Public Meeting: Organic waste collection and composting program

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Peterborough, ON - The City-wide organic waste collection and composting program that is expected to launch in the fall of 2023 will be the subject of a public meeting at the Otonabee-South Monaghan Memorial Community Centre from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

The facility will be operated by the City and located adjacent to the Peterborough County/City Waste Management Facility on Bensfort Road, within the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan on land owned by the City.

The meeting, which is the first of four public information centres for the project, is an opportunity for anyone who is interested in the project to learn about the expected development, including the required permits and approvals as well as the construction and commissioning schedule.

The City-wide organic waste collection and composting program, which is called GROW (Green Resource Organics Works) Peterborough, will help with the goal of diverting 100% of organic material from landfills. It’s expected that there will be a provincial ban on putting organics into landfills  starting in 2023.

The federal government is contributing $6.1 million from its Low Carbon Economy Fund toward the $15.3-million project over a four-year period ending March 31, 2024.

The City has selected the GORE System for the planned composting facility. The GORE System is used in over 200 facilities located in more than 20 countries. The 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 or emailing GROW@peterborough.ca. Consultation opportunities are planned throughout the project and will be advertised in local media and on the City’s project website, https://www.peterborough.ca/grow.

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For additional information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext.1636