Update on the City's approved new organic processing facilities within Toronto
At its meeting of June 2007, Toronto City Council approved the creation and siting for two new organic processing facilities. These facilities, each of them capable of processing 55,000 tonnes of organic material, will bring the City’s processing capacity within city borders up to 110,000 tonnes a year. Additional processing capacity is needed to meet current demand and to accommodate the City’s plan to expand its organic material diversion program to meet its diversion goal of 70% waste diversion from landfill.
Specifically, a new organics processing facility able to process 55,000 tonnes of green bin organic material per year, will be constructed at the Disco Transfer Station located in the former Etobicoke community area. Following scheduled repairs to its existing digester tank and creation of a second tank, which started in January 2011, the existing Dufferin Organic Processing Facility, located in the former North York community area, will eventually be reconstructed to increase its annual processing capacity to 55,000 tonnes.
The best way to stay up-to-date on each of these construction projects is to review the following:
For more information about the processing of organics, please view the presentation The Green Bin Program … from curb to compost.
The City issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) for the purposes of pre-qualifying and short-listing vendors of wet-phase pre-processing technologies for source separated organics, such as hydropulping and anaerobic digestion technologies.
After which, the City issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) for the purposes of pre-qualifying and short-listing proponents to design, build and operate these two approved organics processing facilities using approved technologies such as hydropulping and anaerobic digestion.
Historical detail is listed at the bottom of this page regarding the activities in 2007.
Staff Report to Public Works and Infrastructure Committee dated May 16, 2007
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More information on the Public Consultation Process
Open House public consultation events were held during March 2007 for local site neighbours close to each of the five short-listed sites identified as potential suitable locations for a new organics processing facility(s). Each Open House was an opportunity for local residents or businesses to learn about the proposed facility, ask questions of City staff and share their comments and suggestions.
The five short-listed sites were
- Disco Road Transfer Station (Etobicoke community)
- Ingram Transfer Station (North York community)
- 3301 Markham Road (Scarborough community)
- Dufferin Waste Management Facility (North York community)
- Closed Morningside Landfill/Works Yard (Scarborough community)
Public Consultation Report