Solid Waste & Recycling


What's new… (July 01, 2006)

Guelph compost plant to close...

Guelph compost plant to close

Council for the City of Guelph recently passed a resolution to stop receiving and processing organic waste at its composting plant. While Guelph will continue to collect and sort organic material, processing will take place at a facility other than Guelph’s plant. Staff will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to find alternate composting facilities.

Other operations at Guelph’s “Waste Resource Innovation Centre” (which includes a “dry” recycling plant, an HHW depot, a public drop-off facility and transfer station) are unaffected.

The decision came shortly after Guelph learned it will not receive federal and provincial funding under the Canadian-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (COMRIF) to undertake necessary upgrades to the compost plant.

The news marks a disappointing end for the city’s attempts to establish itself as a leader in waste diversion by being the first in Ontario to build a so-called “wet/dry” two-stream system. Guelph eventually moved to a three-stream system, and rebuilt its MRF. The plant needs scheduled structural improvements, but newer, more advanced composting technologies are available and politicians are reportedly unhappy with the location, which has been a source of odour complaints.

The city will begin to undertake a strategic plan for solid waste management later this year that will serve as a blueprint for how the community will manage its waste in the short-term and for the next 50 years.

Contact Janet Laird, director of environmental services at 519-837-5604 ext. 2245 or

OWMA position papers

The Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) recently submitted a letter in regard to the Clean Water Act, 2005 posting on the Ontario Bill of Rights. OWMA’s comments are in addition to (and in support of) previous submissions on the provincial environment ministry’s White Paper on Watershed Based Source Protection Planning. The OWMA comments focus on waste industry specific issues and the implementation challenges.

A copy of the OWMA submission is available for download at under “Members Only” — News & Information — Legislation & Regulation.)

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has recently adopted a co-sponsored resolution on the waste management crisis prepared by the Brampton Board of Trade and the Toronto Board of Trade. The resolution reinforces the primary concerns and objectives of OWMA and represents a strong position from Ontario’s business community and IC&I waste generators. The approved resolution and policy will now become integral to the Chamber of Commerce advocacy efforts. OWMA welcomes the increased awareness and actions being considered by Ontario’s waste generators.

The complete approved Chamber of Commerce policy document is available for download at (Look under “News & Information” — Policy & Programs. See pages 36-37.)

As we went to press

Ontario proposes EA changes: The Ontario government is proposing changes to the environmental assessment process that it says will make it easier to navigate and enable major infrastructure projects to proceed more quickly. The changes will include development of a new waste regulation that standardizes the process based on type, size and impact of project.

Case dismissed against Encorp-Pacific: The Consumers Association of Canada case against Encorp-Pacific has been dismissed in its entirety. There was no trust created; therefore, claims of breach of trust and/or conversion of trust monies failed, and the container recycling fee is not illegal or unlawful.

Toronto sewage sludge woes: Republic Waste’s Carleton Farms landfill in Michigan has notified Toronto that it will cease taking the sludge on August 1. Toronto is seeking other disposal facility to receive the 160,000 tonnes of sewage sludge it generates annually.

Waste site operator convicted: James Greensides, a resident of the City of Kawartha Lakes, has been fined $10,000 and sentenced to a total of 45 days in jail following his convictions on four violations pertaining to an unapproved waste disposal site.

York and Durham choose waste-to-energy: A joint waste planning committee of the Region of York and the Region of Durham — two large municipalities just north of the City of Toronto — has approved a plan to construct a 250,000 tonnes per year waste-to-energy (WTE) plant to serve the waste disposal needs of their communities. The plant was recommended as the preferred option by consultants from MacViro with Jacques Whitford.

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