Aside from a short shutdown later this month for maintenance, the Durham York Energy Centre is now in full commercial operation.
This comes after the incinerator’s operators, Covanta, were issued its acceptance certificate late last month following a session of regional council that saw the contract between the region and the operator changed so as to allow a higher amount of ash left over from incineration.
Now that it is in operation, the facility will be processing 140,000 tonnes of garbage per year, with a little under 80 per cent coming from Durham. The remaining 21.4 per cent will be coming from York Region.
Currently, the facility is receiving 500 tonnes of garbage daily from Monday to Friday, and is burning between 300 and 400 tonnes on a 24/7 basis.