City prepares to resume operations at organic waste facility

GUELPH, ON, January 9, 2012 – The builder of Guelph’s organics waste facility, Maple Reinders, has updated its action plan to address odours at the facility using input from a citizen’s advisory group, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and an independent consultant hired by the City – Dillon Consulting.

“The revised action plan recommends introducing organic waste gradually in order to monitor and verify that all air containment and odour management systems are functioning properly before returning to full-scale operations,” said Janet Laird, the City’s Executive Director of Planning & Building Engineering and Environment. “As we re-introduce organic waste, operators will carefully monitor the mix of incoming material and ammonia levels, and adjust the mix based on observations in the process, air and odour management systems.”

The current version of the action plan will be discussed at a Public Liaison Committee meeting on January 12. Following the meeting, the City – in consultation with the Ministry and Committee – hopes to have the action plan finalized, implement all its recommendations and resume the receipt of organic waste at the facility.

“The facility will not return to full-scale operation until the City, in consultation with the Ministry, is satisfied that the system improvements will minimize the odours at the facility,” added Laird.

It is estimated that full-scale operations could resume by mid-March; however, the schedule will be finalized following consultation with the Ministry of the Environment.

About the organic waste action plan

In November, upon hearing reports of odours in the area, the City stopped taking in organic waste and asked Maple Reinders, to review the facility’s odour management and air containment systems and develop an action plan.

Maple Reinders began implementing system improvements immediately to address odours, and the City is confident recommendations in the action plan will further address residents’ odour complaints.

View the latest version of the action plan and the accompanying re-commissioning plan

For more information

Stacey Hare
Senior Communications and Issues Management Coordinator
Corporate Communications
T 519-822-1260 x 2611