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!

4 thoughts on “Region of Waterloo Organics Coming to Guelph

  1. Tax Dollars Being Composted

    Why are we letting the City of Guelph compost our tax dollars instead of building a long overdue South End Recreation Complex? For purely political reasons the City is going to rebuild an organics plant to compost our money instead. We are currently paying $860,000.00 ($86.00/tonne) annually to dispose of our wet waste in the United States, which could now be shipped just up the road to Hamilton’s new composting facility. Spending $30 plus million to rebuild a plant in Guelph will cost us $3.44 million ($344.00/tonne) annually plus $87.50/tonne that has been contracted with Aim Environmental to operate the facility making the cost to taxpayers, 5 times what we are paying now! To deepen the financial wound, the City of Guelph has agreed to process Waterloo’s organic waste in 2/3rds of the building for $20.00/tonne plus a fee to Aim, causing us taxpayers to subsidize their waste at a whopping $324.00/tonne. Should we not demand that the City stop throwing our money into the trash and put it into facilities that are long overdue and desired by the citizens of Guelph?

  2. The construction of the Organics facility is a major strategic objective of Council for a variety of reasons. Municipalities should be responsible for their own waste, and the Province has repeated this objective many times. Those municipalities who own their own facilities — landfills, organics processing or recycling facilities — are better poised to meet this directive. Guelph will never have its own landfill for obvious reasons. So the construction of an Organics facility will help us to achieve greater diversion rates so that we do not have to bear the cost of increased out-of-area landfill costs.

    With all due respect, the numbers you have used in your post above are incorrect. Our contract with the US facility for wet waste has a time limit. New contracts for organics processing are averaging between $107-$130 per tonne. When our plant is built, our net total cost will be $114 per tonne, (net present value, adjusted for inflation AND including amortization of debt). The contract with the Region of Waterloo will lower this cost by $20/tonne when up and running. This is good value for the taxpayers of Guelph.

    For a fact sheet with additional information about the Organics facility, please visit:

    Click to access final-fact-sheet-organic-processing-facility.pdf

  3. First of all, if each municipality should be responsible for their own waste, why are we taking in Waterloo’s waste at a facility located on a triple layer aquifer, adjacent to a long established residential community who are poised to sue at the fist whiff of odours from the new plant? Would a Regional facility located in a rural, environmentally compatible location not make more sense? As for the costs, totally smoke & mirrors. Here’s what it will cost Guelph taxpayers for 10,000 tonnes in 1st year. Interest on $32million @ 5-1/4% $1,680,000
    Amortization of debt over 20yrs. 1,600,000
    Depreciation $27.5million over 25yrs. 1,100,000
    Processing fee @ $87.50 tonne 875,000
    Less: $20. for 20,000 tonnes re Waterloo (400,000)
    TOTAL 4,855,000
    This would not be in question if the City had come forward with a straight forward and honest business case in the first place.

  4. The figure of $114 per tonne has it ass-backwards. This refers to the cost spread over 30,000 tonnes{30,000×114= $3,420,000}. As Waterloo will be using 20,000 tonnes [20,000×114=$2280,000] and will be paying Guelph $20per tonne or $400,00. As a result the taxpayers of Guelph will be subsidizing Waterloo to the tune of close to $1.9 million a year. The true cost per tonne of Guelphs 10,000 tonnes is a multiple of 3 to 4 times the quoted $114. It is time that Waste Management stopped trying to bamboozle the taxpayers of Guelph and the Council .A detailed and concise business case would reveal the outlandish costs that will be incurred by taxpayers when this project is completed.

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