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Southwestern Landfill Environmental Assessment

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Landfills employ people with a wide variety of skills, experience, and education. 

If approved, the Southwestern Landfill would create a wide range of job opportunities in the local community. This includes supervisors, skilled trades, environmental engineers, heavy equipment operators, environmental and health & safety specialists, scalehouse attendants, field technicians, and administrative roles just to name a few!

 

Photo of Scalehouse AttendantScalehouse Attendants

Landfills have daily and annual tonnage limits, so scalehouse attendants weigh trucks in and out to track truck weights. This is important since landfills have daily and annual tonnage limits. The attendants also check the paperwork for each incoming truck to make sure that it was already approved ahead of time. If trucks arrive without pre-approved paperwork, they are turned away.

We look for friendly, detail-oriented people to fill this important, full-time role.

 

 

Photo of Compactor OperatorCompactor Operators

Compactor operators compact the waste so it takes up less space. These heavy operators are also monitor the waste as it is unloaded from trucks. They are trained to look for types of waste that cannot be accepted at our landfill, like car tires or liquid waste. If they see an unacceptable waste, the waste is loaded back into the truck and an investigation is started to prevent issues in the future.

Heavy equipment operators who are passionate about safety and using best practices are a great fit for this role!

 

 

Photo of Operations SupervisorOperations Supervisor

The operations supervisor makes sure employees have the training and knowledge they need, ensures the landfill is adhering to all laws and approvals, and keeps things running smoothly. They also have many environmental, health and safety responsibilities to support a safe and healthy workplace for everyone.

Great operations managers don't all fit the same mold - they come from a wide range of experience and education. What they have in common is a passion for taking on aleadership role, caring for employees and neighbours, and a dedication to using best practices.

 

Photo of Landfill Gas TechnicianLandfill Gas Technicians

Did you know that landfills produce gas that can be used for renewable energy? Landfill gas technicians monitor and adjust gas collection wells to optimize landfill gas collection, which also prevents odours. Landfill gas is created over time, as organic material, like kitchen scraps or wood, breaks down in a landfill. This gas can be used to create electricity, renewable natural gas, or other energy sources!

Landfill gas technicians usually have a college or university education in environmental or engineering fields, and enjoy working outside!

 

 

Waste Approval Photo of Waste Approval Employee

You may have brought a load of waste, like old furniture, to a public waste drop-off centre. The process is a bit different at the main landfill site, where waste must be pre-approved before it's shipped. At our landfills, only solid, non-hazardous waste is permitted, so waste approval employees review detailed waste information forms and chemical analysis of waste to decide whether or not it is approved. 

Waste approval employees typically have an environmental science education and/or experience as an environmental technician.

 

 

Photo of Wildlife Control EmployeeWildlife Control

Seagulls and other birds are attracted to landfills because they can find things to eat. Birds can be a nuisance to neighbours and to our operations, so wildlife control is an important role. Often, landfills employ falconers, who keep birds away using birds of prey. At our landfill in Niagara Falls, the falconer currently flies peregrine falcons, siberian goshawks and a harris hawk. When scavenging birds like seagulls see these birds of prey, their natural instinct is to avoid the area and find somewhere else to hang out.

 

 

Photo of Project/Construction ManagersProject/Construction Managers

Building and maintaining a landfill involves a lot of construction activities, like building the landfill liner (typically one section each year), buildings, landfill gas facilities, and roads. Experienced and trained project/construction managers make sure things are built safely and according to design specificiations, approvals, and laws/codes. These full-time employees typically have education in engineering, and experience managing construction projects. 

 

 

 

Photo of Traffic Enforcement EmployeeTraffic Enforcement

The vast majority of trucks arriving at our landfills are not Walker trucks - they are from other trucking companies. However, that doesn't mean we can't do our best to make sure they are taking the correct route to the landfill and following the rules of the road. Traffic enforcement personnel check that trucks are following the designated haul route and that they obey speed limits. 

 

 

 

 

Photo of Litter Maintenance Employee

Litter Maintenance

We take pride in a clean and tidy facility. Our litter maintenance employees play an important role in keeping the area clean for our neighbours and the local environment.  Each day, litter maintenance employees drive around the property boundary, picking up litter. If there is a very windy day and litter might have blown further, they expand their clean-up area.

For this role, we look for a safety-focused person who understands the importance of being a good neighbour. Keeping safe while working along roadways is important for the employees and other drivers!