Niagara Region councilors have accepted staffs recommendation to terminate the Request for Proposal process to find a new organics processor. Council also authorized staff to pursue alternatives to securing a long term arrangement to process and market Niagara Regions organic material.
After a lengthy technical and financial evaluation of the proposals received, none of them were judged by staff to be acceptable, explains Barry Friesen, acting Commissioner of Public Works. He noted that Niagara Region will not rush this process, simply to try and meet a deadline.
The deadline refers to the Elm Street Compost Facility in Port Colborne. A commitment has been made not to accept any organic waste at the site for processing after March 31, 2009. Friesen explained that even though the Council decision has delayed the process to find a new vendor, the delay in no way impacts the commitment to close the Elm Street Compost Facility. Organics will not be received at the Elm Street facility after March 31, 2009. We will have contingencies in place if a new compost facility is not yet operational by this date, and those contingencies will not involve the Elm Street Facility.
Contact Barry Friesen, Director, Waste Management Services, 905-685-4225 x3642 or 800-263-7215.