Niagara and Hamilton are set to initiate a study that could evaluate whether an incinerator or other
Disposal methods could handle waste residue from the two municipalities. The criteria to guide an environmental assessment was approved by Niagara and Hamilton councilors.
The city and region will consider options such as a modern incinerator, more landfilling, and a waste digester, plus more physical processing to divert recyclables. The region and Hamilton will continue to
encourage diversion of recyclables and organics in an effort to divert 60 per cent of trash from the landfill.
The study will evaluate locations for a potential joint facility, which could cost $200 million and that could be operational by 2011, about two years before local landfill space runs out.
Niagara is considering a full user-pay system that could generate $5 million annually to be put into a reserve that could grow in excess of $50 million over 10 years and to possibly fund an incinerator or other disposal option.