When the Durham York Energy Centre becomes fully operational, it may be the only incinerator the GTA will see for some time.
Peel Region cancelled plans to build a new energy-from-waste plant in October, after councillors questioned the need for a pricey project in light of the region's new aggressive diversion targets.
Peel recently increased its target for reducing, reusing, recycling and composting waste from 60 per cent to 75 per cent, said Brampton regional Councillor Michael Palleschi. The current diversion rate in Peel is 46 per cent.
"The region is now developing a plan to meet this target. Once the region achieves its 3Rs target, there will not be enough garbage left to supply the proposed 300,000-tonnes-per-year facility, " said Palleschi, who brought forward the motion that, on a 17-5 vote, killed the procurement process for the plant. It's estimated that after recycling, there would be only 150,000 tonnes left for processing.
While many municipalities have been watching the progress of the Durham York Energy Plant in Clarington with keen interest, they are backing away from pursuing a garbage solution that appears to be costly and controversial.
In 2013, the region had approved $500 million toward the Peel Energy Recovery Centre and had spent years and millions of dollars on developing the proposal. But since then, the estimated price tag had ballooned, according to Norm Lee, Peel's director of waste. That raised concerns for councillors.
"The latest estimate was over $600 million, " he said, blaming much of the increase on a worsening U.S. exchange rate and the high cost of parts needed from the U.S.
Mississauga Councillor Carolyn Parrish said that was one of the reasons she voted against it.