On September 10, Town of Stony Plain Council was presented with the 2018 Tri-Municipal Organics Processing Facility Feasibility Study Conclusion Report. The report was requested two years ago by the Councils of Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, and Parkland Country to further look into the feasibility of a shared organics processing facility. Initial work investigated the quality, quantity, and control of municipal solid waste; an economic modelling of the facility and best possible location; as well as technology and governance options. The Conclusion Report indicated it would not be feasible to pursue such a facility for the region. Council accepted the findings and directed Administration to conclude the project.
The key deliverables and investigations of the report included:
- if the City of Edmonton would accept regional organics into their system and at what cost;
- financial/economic analysis based upon each municipality’s current operational costs;
- the availability of grants to support the project;
- a risk and benefits analysis; and
- the availability of land for the construction of the facility.
“Funding requirements, limited grant opportunities, and unfavourable market conditions would make the establishment of this facility difficult and financially risky,” says Sustainability Planner Miles Dibble. “Administration explored other alternatives, such as the use of Edmonton’s waste facility, but they also appeared unavailable. One promising possibility is the potential for a private waste to energy facility. This would involve little involvement from our municipalities other than using the region’s organics as fuel for operation, and would serve as a way to increase waste diversion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
“While it’s disappointing to learn the establishment of a shared organics processing facility is unfeasible, Council is happy the findings of this report have demonstrated other promising alternatives to be explored,” says Mayor William Choy. “The Town of Stony Plain takes our commitment to the earth very seriously. We will continue to educate ourselves and pursue new and innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and do our part to preserve it for generations to come.”
To learn more about waste diversion in Stony Plain, head to www.stonyplain.com/mywaste.
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