NORTH HURON – The life of the North Huron landfill in Wingham has dramatically shortened, causing public works manager Jamie McCarthy to worry.
Reeve Bernie Bailey was surprised to learn that the years of operation of the landfill had gone from a lifespan of 95 years about eight years ago when he was on the board, to a lifecycle of 50 years only.
McCarthy spoke during a discussion of an organics initiative that was on the agenda to address this bigger issue, saying, “I believe another report is recommended… on the landfill. “
She told the council the amount of waste sent to the Wingham landfill had more than doubled, from 2016 to now.
“It’s not just organic waste,” she said, “but it’s a big part of how activities and operations at the landfill are conducted. “
“It’s not that they’re wrong,” McCarthy added, “they made sense before, but I would say from previous experience, it’s not the most effective way to maintain your assets. “
McCarthy went on to say, “There is construction and demolition waste in there. This should not continue. We need a better surveillance system.
The municipality is looking for a viable alternative to organic waste. Currently, there is no green bin program or similar initiative in North Huron.
The agenda item was to review the FoodCycler program, an organic waste management initiative that turns organic and food waste into compost, thereby reducing the amount of waste delivered to the township landfill. The Council had already voted on the issue before McCarthy spoke about the landfill issues.
The Wingham Advance Times reported on this in the July 28 issue.
A delegation from an Ottawa company, FoodCycler, presented to the board at the July 19 meeting a proposed solution for organic waste disposal, especially in small towns that currently do not have a program in place. , like the green baccalaureate program in large towns and cities.
At the July 19 meeting, the board heard about FoodCycler, which has developed a small machine that turns about a kilogram of food waste into 100 grams of an odorless material that can be used in your garden or plants. interior. A machine cycle takes a few hours and costs less than 10 cents.
According to McCarthy’s report, “The cost for North Huron to participate in this 12 week program is approximately $ 27,000 with the possibility of offsetting this cost by selling these units to residents. “
At that time, the board requested a report and staff recommendation on the FoodCycler pilot project.
The program would see the township spend $ 27,000 for 100 units if it participated. McCarthy recommended using that money to fix the landfill’s problems rather than on an initiative that might not prove to be helpful.
“I recommend that you take this money and invest it in improving the landfill as a whole,” she said, adding, “there are other things that can be put in place. . to maintain or extend the life of this landfill. “
Council eventually prepared a motion to ask staff to come back with a report on the situation at the landfill, with recommendations, before deciding to participate in the FoodCycler program.
McCarthy also recommended that if the environmental advisory committee goes ahead, they take a look and see what else can happen in the future.
Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Wingham Advance Times