How was the preferred location determined?
The siting process was developed by industry-leading experts and included the evaluation of 502 potential sites through a three-screen process, applying more than 20 environmental and technical criteria (such as the avoidance of wetlands and floodplains, vulnerable areas under Source Protection, Prime Agricultural Areas, and sensitive receptors). County landfill properties and willing vendor industrial-zoned sites were included in the scope of properties reviewed in the site selection process. A short list of seven sites was presented for public, Aboriginal, and stakeholder consultation in fall 2015, followed by a detailed comparative evaluation completed by the County’s consultant. Following this exhaustive siting and consultation period, furthering development of a co-located OPF and MMF at 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road West, Springwater, was approved by County Council. This location has many noted advantages, including favourable environmental conditions.