City starts adding waste at organic facility

Citizens’ advisory committee accepts action plan

GUELPH, ON, Friday, January 20, 2012 – The City of Guelph has started to reintroduce organic waste at its organic waste facility.

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment issued an order yesterday allowing the City to add up to 75 tons of organic waste to maintain the minimum temperature required for the facility’s biofilter to operate as designed.

“The temperature inside the facility dropped substantially over the past several days,” said Janet Laird, Executive Director of Planning Building Engineering and Environment. “We needed to bring in a couple days’ worth of fresh organic material to keep up the bacterial activity inside the biofilter.”

Maple Reinders is also working to implement all recommendations of the organic waste action plan to resume all operations at the facility.

“Full-scale operations at the facility could resume by late spring,” added Laird. “The recommissioning schedule will be finalized in consultation with the Ministry of the Environment.”

About the organic waste action plan

The City stopped receiving organic waste last November upon receiving complaints from nearby residents of odours they believed were coming from the facility. The City asked the facility’s builder, Maple Reinders, to develop an action plan to address odours.

Using input from the citizens’ advisory committee, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and an independent consultant hired by the City, Dillon Consulting, Maple Reinders refined the action plan. The committee voted to accept the action plan on January 12 and Maple Reinders – in consultation with the Ministry, the City and the committee – is working to implement all its recommendations.

View the action plan and the accompanying recommissioning plan

For more information

Janet Laird
Executive Director
Planning & Building, Engineering and Environment
T 519-822-1260 x 2237
janet.laird@guelph.ca