Petrolia compost transfer station could open in May

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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.

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After years of debate and discussion, Petrolia’s yard waste transfer station could be open in a month.

The Compost site was closed in 2017 after the Ministry of the Environment found a number of violations, mostly concerning record keeping.

It became an election issue with several of the now elected councillors vowing to reopen it. Waste Management operated a transfer station for the municipality until now.

Petrolia CAO, Rick Charlebois, says the fencing around the Maude Street site is now up. It cost $23,000. And, as long as there are no COVID-19 restrictions, he expects the new town-owned transfer site to be open May 15.