An Ottawa councillor wants city staff to explore new technologies to divert waste from landfills, as the city looks at implementing a “bag tag” policy to help extend the life of the Trail Road landfill.

Council will debate a motion from Coun. Allan Hubley on May 24 to direct staff to undertake an “immediate review” of technologies that “are available and in active operation” for diverting waste from landfills which meet or exceed current applicable environmental regulations and requirements.

Hubley’s motion recommends the city give preference to potential solutions that could provide heat and electricity, “to be used to make housing more affordable for our residents.”

The city of Ottawa’s current landfill on Trail Road is expected to reach capacity in the next 13 to 15 years, and staff have said siting and developing a new landfill could cost up to $450 million and take up