Officials in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough are moving forward with plans for a new compost facility at their landfill site.
Councillors have authorized staff members to apply for infrastructure funding for the project, which is expected to cost between $1.5 million and $1.8 million.
After December’s regular municipal council meeting Wednesday, Vernon Pitts, the municipality’s warden, said they have close to $500,000 set aside in their budget for the project, and they’ll ask their counterparts at the two other levels of government to be one-third funding partners.
Pitts said the new facility will meet the needs of their customers, as well as their own environmental responsibilities.
“It’s an added service to our clientele out at the landfill- we serve every municipal unit from (the) Colchester Co. line to Meat Cove,” he said. “It’s a method whereby we can treat their organics, along with ours.”
Pitts said the facility, which will be moved to the landfill’s second-generation site, will be fully contained.
He said the project has been discussed for five years or more.
“It’s something our council has been looking forward to for the last number of years,” he said. “We have some initial site work done- we want our landfill to remain a full-service facility, and this only enhances it.”
Pitts said it’s time to have some movement on the project.
He said he hopes to have construction started in the spring, and finished by the fall of 2019.