The Niagara-Hamilton “WastePlan” project reached an important milestone as the Joint Working Group received a report on a preferred disposal system to manage waste remaining after both municipalities’ 65 per cent diversion goal is reached. The report outlining the preferred system alternative — thermal treatment with the recovery of energy and recyclable materials — is now available for public review and comment.
The report includes background studies leading up to the recommendation. Eight alternative waste disposal systems were studied including two landfill alternatives, two mechanical and biological treatment alternatives and four varieties of thermal treatment systems. The alternative systems were extensively evaluated against a set of environmental criteria established through public consultation, to arrive at a preferred alternative disposal system.
The identification of a preferred long-term waste disposal system for Niagara and Hamilton arises from the initial step in the Environmental Assessment Step Study that was initiated this year after receiving provincial approval of the study Terms of Reference on February 7, 2005.
“Today the Joint Working Group has received this report,” said Co-Chair and Hamilton Councillor Dave Braden, “Now we need the participation of the residents of Niagara and Hamilton to ensure we’re on the right track in dealing with the serious issue of managing our waste and planning for both our communities’ futures.”
Joint Working Group Co-Chair and Niagara-on-the-Lake Lord Mayor Gary Burroughs cautions that no decisions have yet been made on a waste disposal technology for the two municipalities. “This report is the next step in the Environmental Assessment process and we look forward to informed public input to ensure appropriate decisions are being made for sustainable communities,” said Burroughs.
Following a 60-day public consultation period encompassing written submissions, delegations and public delegations, the Joint Working Group will be presented with the resulting preferred disposal system for recommendation to the two municipal councils for their consideration. The location of any facility will not be determined until sometime in 2007.
Niagara and Hamilton have each been working diligently toward an aggressive goal of 65 per cent diversion of waste from landfill. The WastePlan Environmental Assessment study is focused on evaluating and proposing alternatives to manage the residual waste remaining after reuse, recycling and composting programs.
The Niagara-Hamilton WastePlan is a joint initiative of Niagara Region and the City of Hamilton to work together to find a way to manage solid waste remaining after 65 per cent diversion from the two communities.
For further information in Niagara, contact Barry Friesen at 905-685-4225 ext. 3642. For further information in Hamilton, contact Beth Goodger at 905-546-2424 ext. 4409.