Industrial composting proposal moved to Argentia access road
Metro Environmental Services Incorporated is taking another crack at establishing an industrial composting facility on the Avalon Peninsula, to serve what the company calls an existing need for a marketable fertilizer.
The facility would process a variety of organic wastes, including mink offal, fish processing wastes, spent hens and poultry feathers, with mink farms, farms with chickens, and fish plants all among the potential commercial suppliers.
On April 5, the company registered a new proposal for provincial review with the Department of Environment and Conservation, and is now looking to establish the operation off the Argentia Access Road, about 3.5 kilometres from where the Trans-Canada Highway meets Route 100.
Metro Environmental Services originally sought to establish its composting site off Salmonier Line, but ended up withdrawing that proposal from environmental assessment after initial feedback. That initial site landed within the boundaries of the Town of Holyrood. The town took issue with the company’s proposal, citing zoning issues among its concerns, leading to a withdrawal of the proposal.
In a registration document Innovative Development and Design Engineers prepared for Metro Environmental Services, the new facility would start at least 300 metres in from the main road, on 1.5 to 2.5 hectares ( four to six acres) of a 23hectare parcel of land.
“This large section of land is a green-field site with virgin boreal forest and totally undeveloped. The land held by the proponent is approximately 700 metres bordering the west side of Route 100 and 450 meters deep,” the registration document notes.
“The parcel is outside of any municipal boundaries.”
Getting the new site prepared and the operation up and running is expected to require between $50,000 and $75,000 in capital, excluding the proponent’s cost for the land.
The operation is expected to employ two people, with the potential for some additional parttime hires as required.
If approved, the company plans to begin required construction this summer.
The deadline for public comments on the proposed project is May 10 and a decision is expected from the minister of Environment and Conservation on May 20.
A map, as provided in an environmental assessment registration document, showing the new proposed site for an industrial composting facility, to be operated by Metro Environmental Services Incorporated.