Halifax to address landfill gas with new funding

Greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced at the former site of Halifax’s Highway 101 landfill after a combined investment of over $500,000 from the federal and Nova Scotia governments along with the Halifax Regional Municipality.

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The federal government is investing $200,400 through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Nova Scotia is investing $167,000 and the Halifax Regional Municipality is contributing $133,600.

“This project will ensure that greenhouse gases from the former site of the Highway 101 landfill will continue to be collected in an environmentally responsible way,” said Darrell Samson, parliamentary secretary to the minister of rural economic development.

From 2005 to 2022, methane gas was collected from the former landfill to produce electricity. As the methane supply in the closed landfill has significantly declined, producing electricity is no longer a viable option.

Through an engineering study, this project will determine what infrastructure is needed for the collection and treatment of landfill gas. The project also includes the construction and installation of the required infrastructure that will reduce pollutants, odours, and greenhouse gas emissions from the landfill site.