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County of Simcoe kicks off public talks regarding locations of organics processing facilities

The County of Simcoe's Rob McCullough, the county's director of solid waste management, listens to residents during a session at the Simcoe County Museum regarding plans for an organics processing facility.
 Mark Wanzel/FILE Photo

The County of Simcoe's Rob McCullough, the county's director of solid waste management, listens to residents during a session at the Simcoe County Museum regarding plans for an organics processing facility. Mark Wanzel/FILE Photo

(STAFF) — Simcoe County held the first two of 10 public consultation sessions on solid waste management projects on Tuesday.

The sessions are intended to inform and engage residents on the short list of proposed sites for the county’s proposed organics processing and materials management facilities. The sessions will provide an opportunity for residents to discuss the projects, participate in a question and answer session and submit feedback on the sites.

Tuesday's sessions were held in the afternoon and evening at the Simcoe County Museum.

“These projects have tremendous potential to increase waste diversion while being environmentally and economically responsible,” Warden Gerry Marshall said. “We’re trying to do the right thing to enhance our solid waste management services. We look forward to receiving input and feedback from our citizens as we continue to advance these important initiatives.”

Sessions will be held in the townships of Clearview, Oro-Medonte and Springwater, which have properties identified on the short-list of potential sites currently being considered. Information presented during the sessions will include details about the two proposed facilities, an overview of the siting process, and details about the short-list of sites.

The next session takes place at Oro-Medonte Township administration centre on Thursday, Oct. 8, followed by another at the Elmvale Arena on Thursday, Oct. 15, the Stayner Arena of Tuesday, Oct. 20 and the Hillsdale Community Centre on Monday, Oct. 26.

There will be two sessions each day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. The format will include a formal presentation taking place at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer session.

Details about the proposed facilities — including siting methodology, previous information sessions and reports — can be found at www.simcoe.ca/opf and www.simcoe.ca/mmf