The Campbell Hill Landfill

The Campbell Hill Landfill provides environmentally-sound solid waste disposal services on a commercial contract basis. Committed to upholding the highest environmental standards, the landfill is unique in design and operations. With a liner system double the BC Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy’s regulatory standard, an active gas collection system which converts landfill gas into electricity, along with the flexibility to support the long-term goal of zero waste, the landfill is a leader in environmental best practices.

 

The Campbell Hill Landfill operates under Wastech Services Inc., an established BC company with a long standing history of making a positive impact in the environmental sector. Since 1989, Wastech has operated environmental businesses across BC focusing on waste management and initiatives related to greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy.

 

Wastech Services Inc and the Village of Cache Creek jointly hold the landfill’s Operational Certificate. Together, they have a proven track record of operating excellence as demonstrated over the 20-year active landfill operation and post-closure care of the former Cache Creek Landfill, which closed in 2016.

environmental excellence

Committed to upholding the highest environmental standards, the Campbell Hill Landfill is unique in design and operations.

 

The liner consists of two layers of composite high-density polyethylene (HDPE) with a geosynthetic clay liner (GCL), which is double the BC Ministry of Environment’s regulatory standard for new landfills. The liner has 14 layers of processed material which is an extremely robust system and will help prevent leachate migration into the surrounding environment.

 

The project was awarded an Environmental Assessment Certificate by the BC Ministry of Environment, verifying strict adherence to environmental regulations having thoroughly assessed any potential environmental, economic, social, heritage or health effect that may occur throughout the landfill’s lifespan. 

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Leachate Collection and Management

The Campbell Hill Landfill collects leachate through a network of pipes and transfers it to storage tanks installed at the landfill perimeter. The leachate is then re‐circulated back into the landfill through a process that promotes evaporation.

 

Ideally located in one of the driest regions of British Columbia (the Thompson Plateau), the site experiences low annual precipitation and high evaporation rates, significantly reducing leachate generation.

Surface Water Management

Diversion of surface run‐off around the landfill is carried out through interception ditches on the upstream edge of active filling areas. To reduce the amount of sediment discharged to highway ditches, sedimentation basins are located along the main channels.

Zero Waste Solution Based

The Campbell Hill Landfill is committed to ongoing environmental investment and innovation as part of its operating objectives. Zero waste compatibility is about not building an incinerator that is wholly reliant on the waste stream.

 

The landfill provides flexibility and a platform for zero waste integration, given it can be incrementally built to match variable flow rates and evolving technological needs, such as mixed waste processing.

Renewable Energy Source

The Campbell Hill Landfill will have a gas collection system to capture the gas that is naturally emitted from the landfilling process. Landfill gas is generated when organic material begins to deteriorate and is converted to gas by naturally occurring bacteria. Given it is derived from the decomposition of organic matter, landfill gas is a renewable energy.

 

Captured gas will be processed at our onsite gas-to-energy plant, which generates 4.8 megawatts of electricity. This is enough to provide power to 121,000 residents in the Thompson-Nicola region, with the surplus fed into the provincial grid for distribution beyond the local area.

 

The gas-to-energy plant was built with the former Cache Creek Landfill, which is owned and operated by Wastech Services.

 

Landfill gas will be managed in accordance with the provincial Landfill Gas Management Regulation.

Watch an amazing time lapse of the construction of the Cache Creek Landfill Gas-to-Energy Plant from the construction of the foundation to the commissioning of power to the BC Hydro grid. The gas captured at the Campbell Hill Landfill will be processed here.

community

As a key employer in the Thompson-Nicola region, the Campbell Hill Landfill creates economic gains locally and provincially. In addition to providing employment opportunities and contributing to the livability and economic fabric of the local communities and broader region, the Ashcroft and Bonaparte Indian Bands participated in the environmental assessment and supported the project.

our team

Russ Black

President

Russ oversees the general management and strategic business development needs for Wastech Services Inc., with the Campbell Hill Landfill being the most recent project.

 

Prior to joining Wastech Services Inc in 2002, Russ worked for a variety of companies, primarily in utility services.

 

Russ holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from UBC, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Athabasca, and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

Zahra Pirani

GENERAL MANAGER

Zahra oversees the day-to-day operations for Wastech Services Inc., with the Campbell Hill Landfill being the most recent project.

 

Prior to joining Wastech Services Inc in 2021, Zahra worked for 14 years for a variety of environmental and energy firms including Stantec and Keystone Environmental. She has extensive experience managing multi-disciplinary teams and engineering projects in BC and Alberta, and serves as President for the Science Advisory Board for Contaminated Sites in BC.

 

Zahra holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from UBC, a Master of Environmental Engineering from Dalhousie University, a Project Management Professional designation, and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

Tim Lindsay

Operations Controller

Tim joined the Campbell Hill Landfill in early 2021 and is responsible for the accounting, financial reporting, analysis, budgeting and business processes.

 

Prior to joining the Campbell Hill Landfill, Tim worked in a variety of accounting roles for 14 years, primarily for professional services and government organizations.

 

Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Exeter and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Meghan Gulyas

Senior Engineer, Design & Regulatory Compliance

Meghan joined the Campbell Hill Landfill in 2020 and is responsible for interfacing with regulatory agencies as well as managing the engineering and design services. Growing up in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Meghan moved to Western Canada in 2015 and began working in the industrial construction industry across Northern Alberta and British Columbia.

 

Meghan holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Melissa Davies

FIELD ENGINEER

Melissa is responsible for monitoring site operations and landfill conditions.

 

Prior to joining the Campbell Hill Landfill in 2021, Melissa spent 4 years working as a Project Associate and Reactor Supervisor at the McMaster Nuclear Reactor, which included a co-op placement and internship. She also has engineering consulting experience in Building Restoration. 

 

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from McMaster University.

Aidan Leonard

logistics manager

Aidan is responsible for coordinating and managing the hauling schedules to accommodate the transportation of goods to and from the Campbell Hill Landfill.

 

Prior to joining the Campbell Hill Landfill in early 2022, Aidan worked in logistics for a variety of companies, most notably with Labatt Breweries of Canada as the Logistics Group Manager.

 

Aidan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and is in the process of attaining an SCMP (Supply Chain Management Professional) accreditation.

Micah Koroll

LANDFILL OPERATIONS ENGINEER

Micah assists with various landfill-related engineering projects such as landfill monitoring, site inspections, and reporting.

 

Prior to joining the Campbell Hill Landfill in 2022, Micah worked as an Environmental Scientist with Parsons Inc where he participated in contaminated site activities such as soil, vapour, and water sampling, monitoring well drilling and installation, and remedial excavations.

 

Micah holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Engineering from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Governance

Our team is accountable to a Board of Directors who provide fundamental advice and guidance to ensure operational efficiency.

Our Owners

The Campbell Hill Landfill operates under Wastech Services which is the environmental entity of Belkorp