COMING SOON IN OUR COMMUNITY!
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.
Benefits of Diverting
Organic Waste for Composting
Composting is the most sustainable option for managing organic waste and results in the transformation of a beneficial product that is otherwise wasted in the landfill.
Organic waste contains very valuable nutrients. When organic waste is landfilled, it becomes contaminated and the nutrients are lost forever.
If we do not recover the valuable nutrients contained in organic waste, soils will become depleted, creating a dependency on the use of synthetic fertilizers to produce food.
Compost produced from the diversion of organic waste streams substantially reduces the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Therefore, avoided impacts can be measured as a human health and environmental benefit associated with composting.
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. This will naturally result in a consistent supply of, and access to fresh local products for consumers, and will position the agricultural industry as an economic pillar regionally.
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:
- the geographic location to existing transportation infrastructure
- distance from residential areas
- adjacent land use
- land mass
- ground conditions
The proposed site is located in the vicinity of Twin City Cross Roads – centrally located between the Harbour Extension (Hwy 17) and Hwy 130.
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.
Dr. Paul 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. Dr. Paul coauthored the Compost Facility Operator Manual continues to be the main instructor for the Transform Compost Facility Operator Training course.
Transform focuses on designing composting and waste management solutions that are economically sustainable and address current and future environmental waste management concerns.
Experience with 15 major projects along with an extensive industry network to further the composting industry by improving standards for composting and by designing and constructing the latest in composting technology.
Project Timeline, History and Progression
November 24, 2014
Eco Depot formally introduces the Project to the Oliver Paipoonge Mayor and Council.
November 27, 2014
Eco Depot evaluates the potential of the Agriplex to host operations.
December 2014 to March 2015
Research and Due Diligence.
April 15, 2015
Eco Depot meets with the EDO Shannon Hollinger, and CAO Margaret Dupuis to discuss the NOHFC funding application and the FCM – Municipal Green Fund.
April 28, 2015
Eco Depot notifies the LRCA of the Project and Application.
April 30, 2015
LRCA confirms upon their review, no comments are anticipated from the LRCA in connection with the Zoning Amendment application, as the subject lands are not regulated by the LRCA
May 12, 2015
Eco Depot and MOECC meet to review the preliminary Project Description and schedule.
May & June 2015
Eco Depot conducts a series of stakeholder engagement meetings with the ICI sector, NPO, and government.
June 1, 2015
Eco Depot submits Phase I NOHFC Application.
Eco Depot begins site preparation and construction of project office and shop.
Eco Depot submits application for environmental approval to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
April 26, 2016
Eco Depot environmental application posted to the Environmental Registry (EBR) for public comment.
June 10, 2016
EBR public comment period closes.
August 26, 2016
Eco Depot hosts pubic information session at Whitewater Golf Club.
August 26, 2016
Eco Depot makes deputation to City Council
April 2016 Phase I construction completed
December 2016 nominated for Chamber of Commerce Business Awards (Environmental Stewardship Award and GameChanger Award