Guelph Waste Management Coalition Inc

Is new compost plant also destined to fail?

Guelph Mercury - May 2, 2012

Dear editor:

Some Guelph municipal staffers are having a hissy fit over a Ministry of the Environment air facility inspection report for the organics plant.

The document is clear that the city has not complied with the facility’s certificate of approval in numerous areas and that’s exactly what reports like these are designed to do.

The report is excellent, accurate and comprehensive. While most would use it as a guideline toward successfully operating the plant, city staff responses would like it changed to list what they did fix in their recent action plan to address odour issues, and that everything else should be overlooked.

The author of the report had been working very well with both facility staff and neighbours to ensure success of the new compost plant and she suddenly got transferred to another area when she and her supervisor refused to change her report to the wording wanted by the city. Why?

I think this facility is starting to go down the same road as the previous disaster, but at a quicker and more political pace.

Donna Sunter

Guelph