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Central composting facility to consultant stage, public input starts June

Posted May 22, 2014

Simcoe County's proposed time line to operate a central composting facility (CCF) by October 2018 to handle green bin organics, and potentially pet waste, diapers and sanitary products, has moved to the consultant stage with the selection of Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (CRA) to manage the planning process.

CRA will be paid $237,652 ($300,000 was budgetted) for consulting services, and will begin with the first public information session to take place in June. CRA has performed similar work for Toronto's Disco Road and Dufferin anaerobic digestion facilities, Guelph's Organic Waste Processing Facility, and two-150,000 tonnes/year composting facilities in London and Ottawa.

Among the expected consulting tasks:
i) Provide insight, feedback, and research at various stages of the siting and procurement process and report the findings in a series of reports to County Staff;
ii) Fully inform County Council, the public, and stakeholders through the presentation of findings, facts, and recommendations at various stages of the siting and procurement process; and
iii) Assist staff with the preparation of a comprehensive RFP document that will produce viable options and enable County Staff to advance final recommendations to Council for their direction on proceeding with the CCF project.

The most contentious aspect of the CCF will be its location, which to date has not been determined. Initial parameters estimate the anaerobic digestion facility would be sized to accommodate 30,000 tonnes/year and cost about $35 million.

According to the proposed schedule provided to County councillors last January, project planning, siting, and procurement would take place between January 2014 and August 2016; approval process would be between September 2016 and September 2017; and construction to start October 2017 and take a year, and open in October 2018, which would coincide with the end of the current contract with AIM Waste Management.

"With the inclusion of the amortized capital component, the total cost for processing (source separated organices) SSO in this process would be in the order of $160/tonne. For comparison purposes, under the renegotiated 5-year contract with AIM Waste Management Inc. which began in October 2013, the County currently pays $108/tonne processing and approximately $30/tonne transfer and haulage (by County)."

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