Ontario’s Garden is about to get even greener thanks to a new plan that will see Norfolk’s waste shipped to Brampton to be converted into energy.
Last week council approved an agreement with Walker Environmental Group, an environmental waste disposal company with an incineration facility in Brampton and a landfill site for bulkier items in Niagara Falls.
Under the terms of the agreement, which will cost the county $2.4 million annually, the majority of Norfolk’s 18,000 tonnes of yearly household waste will go to the generating station in Brampton and be turned into electricity. Items that can’t be burned will go to the Niagara Falls landfill. The contract is for 10 years with the option of five one-year extensions.
Mayor Dennis Travale called the move a “watershed moment” for the county that brings both environmental and economic benefits for residents.
“We have something in front of us that will be less costly in the long term than what we do now, and we have an option to turn this into electricity and use it in a positive fashion,” he said.