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Sep 10th, 2009

Zero Waste “unattainable,” councillors look at incineration  

Media coverage of Sept.9 Simcoe County corporate services committee meeting

From the Orillia Packet and Times
….Clearview Township Mayor Ken Ferguson said he has reservations about abandoning Site 41.
“Everyone is responsible for their own garbage,” said Ferguson, whose municipality has been taking a lot of North Simcoe’s garbage over the last several years due to the ongoing Site 41 debate.
Ferguson said he’s received e-mails about the possibility of incineration or recycling facilities, but he said those options still require a landfill.
“There’s no sense dumping one (property) and have to go out and find more land,” said Ferguson, adding he needs more i n f o rmation about costs and specifics before making a final decision.
Ferguson said some of the newer technologies — such as incineration — could cost two or three times more than landfilling
…(Oro-Medonte Township Deputy Mayor Ralph Hough) wants county staff to investigate additional mining at local landfills to increase capacity, a process that has already been completed at some facilities.
“Time is of the essence,” Hough said. “We have a one-year moratorium. We can’t keep bouncing this around (between committees and sub-committees). Zero waste, in its truest sense, is not attainable, but it’s the right direction.”
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From the Toronto Star
…Simcoe County has opened the door to sending its unrecyclable waste to a planned incinerator in Durham Region – a first step in scrapping Tiny Township’s notorious Dump Site 41.
“They’re interested and they’re willing, so let’s see what they have to say,” Oro-Medonte Township Deputy Mayor Ralph Hough told the county’s corporate services committee yesterday.
…the committee approved Hough’s motion to hear delegations from the energy-from-waste incinerator planned by York and Durham regions, as well as another from Dufferin County, which have expressed an interest in a deal with Simcoe County, as well as a private firm operating a similar facility near Ottawa.
A plan to look into mining dump sites across the county to recover and recycle valuable metals, plastics and building materials was also approved. A Simcoe County policy that prohibits exporting or importing trash could deter such plans, said County Warden Tony Guergis, who opposed mothballing Site 41 and doesn’t favour shipping the waste to an outside incinerator.
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