Durham Region: Learn about Potential Sites for New Anaerobic Digestion and Waste Pre-Sort Facility

The Works Department is inviting residents to learn about six potential site locations for the new Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and Waste Pre-Sorting facility in Durham Region.

When: Thursday, February 27, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Durham Regional Headquarters, 605 Rossland Road East, Whitby – Room LL-C (located on the lower level).

Why: Durham Region’s population is growing and is expected to be over 1 million people in the next decade. More residents mean more garbage for the Region to manage. The current composting facility for resident’s organics and the Durham York Energy Centre (DYEC) for residents’ garbage are at capacity. This new facility will help meet the increasing waste management demands and will reduce the quantity of garbage that the Durham York Energy Centre needs to process.

At the open house, representatives from the project team will provide information and answer questions. If you are unable to attend, all information including the six potential locations will be available online at durham.ca/ADproject and questions can be submitted to ADproject@durham.ca.

Note: AD is a method of processing organic materials such as food scraps to create energy. Organic material is processed in closed, air-tight containers without oxygen while bacteria break down the organic material, creating biogas, compost liquid wastes and solid residue.

The Waste Pre-Sort facility will sort out recyclables from multi-residential garbage as well as organics that the Green Bin did not capture. The organics will then be sent to the AD facility for processing into energy and natural fertilizer products.

Learn more about AD and pre-sorting at durham.ca/ADproject, call 1-800-667-5671, or email ADproject@durham.ca.