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Environmental Resource Recovery Centre


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What is the Environmental Resource Recovery Centre?What is the Environmental Resource Recovery Centre?​​There are two main facilities to be co-located at the Environmental Resource Recovery Centre – a Materials Management Facility (MMF) and an Organics Processing Facility (OPF).​ <ol><li>Materials Management Facility (MMF) – a location for consolidation and transfer of waste (garbage, blue box recycling, and organics) from multiple collection vehicles for more economical shipment to other disposal or processing locations. </li><li>Organics Processing Facility (OPF) – a location where green bin material (kitchen waste, soiled paper products, etc.) and potentially materials such as leaf and yard waste, pet waste, diapers, and sanitary products are processed under controlled conditions and converted into other valuable products, such as compost or fertilizer. </li><li>Other – additional developments at the Environmental Resource Recovery Centre (on the 4.5 ha development envelope) include a Solid Waste Management truck servicing area, a public education area, and the potential for future expansion to a recycling sorting facility (Materials Recovery Facility). </li></ol><p> </p><p> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=477694ae-22b2-4abf-9da1-c9289df21ffa" style="color:#0066cc;">Home</a><br></p>​<br>
Is this a landfill?Is this a landfill?<font size="3"><p>No. Assessing development of the OPF and MMF were recommended in the County’s Solid Waste Management Strategy as a result of County Council’s direction that no new landfills would be developed. This infrastructure will support the County’s diversion initiatives and transfer of wastes for export to processing and disposal locations. </p></font><p><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=477694ae-22b2-4abf-9da1-c9289df21ffa"><font color="#0066cc">Home</font></a><br></p>
Where are we in the process? What's next?Where are we in the process? What's next?<font size="3"><span lang="EN"><span lang="EN">The siting process was completed in March 2016 with direction provided by County Council to develop a co-located facility at 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road West, Springwater. The project is now moving through the land use planning approvals process. <p align="LEFT" dir="LTR">On June 26, 2018, County Council adopted a County Official Plan Amendment required to further development of the project. Documentation was submitted to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) for their consideration and in January 2019, notification of provincial approval was received. Three (3) appeals were submitted in January 2019 and are now being addressed through the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).</p><p>On January 21, 2021 the first Case Management Conference (CMC) was held for the consolidated matters of COPA2 and Local Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-Law Amendment. At this CMC, hearing dates for both matters were scheduled for September 2021 and November 2021. ​<br></p> </span> </span></font><font color="#221e1f" size="3"><font color="#221e1f" size="3"><font color="#211d1e" size="3"><font color="#211d1e" size="3"></font></font><font color="#211d1e" size="3"><font color="#211d1e" size="3"><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=477694ae-22b2-4abf-9da1-c9289df21ffa"><font color="#0066cc">Home</font></a><br></font></font> </font></font>
Will nearby neighbours be impacted by odours?Will nearby neighbours be impacted by odours?<font size="3"><p>It will be the responsibility of the County to ensure that neighbours are not impacted by odours. Controlling offsite odours will be a significant operational requirement of the facility and site design and technology must ensure specified odour limits are met. This was a consideration during the siting process and the preferred location offers large separation distances. Modern odour control measures will also be incorporated into design of the buildings and material will be accepted in enclosed buildings under negative air pressure, utilizing fast-action doors. Additional information can be found in the odour assessment completed as part of the <a href="/Planning/Documents/7.%20Facility%20Characteristics%20Report.pdf">Facility Characteristics Report</a>. </p></font><p><br><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=477694ae-22b2-4abf-9da1-c9289df21ffa"><font color="#0066cc">Home</font></a><br></p>
