Organic waste recycling plant proposed near Northern Landfill site

An organics waste recycling facility is being proposed for Corman Park

The first formal amendment to the Partnership for Growth (P4G) regional land use map is currently on the table for area municipalities.
Martensville City Council adopted a resolution at its meeting on Tuesday, May 15 endorsing “in principle” an amendment that would see a parcel of land in the RM of Corman Park south of Martensville designated as “Regional Infrastructure.” The parcel is currently designated “Urban Commercial/Industrial.”
In order to take effect, the proposed amendment to the P4G land use map requires the endorsement in principle of Corman Park, Saskatoon, Warman, Martensville and Osler councils. The amendment was proposed by the P4G Regional Oversight Committee (ROC).
The 12-hectare parcel of land in question is located near the Northern Land Fill, owned by Loraas Environmental; and the Martensville lagoon, owned by the City of Martensville.
Loraas is proposing to build a nutrient recycling facility (NRF) on the site. Under the P4G Regional Plan, designation to “Regional Infrastructure” on the Regional Land Use Map is required for regional waste management proposals such as this.
The proposed NRF is intended to collect and recycle yard and food waste from communities within the Saskatoon region. The organic waste will be processed on-site to generate an organic rich soil product.
Organics currently represent nearly 25% of the waste stream being deposited in landfills. The proposed facility will divert this stream and “recapture” it as a marketable product, according to Loraas. Another goal is to prolong the lifespan of the Northern Landfill.
The location of the proposed facility fits with existing land uses, according to the P4G ROC. The NRF would be an enclosed facility and would not pose odour issues. It would also be designed to be aesthetically pleasing.
The Cities of Martensville and Warman currently contract with Loraas Environmental on a voluntary program for curbside organic waste recycling. The organic waste collected from these programs would be destined for the NRF.
Martensville Mayor Kent Muench said since this is the first amendment to the P4G land use map, it represents a pivotal step in the ongoing regional partnership process.
“We’ve heard lots of concerns from developers and elected officials over the years about whether this land use map is ‘iron-clad’, or whether it can be flexible and respond to changing needs,” said Muench during the May 15 council meeting. “The basis of this partnership is trust, and by endorsing this amendment in principle, we’re showing trust in the process and in the partnership.”