The Province of Ontario has granted Certificates of Approval to Orgaworld for the construction and operation of a new state-of-the-art composting facility that will take yard waste and source-separated organic material and turn it into high quality compost for use as fertilizer, Environment Minister Laurel Broten has announced.
“One of our biggest environmental challenges is managing the waste generated by our rapidly growing population,” said Broten. “Composting is a great way to divert waste from landfill and create an environmentally valuable product at the same time.”
After a detailed review and public comment period, the ministry has issued Certificates of Approval to Orgaworld BV, a Dutch waste management company that currently operates five other composting facilities in the Netherlands. This new facility, to be located near London, is Orgaworld’s first venture in Ontario. The company is actively pursuing other locations in the Greater Toronto Area.
The proposed facility will compost a total of 40,000 tonnes of waste per year from York Region and St. Thomas. York Region currently ships its organic waste to Michigan and the composting facility will provide a home-grown solution for managing Ontario’s waste. If London and area municipalities so choose, they too could send compost to this facility.
“Recycling is a top priority in Ontario, but new facilities like this one must be designed to ensure that surrounding communities are not affected,” said Broten. “The new technology used at Orgaworld has impressed my ministry’s experts in its ability to contain odour and reduce impact on the community.”
Minister’s office: 416-325-4000 or 1-800-565-4923 or www.ene.gov.on.ca