Organic waste collection and processing

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GROW Peterborough

The first of four Public Information Centres (PIC) will take place on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Otonabee-South Monaghan Memorial Community Centre, Gold Room located at 24 Fourth St., Keene, Ontario.

The City is implementing a city-wide organic waste collection and composting program, GROW (Green Resource Organics Works) Peterborough, with support from the federal government's Low Carbon Economy Fund. The program is expected to launch in fall 2023 after consultation, getting the necessary approvals, designing and building the centralized composting facility, acquiring the collection equipment including containers, trucks, and rolling out city-wide collection.

The federal government is contributing $6.1 million toward the $15.3-million project.

A city-wide organic waste collection and processing program will help Peterborough achieve the goals of the Waste Free Ontario Act, which aims to divert 100% of organic material from landfills with an expected ban on landfilling organics by 2022.

Organic material makes up about 40% of residential waste in Canada. At full capacity, our GROW centralized composting facility could be designed to accept up to 40,000 tonnes of organic material per year from the City and County of Peterborough.

Environmental benefits - Climate action

Organics produce methane gas as they're decomposing in an uncontrolled method in a landfill - a greenhouse gas that's 10 times more damaging than carbon dioxide.

By reducing methane gas production at the landfill through diverting organic material for composting, greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 1,943 tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2030 and by a total of 79,305 tonnes between 2023 and 2050.

Another environmental benefit from the composting program is the material that's produced from composting is nutrient rich material that is re-introduced to the earth. Using composted material improves soil, reduces the need for pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizer.

Design and technology

Aerial view of a centralized composting site with rows of covered organic material

For the composting facility, the City is planning to use a Gore system, which is a proven, engineered system that uses an aerobic process to minimize methane gas production and mitigate odour related to organic waste. Diverting organic waste from the landfill to a composting facility brings the organic materials into a controlled space with aeration fans, temperature monitoring, and a system to cover the material and capture water runoff.

Diagram of composting system with covers and engineered trenches

Project timeline

The city-wide organic waste collection and centralized composting facility is expected to begin service in the fall of 2023.

  • September 2019 to August 2022 – Permitting and approvals (e.g. environmental compliance approval, preliminary design, and consultation).
  • September 2022 to December 2023 – Acquiring and mobilizing collection vehicles and household collection equipment. Promoting the start of the program, education, and support.
  • March 2022 to October 2023 – Detailed design (e.g. civil, electrical, structural, and mechanical design specifications for the facility). Issue tender to get contractor quotes for the construction of the facility.
  • September 2022 to October 2023 – Construction of facility, commissioning of composting system, launch of household organic waste collection and processing program.

Documents and resources

 Organic waste collection and centralized composting facility documents and resources
 Project notice - Peterborough Organics Facility - October 21, 2020

The City of Peterborough expects to launch a City-wide organic waste collection and composting program, GROW (Green Resource Organics Works) Peterborough, in the fall of 2023. The program to help Peterborough achieve the goals of the Waste Free Ontario Act, which aims to divert 100% of organic material from landfills with an expected ban on landfilling organics in 2023. The federal government is contributing $6.1 million toward the $15.3-million project over a four-year period, ending March 31, 2024.

As part of the GROW Peterborough program, the City proposes to develop a facility to accept and process leaf and yard waste and source separated organic materials. The facility will be operated by the City and located adjacent to the Peterborough County/City Waste Management Facility, within the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan on lands owned by the City.

The City has selected the GORE® System, including the GORE® Cover and ancillary equipment. The GORE® System is the most widely distributed composting system in the world with over 200 facilities located in more than 20 countries. This proven technology is accepted by the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks and used at several sites in Ontario.

Members of the public, agencies, Indigenous communities and other interested persons are encouraged to actively participate in the project by attending consultation opportunities or by contacting the City directly with comments or questions. Consultation opportunities are planned throughout the project and will be advertised in local newspapers, on the City’s project website https://www.peterborough.ca/grow and by direct and/or electronic mail.

The first of four Public Information Centres (PIC) will take place on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Otonabee-South Monaghan Memorial Community Centre, Gold Room located at 24 Fourth St., Keene, Ontario. The PIC will provide an opportunity for interested persons to learn about the project, required permits and approvals, as well as the expected development, construction and commissioning schedule.

If you would like to be added to the project mailing list or have project-related questions, please send your inquiry to:

GROW Peterborough

City of Peterborough
500 George St. N.
Peterborough, ON
K9H 3R9

Email: GROW@peterborough.ca

 

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Published October 21, 2020