Region of Waterloo Organics Coming to Guelph

Dean Wyman, Manager of Solid Waste Services for the City of Guelph, announced some fantastic news today!

When Council awarded the design-build contract to Maple Reinders to construct and operate the new Organic Waste Processing Facility, Council asked “with 20,000 tonnes of excess capacity will staff be able to source that much tonnage?”.

Today, Mr. Wyman wrote:

“I’m pleased to inform Council that City staff in partnership with AIM Environmental and the City of Hamilton have been awarded a contract to process up to 20,000 tonnes per year of source separated organics (SSO) from the Region of Waterloo.  The term of the contract starts in October of 2009 and ends October 2013.  Until Guelph’s new OWPF is operational the material will be processed at Hamilton’s Central Composting Facility (CCF).

This means that once the new Guelph OWPF is operating in 2011 that it will be operating at very close to full capacity.”
This is great news for Guelph, as the revenue will help offset the operational costs for the facility and will also allow the Region of Waterloo to process its organic waste close to home.  Congratulations to Solid Waste services for making this happen!

Breaking Ground for New South End Emergency Services Station

Another first for Guelph — an integrated fire station, police station and land ambulance station — the first in Ontario!  The ground breaking ceremony for this new facility was attended by local, provincial and federal representatives this morning, October 2nd, at the site of the new station.  The facility is expected to be completed in the fall of 2010.  The residents of the southern part of Guelph have been waiting a long time for this new site to come to fruition.  The ceremony was attended today by Todd and Lynda Dennis, representing the Clairfields Neighbourhood Group.

Ground Breaking

Photo:  (l-r) Liz Sandals, MPP;  Dave Levac, Ministry of Community Saftey and Corrections; Mayor Karen Farbridge, Chief Shawn Armstrong, Ward 6 councillors Christine Billings and Karl Wettstein.