District of Guys­bor­ough set to move, mod­ern­ize its com­post fa­cil­i­ties

The Casket - - Wheels - SAM MAC­DON­ALD sam­mac­don­[email protected]­cas­ket.ca

The Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the District of Guys­bor­ough (MODG) is work­ing to make sure its waste treat­ment in­fra­struc­ture is a well-oiled ma­chine. Ac­cord­ing to War­den Ver­non Pitts, that process in­cludes con­sol­i­dat­ing the waste treat­ment fa­cil­ity and its com­post­ing fa­cil­ity into one lo­ca­tion.

The MODG plans to move its com­post fa­cil­ity from its cur­rent lo­ca­tion, to the lo­ca­tion of its main treat­ment fa­cil­ity.

"Presently, the com­post fa­cil­ity is at our first-gen­er­a­tion site. The build­ings are di­lap­i­dated, and we want to move it onto the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion site," Pitts said.

The new build­ings at the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion site will be more ef­fi­cient, with bet­ter equip­ment in place than is present at the first-gen­er­a­tion site. One ex­am­ple Pitts used was the way com­post is turned at the present site.

While at the present site, load­ers, back-hoes and bob­cats are used to turn the ma­te­rial, Pitts said the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion site will have a ma­chine in place to au­to­mat­i­cally turn com­post.

"We de­cided to move it to the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion site, so it’s all fully con­tained," Pitts said.

"We’re not leav­ing the site with any leachate or or­ganic ma­te­rial. We’ll have bet­ter con­trol (at the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion site)."

The sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion site will also fea­ture new tech­nol­ogy to help take ad­van­tage of one of the byprod­ucts of com­post­ing – a gas col­lec­tion sys­tem.

The MODG has awarded ten­der to Van Zut­phen Con­tract­ing, to cap and col­lect gas from the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion site.

"We have the pip­ing in place to col­lect meth­ane from the site now. We’re go­ing to cap­ture that and we’re not re­ally sure what we’re go­ing to do with it yet,"

Pitts said. "We may sell it, or use it on site."

One of the most note­wor­thy changes to be seen at the sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion site in the com­ing year, Pitts noted, will be a flare stack for meth­ane.

"That’s a spe­cial piece of equip­ment, and it’s be­ing man­u­fac­tured as we speak," Pitts said, adding that the flare stack will be the last piece of the pro­ject to be in­stalled at the sec­ond- gen­er­a­tion site.

In­fra­struc­ture prepa­ra­tions are also un­der­way. Asphalt pads have al­ready been pre­pared at the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion site for the new build­ings for the com­post fa­cil­ity.

"We’re think­ing ahead," Pitts ex­plained. "We usu­ally plan a cou­ple of years down the road, think­ing about what we can po­ten­tially do to help the en­vi­ron­ment."

An­other ben­e­fit from the col­lec­tion of meth­ane gas is the po­ten­tial for the earn­ing of car­bon cred­its. Once the proper in­fra­struc­ture is in place, the MODG and Van Zut­phen will be able to col­lect about 70,000 tons of meth­ane per year.

"I would ex­pect there would be car­bon cred­its in con­junc­tion with that, which would be a win­win sit­u­a­tion for our mu­nic­i­pal­ity and for the en­vi­ron­ment," Pitts said.

As part of that move, the MODG has sought the as­sis­tance of the provin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments, through grant money, to help with the tran­si­tion of the com­post fa­cil­ity. At a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing, the mem­bers of the MODG coun­cil de­cided to look for fed­eral and provin­cial fund­ing for the pro­ject.

Pitts said the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion land­fill site is com­pletely self-con­tained, with any leachate that is pro­duced be­ing shipped out and treated off­site. It is the sec­ond largest sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion solid waste treat­ment fa­cil­ity in the province.

"Noth­ing is leav­ing that site," Pitts said, re­fer­ring to the sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion site. "It will be bet­ter to con­trol [com­post and solid waste to­gether], if it’s all there. We han­dle all as­pects of solid waste, from con­tam­i­nated soils right up to garbage."

The MODG ac­cepts solid waste from a va­ri­ety of clients across the province "from Colch­ester County to Meat Cove," Pitts noted.

These clients in­clude 17 mu­nic­i­pal units on Cape Bre­ton Is­land, and the eastern main­land. Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion on the MODG’S web­site, its waste man­age­ment fa­cil­ity serves about 23,000 Nova Sco­tians.

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