Eco Depot Inc. has commenced the process to construct Northwestern Ontario’s first Category "A" compost facility.
Initially, the facility will be permitted to accept 30,000 MT of organic waste annually.
The long term vision is that the facility will be designed to accommodate regional organic waste and biosolids that meet provincial quality Category “A” compost standards, resulting in a beneficial product for our community.
Organic waste contains very valuable nutrients. When organic waste is landfilled, it becomes contaminated and the nutrients are lost forever. Without nutrient recovery, soils will become depleted, creating a dependency on the use of synthetic fertilizers to produce food.
The soil amendment produced from the Eco Depot operations will provide an affordable commodity to support sustainable agricultural operations in the region. This product will significantly reduce financial and operating barriers for commercial, personal and recreational farmers, in addition to promoting healthier soils that will yield higher quality, and greater crop returns.
The Project Proponent assumes primary risk and capital costs.
Private Sector & Municipal partnerships can assist in leveraging program funding to create public awareness and participation amongst other economic opportunities and initiatives related to waste diversion and the reduction of GHG.
Careful consideration has been given to identifying the proposed site as a suitable location to meet the project need. The preliminary site selection criteria & indicators relied upon are:
Dr. Paul has a PhD in soil microbiology and biochemistry and worked as a Waste Management scientist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada from 1991 to 1998.
He has been involved with waste management research and development since 1985, has spoken internationally on waste management issues, and has published extensively in international journals. More, he coauthored the Compost Facility Operator Manual and continues to be the main instructor for the Transform Compost Facility Operator Training course which focuses on designing composting and waste management solutions.