Ministry report documents City’s commissioning of organic waste processing facility

GUELPH, ON, April 26, 2012 – The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has acknowledged the City’s determination and co-operation with the Ministry and other partners to address odours at the City’s organic waste processing facility, and is “very pleased” the facility is functioning well.

A recent Air Facility Inspection Report from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment documents events that occurred from September 27, 2011 to March 22, 2012 while the City began commissioning its new organic waste processing facility.

Last November, upon receiving complaints from area residents, the City voluntarily stopped receiving organic waste and worked with the facility’s builder-designer, Maple Reinders, its operator, Wellington Organix Ltd., the Ministry and the Public Liaison Committee to develop, implement and complete an action plan that has addressed odours at the facility.

The City will continue working with all parties to ensure the facility operates as intended and complies with all regulations.

The organic waste processing facility is one way Guelph demonstrates its commitment to being an environmental leader, and the City supports the Ministry’s efforts to divert waste from landfill and reach Ontario’s waste diversion goals.

The City will continue to provide accurate information about the commissioning process and construction activities as the facility ramps up to full-scale operations this summer. Updates will be posted on the City’s website at guelph.ca/waste.

About the report

The Ministry’s Air Facility Inspection Report documents events occurring at Guelph’s organic waste processing facility between September 27, 2011 and March 22, 2012.

The City of Guelph received the report on Tuesday, April 3. On Thursday, April 5, City Council was informed that City staff was preparing a detailed response to the Ministry, and all documents would be provided upon completion of the City’s response. The report, the Ministry’s letter and the City’s response were provided to City Council on Tuesday, April 24 and posted on the City’s website for all interested parties on Thursday, April 26.