Grey County wants to take another look at waste management

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Some at Southgate Township are skeptical, but county council approved applying for funding to pay a consultant to look into handling waste at the county level.

Southgate Council, in its own discussion, considered that some municipalities who don’t have much space left may be eyeing the landfill capacity that Southgate and some others have.

However, the wording of the County motion, only gave one example of resources that could be shared. That was the biodigester that’s owned by the Township of Chatsworth and Georgian Bluffs.

Last October, Meaford council asked that Grey look into a county-operated system. The grant applied for now is to fund the study is called municipal modernization, one aspect of which is shared services and alternative delivery of services.

At Southgate, CAO David Milliner, who worked in Environmental Services for the township earlier in his career, commented that one of the biggest steps to efficiency would be for municipalities to start focusing on waste diversion, through organics.

He said Southgate has invited other municipalities to tour its composting site, transfer sites with sorting stations and other facilities – “but they have yet to come.”

He said that from his perspective, the move looks like it’s aimed at getting access to other municipalities’ landfill capacity.

The Grey County motion said “it may be more viable and environmentally friendly to make better use of local facilities.”

Public Works Manager Jim Ellis recently spoke to the Grey-Bruce sustainability network on the organics and compost, saying that Southgate has the capacity to accept that material from other sources.

He said those listening were interested, but were not sure how their municipalities were going to pick it up and deliver it.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald