Residents opposed to a proposed landfill in west Ottawa were left disappointed after a city committee chose not to condemn the project yesterday.

More than a dozen people spoke to a special meeting of the planning and environment committee to discuss the terms of reference for an environmental assessment of the proposed West Carleton Environment Waste Management.

The majority were opposed to the possibility of a landfill that could accept 400,000 tons of industrial and commercial waste.

Waste Management is asking for 6.5 million cubic metres of air space to process waste next to its Carp Road facility, which is projected to hit maximum capacity by September 2011.

“This site is already an eyesore for the entryway to our nation’s capital, and I can not imagine another mountain alongside it,” said Stittsville resident Marlene Labelle.

Stittsville Coun. Shad Qadri said there was already enough capacity to process the city’s waste and more landfill space would discourage diversion efforts.

Waste Management project leader Tim Murphy said present economic, regulatory and environmental conditions in Ottawa do not support alternative technologies like mass burn and gasification.

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