours.
- Continue to expand the landfill gas system, converting methane gas to carbon dioxide.
- Excavate dedicated pits for dead livestock, cover all loads immediately with woodchips, and cover and compact the pits at the end of each day.
- Monitor and measure odours in and around Brady Road on a weekly basis.
- Plant trees and shrubs on the berms along Brady Road and the perimeter.
Since November 2013, we have added 500 feet of portable fencing that can be moved, depending on the wind direction, to keep litter (e.g., plastic bags) from blowing out of the landfill.
We have built berms and planted various types of trees and shrubs to act as a litter barrier.
To deal with the litter that has blown into areas adjacent to the landfill:
- Between April and October, clean-up crews pick up litter three times per week, weather permitting.
- Clean-up crews concentrate first on areas on the north side of the property, along fence lines, ditches and adjacent properties. They will then clean along the Perimeter Highway, Waverley Street, Rue des Trappistes and Brady Road, as well as the farmer's field north of the Perimeter Highway, directly across from the landfill.
- Litter control during the winter months is performed on an as-required basis.
- Every spring, the City does a major clean-up to pick up material left over after the spring thaw.
Berms have been constructed along Brady Road and the perimeter using lime mud (the remaining material from sugar refining processes), to serve as an odour, noise and visual buffer.
The berms benefit the landfill, neighbouring properties and the environment:
- Hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of lime mud are reused, instead of landfilled.
- Visibility of the landfill from Brady Road and the perimeter is reduced.
- Noise from the landfill is buffered.
- Odours from the landfill are reduced by the trees and shrubs planted in compost material on the berms.
- Litter is trapped by the trees and shrubs planted on the berms.
Reducing the impact on our environment
A system to capture and flare landfill gases fired up in August 2013, to reduce the annual greenhouse gas emissions from the landfill by an amount equivalent to that produced by about 21,000 cars, and to help reduce landfill odour.
In the summer of 2017, the system will be expanded to include an additional 24 wells and 3,500 metres of piping. The expansion is expected to double the amount of landfill gas we collect.
More information can be found on our methane gas collection system page.
A 9-hectare composting pad was added in October 2013, to turn all the leaf and yard waste from the curbside collection program into thousands of cubic metres of nutrient-rich compost.
A biosolids composting trial began in 2015, to compost up to 20% of the biosolids (nutrient-rich by-product of sewage treatment) produced in Winnipeg. The expected 300 cubic metres of compost produced every week will be used as final cover on the landfill to enhance vegetation growth.
Since 2011, Wood Anchor, a reclaimed lumber and wood products company, has been diverting ash trees and old lumber from the landfill and transforming them into new products (e.g., furniture, flooring).
Surface water is managed to help control the water quality at the facility.
To learn about our upcoming projects, visit our public engagement website.
For questions and concerns about litter control or odours, contact 311.