September 23, 2005

The Regional Municipality of York negotiates contracts for organic waste processing

NEWMARKET – York Regional Council today approved contracts for Orgaworld B.V. and Conestoga-Rovers and Associates; and Miller Waste Systems; to process organic waste as part of a nearly $4.7 million package designed to meet the Region’s expanding source separated organics (SSO) and yard waste needs.
“Our organic recycling program is a key element of our long-term strategy to divert waste from landfills,” said York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Establishing these contracts will ensure that we have a lasting, diversified solution to our expanding composting needs.”
Under the new agreements:
• Orgaworld B.V. and Conestoga-Rovers and Associates will process up to 30,000 tonnes of SSO per year at a new facility to be constructed and operational by September 2006.  The 10-year contract is for an initial price not to exceed $122.44 per tonne.
• Orgaworld B.V. and Conestoga-Rovers and Associates will provide emergency capacity of up to 30,000 tonnes per year for 10 years, at an initial price not to exceed $111.92 per tonne.
• Miller Waste Systems will provide a free residential public drop-off and processing capacity of up to 25,000 tonnes of yard waste at their Richmond Hill facility, starting in April 2006. The contract is for 10 years at an initial price not to exceed $59.92 per tonne.  As part of the arrangement, York Region will contribute $30,000 to assist with site improvements for the pubic drop-off.
• Miller Waste Systems will provide contingency yard waste capacity to the Region this fall, and sell compost to local municipalities and the Region for compost giveaway days at a reduced price.
“Contracts for organic composting is an appropriate strategy to provide York Region residents with an environmentally-superior option to landfilling,” said Town of Georgina Regional Councillor Danny Wheeler, Chair of the Region’s Solid Waste Management Committee.  “Under this arrangement, York Region will have far greater composting capacity than with our current arrangement.”
The new contracts will coincide with the expiration of the Region’s current SSO processing contracts.  However, the Region will extend its contract with GSI Environmental Ltd. for processing of up to 12,000 tonnes per year as a contingency capacity.
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