Petrolia’s compost transfer site plans on hold

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Waste Management employee Clarence Postma grabs an armful of sticks from the back of a pickup during the first of Petrolia’s compost days at the Progress Drive site in april 2017. The town own site on Maud St. may open again May 15 but as a transfer station.

The Independent

The cost of setting up a new compost transfer site and concerns of the public have prompted Petrolia to take a second look at its plans.

Council was set to move forward with the plan, which would cost about $7,000 less to run than the current Waste Management site, but would take over $54,000 to set up.

Recently, a number of people wrote to councillors with concern about the cost of the plan. Some people suggested the town should be encouraging backyard composting, which would cost the municipality nothing.

Councillor Ross O’Hara said the costs now seem “unbelievable” and he questions whether residents still want to spend the money. But Councillor Wade Deighton says he still believes its a good idea.

Council will consider the input Oct. 26.