Taggart-Miller Environmental Services


Ottawa area


Waste management

Reference number



Andrew Evers, Environmental Approvals Branch

Current status

Environmental assessment: approved, May 31, 2017

Project summary

The purpose of the integrated waste management facility, the Capital Region Resource Recovery Centre, proposed by Taggart Miller Environmental Services is to provide facilities and capacity for recovery of resources and diversion of materials from disposal for solid non-hazardous wastes and soils that are generated by the industrial, commercial and institutional and construction and demolition sectors and provide landfill disposal capacity on the same site for post-diversion residuals and materials that are not diverted.

Project history

Environmental assessment: approved
Date submitted: January 2, 2015
Expiry of public comment period: February 20, 2015
Expiry of public comment period for ministry review: May 20, 2016
Decision date: May 31, 2017

Terms of reference: approved
Date submitted: September 14, 2012
Expiry of public comment period: October 15, 2012
Decision date: December 17, 2012

Environmental assessment

Taggart Miller Environmental Services (Taggart Miller) identified an opportunity to help address the low current diversion rate from landfill for industrial, commercial and institutional (IC&I) and construction and demolition (C&D) wastes in Ottawa and eastern Ontario and to provide secure facilities for the management of wastes during an approximate 30 year planning period.

Approval under the Environmental Assessment Act is being sought for the components that comprise the Capital Region Resource Recovery (CRRRC) as follows:

  • Material recovery facility
  • Construction and demolition waste processing
  • Organics processing
  • Hydrocarbon contaminated soil treatment
  • Surplus soil management
  • A drop off for separated materials or separation of materials
  • Leaf and yard waste composting
  • 10.1 million cubic metres of potential disposal capacity for residuals and materials from IC&I and C&D waste that are not diverted

The proposed service area extends to portions of eastern Ontario however the CRRRC would primarily serve Ottawa. The CRRRC is to be located on the east side of Boundary Road, north of Devine Road and west of Frontier Road, just southeast of the Boundary Road/Highway 417 interchange in eastern Ottawa.

Terms of reference

Taggart Miller Environmental Services, a joint venture of the Taggart group of companies and Miller Waste Systems Incorporated, has submitted a proposed terms of reference for the environmental assessment (EA) of the proposed integrated waste management project to be known as the Capital Region Resource Recovery Centre.

Study areas

Taggart Miller has secured two potential sites for development of the proposed project. One site, the North Russell Road Site, is located in the northwest part of the Township of Russell and consists of 193 hectares on Part of Lots 18 and 19, Concessions III and IV, Township of Russell. The second site, the Boundary Road Site, is located in the east part of the City of Ottawa and consists of 175 hectares of land on Lots 23 to 25, Concession XI, Township of Cumberland. The EA will be carried out on three study areas: the site study area, the site-vicinity study area and the haul routes. The site study area includes the lands secured by Taggart Miller for the proposed CRRRC at the preferred Site. The preferred Site could be located at the North Russell Road Site or the Boundary Road Site and will be determined during the EA. The site-vicinity study area includes lands generally within 500 metres of the preferred Site boundaries, but may be enlarged as determined appropriate for specific environmental components during the EA. The haul routes analysis will focus on the main haul/access route(s) to the preferred Site from the nearest Highway.

Focus of the EA

Taggart Miller proposes to consider the following matters in the EA:

  1. Alternative sites
  2. Alternative site development concepts for the preferred site
  3. Haul route(s) and access location(s)
  4. Leachate management options

A detailed impact assessment, including a cumulative impact assessment, is proposed for the preferred site and preferred site development concept. Information about the proposed undertaking is also provided at the Taggart Miller website.