Glasgow City Council reveal other Cathkin Landfill proposals they had considered
Sep 19 2012
by Will Henshaw, Rutherglen Reformer
GLASGOW City Council revealed a number of alternatives they had considered to extending the life of the Cathkin Landfill site so infilling could be completed.
Glasgow City Council are looking to extend the time taken to complete the infilling of the site to 2016, with a further two years to complete restoration and landscaping works.
Burnside Community Council, Cathkin Cottages and the Scottish Wildlife Trust were lettered about the proposal while several public consultations have taken place.
Since the site first opened in the 1990s, there have been regular complaints from residents on both sides of the dump, in Rutherglen and East Kilbride, about smells and flies.
In last week’s Reformer we reported that Glasgow City Council claimed the fastest way to close off the site was to complete its infilling with more rubbish, as this was the quickest way of doing so when assessed with other options.
However representatives at the recent public meeting in Burnside Hotel conveyed the other options they had considered.
They are as follows:
l Complete the landfill using inert waste such as soil – GCC reckon this option would require at least 500,000 tonnes of soil to complete the infilling of the site. They claim it is difficult to obtain that amount of soil in such a short space of time, and so this would actually take longer than the extension they are currently seeking.
l Using revised landform – This essentially means changing the landscape of the landfill. According to waste disposal manager Rolf Matthews this would be possible, however there are “geometric constraints”. It would still require infilling for low lying areas, gaining inert waste such as soil, and extension of time. Again, the council reckon this option would take longer than the one the are putting on the table.
l Reprofiling waste mass – This would involve excavating the site, removing the cap and digging out sections of the site and capping them back over again. This is apparently frought with environmental difficulties as there would be issues of gas control and vermin. Therefore this was not considered a viable option.
l Do nothing – Apparently one of the options opened to the council was to simply leave the site as it was. However this was not deemed possible as the way the site has been built there are temporary waste slopes inside that are too deep and need to be slackened off. There are also low lying areas with water which wouldn’t be able to maintain drainage.