York Region has announced short list of sites for a waste-to-energy plant. Five sites have been short listed: one in East Gwillimbury (in York Region) and four in Clarington (in Durham Region). After public consultations, one of the potential sites may eventually be chosen to handle the regions post-recycling, post-composting residue garbage.
In April 2006, thermal treatment with energy recovery was recommended by the region’s consultants as a way to deal with the trash left over after blue and green box diversion programs.
Ironically, the site in York is at Concession 4 in East Gwillimbury, near the intersection of Hwy. 404 and Davis Drive, on 11 hectares of land owned by the region that is close to the contentious Halton Recycling facility, that, despite meeting environment ministry regulations, has had odor problems in the past.
Halton Recycling is implementing a remedial plan and bio-filters to eliminate the odors. (See the upcoming April/May edition of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine for an editorial on the Halton Recycling facility.)
To read the region’s report, go to www.durhamyorkwaste.ca