East Scarborough residents finally have a sludge-disposal plan for the Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant they will like.
In 2011, Toronto Council overturned the opinions of city staff and residents living near the waterfront plant by voting to replace its aging incinerators with “beneficial use.”
That meant trucking dried sludge from the Beechgrove Drive facility through local streets to where it could be thrown away or spread on farm fields.
The trucking never happened. Angry community members appealed to the province, and the city launched a new environmental study on the plant.
But a vote in council Thursday, May 5, wasn’t a repeat of 2011: this time, councillors backed the preferred option, which was fluidized bed incineration.
Scarborough East Councillor Ron Moeser, recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and undergoing chemotherapy on Thursday, wasn’t there for the 32-to-12 decision.