March 14, 2018
Seeking public input on the future of waste management
A series of public input sessions and Speak Up, Oxford! campaign will run over the next six weeks
In an effort to reduce the amount of solid waste going into the Oxford County landfill, Oxford County Public Works is seeking input on a unique and proven technology approach that would be a game changer for reducing and recovering waste.
Enhanced Material Recovery & Biological Treatment has emerged as the preferred solution that aims to recover as much as 90% of the materials that end up in our landfill. Oxford County is looking for residents’ thoughts on the preferred technology and whether the idea resonates with their outlook on what the County should be doing to address our waste.
More information on how the preferred technology approach was developed can be found online at Speak Up, Oxford!
A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 4 at the Oxford County Administration Building in Woodstock. The meeting will include a 20-minute presentation about the strategy, followed by a question and answer session. This meeting will also be streamed online and residents will be able to participate by asking questions from the comfort of their own home. A link to the online meeting will be published on Speak Up, Oxford! by April 2.
Oxford County Administration Building – 21 Reeve St., Woodstock
Wednesday, April 4 - 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Residents are also encouraged to visit an upcoming drop-in meeting at Oxford County Library branches where visual displays and staff will be on hand to explain the strategy, answer questions and receive public input.
Ingersoll Public Library – 130 Oxford Street
Wednesday, March 21 - 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tillsonburg Public Library – 2 Library Lane
Thursday, April 5 - 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Embro Public Library – 135 Huron Steet
Wednesday, April 11 - 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Princeton Public Library – 25 Main Street
Tuesday, April 17 - 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
What is Enhanced Material Recovery & Biological Treatment?
Using this unique but proven technology, garbage would be sorted with organics separated for processing in a manner which could produce biogas, biosolids and compost material.
Other recyclable and recoverable materials like metals, plastics, construction and demolition materials would be separated and sold/distributed to various end markets.
The goal would be to have as little as 10% of the material left to be disposed of in the landfill.
Graphic: Enhanced Material Recovery & Biological Treatment
David Simpson, Director of Public Works, Oxford County
“We’ve reached an exciting milestone in being able to present a preferred technology approach to the community that could drastically reduce the amount of waste material we are landfilling. However, this is still very much a concept of what we could do to extend the life of the County’s landfill to 2100, while minimizing environmental impact. We are now looking to community members for their thoughts, suggestions and questions before moving forward."
Achieving zero waste is a goal of the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan, which includes a waste reduction and diversion strategy to ensure the County’s landfill disposal needs are met until the year 2100. The current expected lifespan of the County’s landfill is 2063.
In 2017, a series of waste audits were conducted to better understand the composition of the County’s waste. Concurrently, an assessment of Waste Recovery and Reduction Technologies was completed. This included a review of existing and emerging technology approaches to waste reduction, considered feasible for Oxford County, which were evaluated using the Future Oxford Multi-Criteria Analysis Tool.
Seven scenarios combining different types of technology were further validated through a review with a combination of Enhanced Material Recovery and Biological Treatment emerging as the preferred solution for Oxford County. Technologies were scored on Implementation, Environmental, Economy and Community factors.
The Zero Waste Oxford committee was involved in providing their input and guidance throughout the process.
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About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to becoming a zero waste community and achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
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