Organic waste collection and processing

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Low Carbon Economy Fund graphic

GROW Peterborough

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

Staff reports to City Council - 2019

Consultation process

Four Public Information Centres (PIC) will provide information and updates on this project. In each section below, you will find the Project Notices for each PIC and all information that was presented at the meeting. 

Public Information Centre 1: November 4, 2020

Project Overview - November 4, 2020

Project Notice: October 22, 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 second of four Public Information Centres (PIC) will take place on 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

All personal information included in a submission, such as name, address, telephone number and property location, is collected, maintained and disclosed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks for the purposes of transparency and consultation. The information is collected and maintained for the purpose of creating a record that is available to the general public as described in s.37 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Personal information you submit will become part of the public record that is available to the general public unless you request that your personal information remain confidential. For more information, please contact the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks’ Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator at 416-327-1434.

Presentation materials

  Project Timeline
  • Pre-consultation
  • Presentation to Otonabee-South Monaghan Council
  • Required Studies Commence
  • PIC #1: held on November 4, 2020 at Otonabee-South Monaghan Community Centre
  • PIC #2 (TBA)
  • Required Studies are completed
  • OPA/ZBA Submission
  • PIC #3 (TBA)
  • PIC #4 (TBA)
  • Statutory Public Meeting
  • OPA/ZBA Approvals Granted
  • Preliminary Design
  • ECA Application Submission
  • ECA Permit Approvals
  • Site Plan Approval Application
  • Detail Design
  • Development Permits
  • Construction
  • Commissioning

Ongoing consultation: Continual Indigenous, Agency & Community Consultation through various mediums.

 Studies required for Planning Process and Environmental Compliance Approval Process

The following technical studies will be submitted with the Planning Act application:

  • Preliminary Site Plan
  • Planning Justification Report
  • Agricultural Impact Assessment
  • Hydrogeological Assessment
  • Geotechnical Assessment
  • Traffic Impact Study

EIS and Species at Risk Assessment

  • Air, Noise, and Odour Impact Assessment
  • Stormwater Management Report
  • Servicing Options Report
  • Stage 1 & 2 Archaeological Assessment
  • Consultation Report

The following studies will be submitted with the Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA)
application:

  • Air, Noise and Odour Impact Assessment
  • Odour Management and Control Plan
  • Traffic Impact Study
  • Leachate Impact Assessment
  • Design and Operations Report
  • Hydrogeological Assessment
  • Hydrology and Stormwater Management Study
  • Consultation Report

Required Approvals

Planning Requirements

  • Official Plan Amendment
  • Zoning By-law Amendment
  • Site Plan Approval

Environmental Requirements

  • Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA)
  • Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (ORCA) Permits

Engineering Requirements

  • Occupancy Permit
  • Entrance Permit

Construction Requirements

  • Building Permit

Public Information Centre: February 24, 2021

Project Overview - updated February 2021

Project Notice: February 17, 2021

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 second of four Public Information Centres (PIC) will take place on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 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

All personal information included in a submission, such as name, address, telephone number and property location, is collected, maintained and disclosed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks for the purposes of transparency and consultation. The information is collected and maintained for the purpose of creating a record that is available to the general public as described in s.37 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Personal information you submit will become part of the public record that is available to the general public unless you request that your personal information remain confidential. For more information, please contact the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks’ Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator at 416-327-1434.

Presentation materials
 
Project Timeline
Project Timeline - updated February 2021
Phase of WorkStartCompletionDuration
Phase 1:  Permitting & Approvals

May - 2019

August - 2022

174 weeks

  • Planning Application Review

June - 2021

November - 2021

26 weeks

  • MECP Application Review

December - 2021

August - 2022

39 weeks

Phase 2:  Detailed Design & Tendering

January - 2022

July - 2022

30 weeks

Phase 3:  Construction & Commissioning

August - 2022

October - 2023

64 weeks

Overall Timeframe

May - 2019

October - 2023

234 weeks

Update: Summary of Completed Studies

Species at Risk (SAR) Report

  • Assessments completed in the spring of 2019
  • Specifically, for Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark
  • A total of five (5) Bobolink were observed within the Subject Site
  • A total of three (3) Eastern Meadowlarks were observed on the Subject Site
  • No SAR were observed on the Subject Site
  • Timing windows for construction will be implemented to protect SAR

Environmental Impact Study (EIS)

  • Completed October 2019
  • Mitigation measures for erosion and sediment control, and to protect birds, turtles and their habitats will be put implemented
  • In addition to the specific mitigation measures, environmental inspections will be undertaken by qualified personnel during construction
  • A 30 m setback (buffer) from the intermittent watercourse will be maintained during construction and operations
  • No wetlands or significant natural features are present on the Subject Site
  • Field investigation was completed in July and November 2020, to identify potential impacts to local groundwater and surface water resources
  • Groundwater monitoring wells installed and water samples collected in spring and summer
  • No significant risk or impact to water quality functions or the existing water bearing aquifers is anticipated from the proposed development
  • Annual groundwater and surface water monitoring will be completed for life of the proposed development

Stage 1 & 2 Archaeological Assessments

  • Stage 1: Site inspection conducted in October 2020.  Inspection determined that portions of the project area exhibited archaeological potential
  • Stage 2: Site inspection in November and December 2020, conducted with Curve Lake First Nation representative
  • No archaeological resources were recovered
  • No further assessments are required

Agricultural Impact Assessment (AIA)

  • Completed in October 2020
  • To assess the impact of the removal of agricultural lands and the potential impact of the proposed development on the surrounding agricultural operations
  • The AIA concluded that the proposed development will not result in the removal of prime agricultural land from production

Traffic Impact Study

  • Very limited number of new additional trips generated by the proposed development
  • No road geometric improvements are required
  • No significant impact to traffic operation conditions
 Required Approvals

Planning Requirements

  • Official Plan Amendment
  • Zoning By-law Amendment
  • Site Plan Approval

Environmental Requirements

  • Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA)
  • Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (ORCA) Permits

Engineering Requirements

  • Occupancy Permit
  • Entrance Permit

Construction Requirements

  • Building Permit
Diagram, Site Plan and Map

Process Flow Diagram

Diagram shows aerial illustration of proposed Organics processing facility and steps involved in waste processing.  In the far top right there is a road travelling in to facility, passing a scale house and office. This road leads to the receiving building, step 1 in the composting process. The Receiving building has a large bio-filter attached. Organics waste is transferred to a grind and mix machine and then to holding tanks in which waste undergoes a three phase process. An underground leachate system is beneath all tanks and buildings that process waste. There is a stormwater pond and sediment pond behind the buildings and tanks. Phase one (4 tanks) takes 4 weeks, phase 2 (2 tanks) takes 2 weeks and phase 3 (2 tanks) takes 2 weeks. Aeration filters are on all tanks. The final step of the process is screening. Finished compost can be taken off-site by an outgoing road. There is an area for future expansion of tanks. Trees surround the site.

Preliminary Site Plan

 Technical drawing by DM Wills Associates Limited. Preliminary Conceptual Site Plan for Proposed Peterborough Organics Processing Facility.  Details in drawing include the buildings, parking, Bensfort Road, site topography, buffer zone, access points, stormwater pond, screening berm, storage area and future expansion area. Some measurements are included.

Location map

Public Information Centre 3: to be confirmed

Public Information Centre 4: to be confirmed