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August 25, 2017
Draft Zero Waste Plan

A series of waste audits and an assessment of Waste Recovery and Reduction Technologies have been completed

Update – August 2017 – Advancing towards Zero Waste

Oxford County is acting on its Zero Waste objectives of reducing the amount of waste being produced in, and exported out of, Oxford County by maximizing recovery efforts and extending the lifespan of the Oxford County Waste Management Facility.

A series of reports and technical documents have been received by Oxford County Council following a series of Waste Audits and an assessment of Waste Recovery and Reduction Technologies (WRRT).

The waste audits were conducted by AET Group which included:

  • Audit of curbside waste and blue-box recycling in Oxford County
  • Audit of waste being landfilled at the Waste Management Facility in Salford
  • Audit of Industrial, Commercial, Institutional and Agriculture waste in Oxford County
  • Audit of suspected tonnage leaving Oxford County for disposal in other jurisdictions

An assessment of Waste Recovery and Reduction Technologies was completed by SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd. This included a review of existing approaches to waste reduction and compiled into scenarios and then screened and evaluated using the County’s Multi Criteria Analysis Tool (MCA), a resource included in the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan to help guide councils, organizations, businesses and others in making decisions that support a sustainable future.

The technologies explored in the assessment include a Materials Recovery Facility, a wet anaerobic digestion plant, and Mechanical Biological Treatment.

Seven scenarios have been presented consisting of different types and combinations of technology that are considered appropriate for Oxford County.

Next steps

  1. SLR Consulting will proceed with a Request for Information (RFI) process to vendors of Waste Recovery and Reduction Technologies.
  2. A draft RFI and evaluation criteria will be presented to the Zero Waste Committee and Smart Energy Oxford for comment. The results of this evaluation will be summarized in a draft report that will include a proposed list of approved vendors/technologies for review.
  3. The public will be asked for their comments through Speak Up, Oxford! and an in-person Public Consultation Centre (PCC).
  4. Comments received will be included into final recommendations that will be presented in a report for Oxford County Council’s consideration in the first quarter of 2018.

Reports & Documents

Council Report PW 2017-42 – Advancing Towards Zero Waste

Waste Management Facility & Curbside Waste Composition Study

Report cover and table of contents
Executive summary
Approach and methodology
Results and discussion: single family residential curbside audit
Results and discussion: physical landfill audit
Results and discussion: visual landfill audit
Tables, figures and appendices

Industrial, Commercial, Institutional Waste in Oxford County

Table of contents
Executive summary
Introduction, approach and methodology
IC&I sector profile
Estimate of IC&I and C&D waste quantities
IC&I sector survey
Hauler survey results
IC&I model results, conclusions and recommendations
Tables, figures and appendices

Assessment of Waste Recovery and Reduction Technologies

Executive summary
Table of contents
Assessment of existing waste recovery technologies
Case studies of implemented technologies
Review of new and emerging technologies
Relationship of EPR and resource recovery to Oxford County
Economic potential of full resource recovery
Statement of limitations
Tables, figures and appendices

Technical memos:

Technical memo 1
Technical memo 2

Technical memo 3
Technical memo 4

Technical memo 5
Technical memo 6

Technical memo 7
Technical memo 8