Harbour City Resources (HCR), part of the Maple Reinders consortium, has been named the preferred proponent for the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Organics Management Infrastructure and Long-Term Operating Contract.

The $288 million project will be delivered under a design-build-own-operate-transfer (DBOOT) public-private-partnership (P3) with a 25 – 35 year operations and maintenance period. The facility will incorporate the latest and most reliable processes for the advanced, aerobic treatment of organic waste material.

This news comes as the result of a rigorous evaluation process led by HRM and represents a significant milestone for the municipality in its goal to continually increase its commitment to its residents and to the environment. As part of the ongoing procurement process, HCR is now engaging with HRM in final contract negotiations with the execution of the project agreement anticipated in early 2021.

The new plant will replace the two aging systems operating in Burnside and Goodwood.

“It will be a state-of-the-art facility, with advanced screening and odour mitigation,” said Andrew Philopoulus, HRM’s manager of solid waste. “It will incorporate what’s known as an airlock on all shipping doors.”

The new plant will be constructed at the current Goodwood site and will be able to manage approximately 60,000 tonnes of organic waste a year. HCR has built and operated similar facilities in Calgary, Hamilton and Guelph.

The new system is expected to increase Halifax’s annual composting costs by 17.5 per cent or $2.2 million.

Maple Reinders affiliate company AIM Environmental Group is a partner in HCR and will provide both proprietary technology to the facility as well as the long-term operations and maintenance services.

“We are pleased to continue our legacy of committed service to Atlantic Canada and to providing the country’s most advanced organics treatment facilities,” said Reuben Scholtens, vice-president of major projects with Maple Reinders. “Together with our partners at AIM Environmental Group, we are the most experienced providers of municipal infrastructure for organic waste treatment in Canada and are pleased to bring this expertise to the Halifax Regional Municipality. We are humbled to have been declared Preferred Proponent and will work closely with HRM staff to make this project a success for both residents and the environment.”

Featured image: The Maple Reinders compost facility in Calgary is the largest in-vessel composting facility in North America, with the main composting building having a footprint more than 31,000 square meters. The facility is designed for a minimum annual processing capacity of 45,000 wet tonnes/year for dewatered biosolids and 100,000 tonnes/year for source separated organics.

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