NEWMARKET – In a presentation delivered last week, members of York Region’s Solid Waste Management committee were presented with a variety of innovative solutions for diverting waste from landfills.
The presentation was an update on a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by York Region in October 2003. The RFP is a two-fold request to pilot new diversion technologies at a small-scale research facility for five years and at a large-scale commercial facility for 10 years.
“I’m pleased to see the selection process is in the final phase,” said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. “We received proposals from a number of well qualified companies and I’m optimistic that we can implement the technology quickly once the selection process is complete.”
The Region received four responses to establish a small-scale research facility. The company selected will use a thermal processing technology for the waste and operate out of the Bales Drive Waste Management Facility currently under construction in East Gwillimbury.
York Region also received three responses to establish a commercial disposal service. The company selected must: be able to process 70,000 tonnes of waste per year, be located in Ontario, not use landfill and operate a private sector site facility.
“Adopting one or more of these new technologies will allow us to cut the amount of waste we send to landfills,” said Georgina Regional Councillor Danny Wheeler, Chair of York Region’s Solid Waste Management Committee. “With landfill options becoming increasingly limited, our efforts should provide a viable long-term solution to our waste needs.”
Plans are currently underway to develop a public consultation and education campaign on these new diversion technologies, to begin in late spring.
York Region currently has contracts to send 90,000 tonnes of waste to the Onyx Arbor Hills landfill in Michigan, 50,000 tonnes to the Republic Services landfill in Michigan and up to 50,000 tonnes to Green Lane landfill in Southwold Township near St. Thomas Ontario.
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