Central composting facility to consultant stage, public input
Posted May 22,
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)."