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A Soil Bank for Ontario?

Posted on February 19, 2013

“Soil is not a waste, it’s a resource,” said Waterloo’s Naz Richie at this morning’s Soils Management Workshop. Hosted by the Consulate General of the Netherlands, the event’s focus was building a blueprint for a soil bank.

The Netherlands have always been a model for Canada when it comes to the use of certain environmental technologies, especially brownfield remediation. In fact, during a 2007 business mission to the Netherlands in which ReNew Canada participated, there was a heavy focus on how Canada—Ontario, in particular—could benefit from a technology partnership with the Netherlands to help remediate some of our port lands.

At this morning’s session, Dolly Goyette with the MOE gave an overview of the Ministry’s Best Management Practices (BMP) for soils management, after which a discussion opened up around reuse of secondary materials and lessons learned, with Henri Groeneveld, a consultant on soil reuse for the City of Rotterdam, discussing the City’s Soil Bank.

Rotterdam’s Soil Bank has a turnover of one million tonnes per year and Blane McMurtry LLP’s Janet Bobechko thinks Ontario can be equally successful. She presented a blueprint for a possible soil bank and pilot area.

Related: Soil is Not Waste

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