Clarington asks Ontario for two alternate locations of proposed waste plant

Clarington Council is asking the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, to order an Environmental Assessment for the Region of Durham’s planned Mixed-Waste Pre-Sort and Anaerobic Digestion Facility.

The request includes that the Environmental Assessment consider at least two alternate sites that would include an acceptable location in Clarington outside of the proposed Energy Park site and Whitby’s existing Regional Material Recovery Facility site, said a council statement.

Clarington will have to explain why the region’s chosen site in Clarington’s Energy Park next to the Durham York Energy Centre is not the most appropriate site for the facility. Council is also requesting that the Province intervene to protect the Clarington Energy Park, which is part of a Provincially Significant Employment Zone from what is considered “incompatible development,” which goes against the current Prestige Employment Zoning for the area.

Council is essentially saying that the Mixed-Waste Pre-Sort and Anaerobic Digestion Facility will become a default location for similar facilities and cause anticipated economic loss in its current proposed location.

The proposed Mixed-Waste Pre-Sort and Anaerobic Digestion Facility will accept all garbage collected by the Region of Durham and remove organic materials and other waste that doesn’t belong in the garbage. It will also convert organic waste into energy using anaerobic digestion, a natural process that uses microbes found in the environment to break down organic material, converting it into renewable energy.

For more information, read Report PDS-056-21.

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