Cornwall planning for Akwesasne garbage

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – The city has put the wheels in motion to potentially accept garbage from Akwesasne.

The corporation posted a notice of commencement today (Monday) that it’s proposing to accept non-hazardous waste at the Cornwall landfill on Cornwall Centre Road from the three territories of Akwesasne (Cornwall Island, Snye, St. Regis).

Cornwall, South Stormont, South Dundas and Akwesasne already work together on recycling programs so accepting trash would make sense, the city argues. The city also believes it will save money for local ratepayers because more users would be paying for the landfill.

This is the first step in a long regulatory and environmental process.

The plan is not expected to change the landfill’s rate of fill (how much trash it accepts each year) and the footprint doesn’t need to change, according to the notice.

An open office (technically different than an open house as per Ontario government standards) will held on Wednesday next week (Dec. 6) at 1 p.m. at the Cornwall water treatment plant at 861 Second Street West.

If approved, the city would start accepting Akwesasne curbside garbage in April.