The County of Simcoe is treading carefully in planning new waste management facilities after the fierce, and ultimately successful, public opposition to the late Site 41 landfill proposal. The current waste management plan recommends development of a new Organics Processing Facility. Besides green bin, leaf and yard waste, it may be designed with the intention of adding pet waste or diapers as acceptable materials.
A public meeting will be held December 2 at the Simcoe County Museum, 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm to:
- summarize the proposed siting process and methodology for this facility;
- provide information and obtain feedback on site evaluation criteria; and
- outline next steps in the siting process.
A County Organics Processing Facility would:
- provide security as provincial processing capacity is limited;
- require less haulage and contribute fewer emissions;
- allow for flexibility to respond to increases in tonnage, additional material types, and changes in collection or markets.
Conestoga Rovers & Associates was chosen in May to act as the County’s consultant on the project. An initial public meeting was held in June. The County endorsed the formation of a “Community Engagement Committee (CEC) whose mandate will be to provide recommendations on the frequency, format, and communication materials to be used at forthcoming public and stakeholder consultation sessions”. The committee consists of County, municipal and public representatives. The siting process is scheduled to take 18 months.
Data from 2012 shows that of 4.8 million tonnes of residential waste in Ontario, 47% was diverted from landfill. The County of Simcoe diverted 57% of waste and ranked 7th out of 230 municipalities in waste diversion performance. More information and documentation is available from the County of Simcoe Waste Management Organics Project web page.