When will the processing method/technology be selected for the OPF?When will the processing method/technology be selected for the OPF?<p>Technology selection will be a three-part procurement process. It began with a Request for Information, which closed in early 2017. Information from this RFI was recently presented in the <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Documents/Acrobat%20Document.pdf">Preliminary Business Case </a>for the OPF. This report recommended a "technology neutral" procurement process to determine the best technology for the County's facility. A Request for Pre-qualification (RFPQ) and Request for Proposal (RFP) for organics processing technology will be released following receipt of Planning approvals.</p><p><br><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=477694ae-22b2-4abf-9da1-c9289df21ffa"><font color="#0066cc">Home</font></a></p>
What will be the cost?What will be the cost?<span lang="EN">Preliminary, site-specific, revised costs were presented in fall 2017 in business cases for both facilities. The estimated capital cost for the MMF is $15M and between $16M and $35M for the OPF (dependent on technology). Based on current contracted costs for transfer and organics processing, both facilities would result in savings over the long-term. Actual costs will be determined through final procurement.<font size="3"><br></font><br><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=477694ae-22b2-4abf-9da1-c9289df21ffa"><font color="#0066cc">Home</font></a><br><br></span>
What Planning approvals are required?What Planning approvals are required?Development of the Environmental Resource Recovery Centre at 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road West, Springwater, will require an amendment to the County Official Plan as well as amendments to the Township of Springwater Official Plan and Zoning By-law along with Site Plan Approval by the Township.<br><br><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=477694ae-22b2-4abf-9da1-c9289df21ffa"><font color="#0066cc">Home</font></a><br><br>
What technical studies have been undertaken?What technical studies have been undertaken?<font color="#221e1f" size="3"><font color="#221e1f" size="3"><font color="#211d1e" size="3"><font color="#211d1e" size="3"><font size="3">The following studies were undertaken to futher both local and County Planning amendments,<font color="#211d1e"> please click </font><a href="/Planning/Pages/Simcoe-County-Environmental-Resource-Recovery-Centre.aspx" target="_blank">here</a><font color="#211d1e"> to view all technical studies:  </font> </font><font size="3"><ul><li>Planning Justification Report </li><li>Agricultural Impact Assessment Report </li><li>Scoped Environmental Impact Study (includes Hazard Land Assessment) </li><li>Facility Characteristics Report (includes Conceptual Site Plan, Functional Servicing Study, Stormwater Management Study, Noise Assessment, Odour Assessment) </li><li>Hydrogeological Assessment </li><li>Stage 1 & 2 Archaeological Assessment </li><li>Stage 3 Site Specific Assessment </li><li>Stage 3 Site Specific Assessment – Supplementary Documentation </li><li>Cultural Heritage Resource Assessment: Built Heritage Resources and Cultural Heritage Landscapes </li><li>Traffic Impact Assessment </li></ul></font></font></font><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=477694ae-22b2-4abf-9da1-c9289df21ffa"><font color="#0066cc">Home</font></a><br><br> </font></font>
What will happen to the rest of the tract?What will happen to the rest of the tract?<font color="#211d1e" size="3"><font color="#211d1e" size="3">The facility footprint is anticipated to be 11 acres (4.5 hectares) of the 207 acre (84 hectares) location (approximately 5%), allowing for continued forest management activities and use of the forest for recreational purposes. <br><br></font></font><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=477694ae-22b2-4abf-9da1-c9289df21ffa"><font color="#0066cc">Home</font></a><br><br>
What will be the impact of the additional traffic to this area?What will be the impact of the additional traffic to this area?<p>The impact of additional traffic is outlined in the <a href="/Planning/Documents/11.%20Traffic%20Impact%20Study.pdf" target="_blank">Traffic Impact Study</a> (TIS). This study examined data related to peak periods – both for site-generated traffic and for this portion of Horseshoe Valley Road West. Additional information can be found in the report dated November 2016 (a link to this study is provided at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=ae857544-17dc-45d3-869c-5fe2901daf43" target="_blank">simcoe. ca/errc</a>). </p><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=477694ae-22b2-4abf-9da1-c9289df21ffa"><font color="#0066cc">Home</font></a><br><br>