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.
Guelph plans to ship its sorted “wet” bag compostable material to another composting facility to keep the material out of landfill. Officials say this situation may be temporary and Guelph would like to one day operate its own composting plant.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org