Construction of Guelph’s new organic waste processing facility could get underway as early as this fall, after Guelph City Council selected Maple Reinders to design and build the facility at last night’s Council meeting.
Maple Reinders presented its proposal to design and build a new organic waste processing facility using in-vessel tunnel composting — a process whereby organic material is completely sealed inside a concrete container as it decomposes.
This in-vessel tunnel compost system is based on proven European technology that has been used for more than 15 years in over 100 facilities word-wide. In Canada, Maple Reinders has built municipal compost facilities in Hamilton, the Region of Peel and Cape Breton using this technology. The new OWPF will include proven odour management technology including the use a biofiltration system developed by BIOREM Inc., a Guelph-based company that specializes in odour control systems. BIOREM Inc. has over 600 installations world-wide.
The Master Plan identifies three waste diversion targets; the first target is 55 per cent by 2011. In 2007, Guelph’s waste diversion rate was 44 per cent. Once the City begins to locally process its organic waste, waste diversion is expected to increase by 10 to 12 per cent, putting Guelph on track to meet its first diversion target.