Politicians in York Region just north of Toronto say that if odor problems continue at the composting facility that Halton Recycling Ltd. operates in Newmarket and if those problems lead to its closure, York Region has a backup plan to organic waste to Quebec.
The Town of Newmarket took steps toward legal action against Halton Recycling Ltd. after odor problems continued, despite company assurances that its high-tech processing system would virtually eliminate odor.
Some councilors suggested the facility be shut down after the environment ministry sent a letter stating the company was in violation of its site plan approval.
The region ships about 40 tonnes of organic waste each week from Markham to the Newmarket facility; other York Region municipalities are expected to come online with similar programs over the next year, so the volume will increase significantly. So the region has signed a contingency short-term contract with Comporec in Quebec, according to Andy Campbell, the region’s director of solid waste.
The region’s contract with Halton Recycling Ltd. is for leaf and yard waste and processing of organics from Markham.