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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Township Looking for Funding/Partners for Organic Waste Expansion

Georgian Bluffs | by Ken Hashizume  

The Township is seeking grant funding, they are also interested in working with private developers.

Georgian Bluffs are seeking funding for their plan to expand their bio digester.

The Township is looking for grants and possible partnerships.

The BIOGRID facility is jointly owned by Georgian Bluffs and the Township of Chatsworth.

A report to Georgian Bluffs Council last Wednesday revealed that the board in 2017 authorized staff to put out a request for proposal from interested parties to operate and/or expand the facility in order to become more self-sufficient.

Mayor Dwight Burley says the Township has been in discussions with other developers in order to make the facility more profitable and be able to take in organic waste from other municipalities.

He says if potential suitors think this venture is attractive to them, then the Township will enter into an agreement with them.

The report also suggests any upgrades to the facility would be impossible if there is no grant funding available.

Council passed a motion authorizing Acting CAO Rick Winters to submit grant applications and to retain CCI BioEnergy to complete the grant application process on behalf of the Township.

Burley says having a private developer operate the digester and take in organic waste from surrounding municipalities would be ideal.

He says the Township is producing hydro to power the digester but financially it is breaking even.


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