Public Information Centre on Peterborough organics facility to be held January 26, 2023

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Peterborough, ON – A Public Information Centre on the proposed Peterborough organics facility will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Gold Room of the Otonabee-South Monaghan Memorial Centre, 24 Fourth St., Keene. It will be the third of four planned Public Information Centres about this project.

The proposed organics facility will be next to the Peterborough County/City Waste Management Facility in Otonabee-South Monaghan Township on land jointly owned by the City and County of Peterborough. Information presented at the meeting will also be available on the City’s website at peterborough.ca/GROW. Anyone who is not able to attend the meeting will be able to review the updated information and provide feedback to the project team at GROW@peterborough.ca.

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 to help Peterborough achieve the goals of the Waste Free Ontario Act, which aims to divert 100% of organic material from landfill. 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.

Consultation process

The first Public Information Centre (PIC), held on November 4, 2020, introduced the proposed Peterborough organics facility project. A second PIC, held on February 24, 2021, provided an update on the project’s progress as well as an opportunity to provide input.

On June 16, 2022, a virtual meeting was held to further inform members of the public and stakeholders. This meeting provided rationale for the need of a leaf and yard waste and source separated organic waste processing facility in Peterborough County; provided details about the approvals required prior to constructing the facility; provided an overview of the development, engineering design, construction, operation and monitoring of the proposed Peterborough Organics Facility. Meeting participants provided input and had their concerns addressed.

Project Update

On July 21, 2021, the City submitted planning applications to the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan to permit the establishment of the proposed Peterborough Organics Facility. The applications for Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments were deemed complete by the Township on August 18, 2021.

On August 15, 2022, the Township approved the application for an Official Plan Amendment and the application for a Zoning By-Law Amendment for the proposed Peterborough Organics Facility.

A Notice of Adoption of an Application for an Official Plan Amendment and Notice of Passing of an Application for a Zoning By-law Amendment was issued by the Township on August 30, 2022.

On August 17, 2022, the City of Peterborough submitted an application to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) to amend the Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) for the Peterborough County/City Waste Management Facility (PCCWMF) to permit the construction, use and operation of the proposed Peterborough Organics Facility.

Members of the public, agencies, Indigenous Communities, and other interested persons are encouraged to actively participate in the project by attending meetings and contacting the City directly with comments or questions.

Inquiries can be sent to GROW Peterborough, City of Peterborough, 500 George St. N., Peterborough, ON, K9H 3R9 or by email to GROW@peterborough.ca.

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