February 14, 2008
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York Solid Waste Committee approves Source Separated Organics disposal contingency plan


Report presents additional disposal options for Green Bin organics program
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York Solid Waste Committee has approved a contingency plan to export surplus Source Separated Organics (SSO) to a facility based in Niagara Falls, New York.
 
The short-term contingency plan with Covanta Niagara L.P. ensures continuous Green Bin program operations in the event of service disruptions at existing facilities in Ontario and Quebec where the Region has processing contracts.
 
“The Green Bin program is a tremendous success across our Region and is embraced by our residents,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “We continue to increase Green Bin participation and are taking measures to ensure appropriate capacity for our popular organics program.”
 
York Region currently holds SSO processing contracts with companies in Ontario and Quebec.  Reduction in processing capacity in 2007 has prompted the need for a contingency plan.
 
In the event of service disruption with our existing contractors, the Solid Waste Committee has approved the short-term transportation and treatment of surplus organics at the Covanta energy-from-waste facility in Niagara Falls, New York.  The short-term solution would be used only until additional Ontario and Quebec capacity become available in late 2008.
 
“Region-wide efforts with our organics program remains in the early stages, however, this is a pro-active decision to ensure a destination for our collected organic material,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of the Region’s Solid Waste Committee.  “Continuing use and support of the Green Bin program will keep us on track to attain our goal of diverting 65 per cent of all waste from landfill by 2010.”
 
In 2008, 80,000 tonnes of SSO will be generated across the Region by the Green Bin program.  The Region’s approach to ensure long-term capacity for SSO diversion includes the following:
 
• Negotiations are underway with new providers to offer additional capacity for York Region in 2008.
 
• Last month, the Region signed a 30-month contract with Quebec-based Conporec Inc. for processing up to 39,000 tonnes per year of SSO material.  Conporec operates a temporary facility at Champlain, Quebec and expects to open operations at Beconcour, Quebec by May 2008.
 
• Orgaworld, operating in London, Ontario, currently accepts 30,000 tonnes per year of organic material.  Orgaworld expects to have an additional 30,000 tonnes capacity per year for York Region by December 2008.
 
• York Region and Dufferin County released a joint Request for Proposal in October 2007 for construction of a SSO facility in Dufferin County.  If successful, the facility could begin operations in 2009 with an estimated available capacity of 40,000 tonnes per year for the Region. 
 
In addition to successful Green Bin and Blue Box programs, York Region has several other Solid Waste Management priorities outlined for the next three years.  These include:
 
• Increasing blue box processing capacity
 
• Opening new Community Environmental Centres
 
• Furthering efforts with the Durham-York Residual Waste Environmental Assessment Study
 
• The Dongara pelletization project
 
The Covanta Niagara L.P SSO contingency report will be forwarded to York Regional Council for discussion and decision on Thursday, February 21st.
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 

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Media Contact: Kim Sinclair, Communications Specialist, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1209 or Cell: 905 251-6412
 Email: kim.sinclair@york.ca

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