MODG to increase compost capacity

By Helen Murphy    

GUYSBOROUGH – The two compost buildings at the District of Guysborough’s Waste Management Facility are nearing the end of their service life, and don’t have the capacity to maximize diversion of organics from the municipal landfill. That’s why MODG council asked staff to apply for provincial and federal funding to help with the cost of a new compost facility in 2019, at its regular monthly council meeting Dec. 12.

Speaking to media after the meeting, Warden Vernon Pitts said upgrading the compost facility has been discussed for the past five years and he’d like to see it happen soon.

“I hope to see it start this coming spring with completion before the fall,” he said, with cost-sharing among the three levels of government.

The existing buildings only have capacity for 2,000 tonnes per year. MODG is looking to construct a compost facility with a 10,000-tonne per year capacity to be located adjacent to the second-generation landfill, consolidating operations in one central area.

The new project, called “Enhanced Organic Materials Remediation Facility” will include two new 80 ft. x 200 ft. buildings and process equipment. The additional capacity is expected to increase diversion of organics from municipal clients from the landfill.

The total project is projected to cost in excess of 1.8 million and council has identified it as a priority under the “Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program” (ICIP) and have budgeted for the municipality’s share of the project costs. MODG anticipates approval under the ICIP program for the project to proceed in the spring.