The Golden landfill has been in Golden for well over 50 years. Now, one resident is saying it’s becoming a hazard to her property and possibly the Town of Golden itself.
Andrea Weissenborn and her family have owned the property next the landfill for a number of years and have often dealt with litter, odour, and raven issues. Despite their many complaints to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District who operates the site, they say nothing has changed.
This spring, Weissenborn said the litter was extensive as water carried the garbage onto their property for 100 metres. The CSRD was contacted and a cleanup was conducted with over 200 bags of garbage being removed. However, there is still a considerable amount of litter on the property and the further you go into the property, the more it piles up.
In a November 1 letter to Weissenborn, Reidar Zapf-Gilje, Chair of the Contaminated Sites Roster concluded that based on the information he received from Weissenborn, it was his opinion that the landfill did not conform with the requirements of the Landfill Criteria for Municipal Solid Waste. He stated that the three major non-conformance issues include off-site migration of leachate contaminated groundwater, site suitability and sensitive land use, and vector/wildlife and nuisance.
Weissenborn brought her concerns to the Town Council on December 5. She said the CSRD should have a buffer zone between the site and her property.
While they don’t currently have a buffer zone, Weissenborn said she would be willing to sell land to provide that zone.
The council heard her concerns and made a request for CSRD staff to come to a future town meeting to provide an update on the site.
Mayor Ron Oszust said he wants to ensure that those who have concerns to come to the update when they announce it. Oszust visited the site with members of the council earlier this spring and said he was shocked by what he saw, both in garbage and debris as well as the volume of surface water that was flowing from the landfill to the Weissenborn property.
While a date has not yet been set for CSRD to come, Oszust says he is looking forward to meeting with them and he hopes Weisenborn and her family come as well.
Weissenborn says she hopes action will be taken soon and looks forward to it
The landfill began as an unofficial and unmonitored dumping site until the Town of Golden had a permit to operate the site in 1974 before the CSRD took over its operation in the late 1970s.