If you want to learn more about the future of waste in Moose Jaw, the City is holding a pair of open houses today. 

The “come and go” open houses will be today from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., and again from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Moose Jaw Events Centre. 

Attendees will be given information about the proposed Solid Waste Management Facility that’s set to be located 2 km north of Moose Jaw. Information will be provided on topics including its environmental compliance, concrete/asphalt management, and waste and recycling drop off areas. 

Those at the open house will also get the chance to have questions answered by consultants from GHD and Associated Engineering, Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Environment, and the City of Moose Jaw.  

Maryse Carmicheal, city manager for the City of Moose Jaw, spoke about the plans for Moose Jaw’s landfill. “There's two sides of this project. There’s one, of course, to decommission the current landfill, and there’s constructing the new solid waste management facility.” 

“I’m calling it solid waste management, because we will manage the garbage. We will manage the recyclables. It’s not just a place where we’re going to put garbage – we're actually going to treat and manage it,” added Carmichael. 

She said she understands resident concerns about the new location but also pointed to restrictions they had to consider in picking the location, including the military airport at 15 Wing. “We were left with a lot of different areas north of the city, and that’s where we picked the one location.” 

She added that they need to meet the regulatory and technical requirements of several stakeholders when it comes to the new location, including the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Transportation, and Water Security Agencies.