Solid Waste Facilities

Disco Road Biogas Utilization Project

The City of Toronto, Solid Waste Management Services is planning to engage in a Renewable Energy Project to capture and use the biogas generated at the Disco Road Organics Processing Facility, as a renewable energy resource.

Biogas is a by-product of the anaerobic digestion process that breaks down organic waste collected from the City's Green Bin program. Currently, the plan will be to use the biogas to provide heat and power to City facilities at 120 and 150 Disco Road.

Update: February 10, 2017: Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Renewable Energy Approval Decision:

On February 8, 2017, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change issued a Renewable Energy Approval for the Disco Road Biogas Utilization Project.  The Renewable Energy Approval and the Renewable Energy Approval Application can be accessed through the following links:

 

To learn more about the project proposal, please contact:
Silvio Abate
Project Manager
City of Toronto
35 Vanley Cres., Building 275, Toronto, ON M3J 2B7
Tel: 416-392-7088 Fax: 416-397-1243 TTY: 416-397-0831
Email: Silvio.Abate@toronto.ca

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The Disco Road Organics Processing Facility currently processes 75,000 tonnes (approximately) of organic materials each year. This facility is located at 120 DIsco Road. In addition to processing organic waste, other facilities located at this site include: a transfer station, public drop-off for Municipal Hazardous and Special Waste, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and outdoor areas for leaf and yard composting.

The City of Toronto is proposing to collect the biogas that is generated at this organics processing facility to generate electricity, which will be transmitted to the other facilities on site, as well as to the adjacent property at 150 Disco Road. This electricity will help offset or displace each facility's current electricity needs. Currently, the facilities at 120 and 150 Disco Road purchase electricity from Toronto Hydro. 

For more detailed information, please see the Reports

The follow lists the milestones in the Renewable Energy Application process:

  • June, 2014: Notice of Proposal
  • July 2014: Open House #1
  • October, 2014: Draft project reports made available to Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation community
  • October, 2014: Draft project reports made available to public
  • January, 2015: Open House #2
  • Winter-Spring, 2015: Complete and submit Renewable Energy Application to the Ministry of Environment
  • Winter, 2016: Notice of a Proposed Change to a Renewable Energy Project

Public consultation is a key requirement in the Renewable Energy Application process.

Update: December 29, 2016:

Notice of Proposed Change to a Renewable Energy Project

Upon review of the Disco Road Biogas Utilization Project, submitted by the City of Toronto to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, it was identified that approval for three additional operating scenarios (contingency scenarios) for the consumption of biogas is required to provide operational flexibility to meet heating demands of the Disco Road Organics Processing Facility under extreme cold weather conditions and to allow for all foreseeable temporary operating scenarios that could arise.

In accordance with section 16.0.1 of Ontario Regulation 359/09, a notice is required to be distributed to make the public aware of proposed changes to the project.  Below, please find attached a copy of the Notice of Proposed Change to a Renewable Energy Project and a copy of the supporting document (Modifications Document) outlining the proposed changes. 

Written copies of the draft supporting documents will be made available for public inspection on December 29, 2016 at the following public libraries: Northern Elms (123 Rexdale Blvd., Unit 5), Humberwood, (850 Humberwood Blvd.), Rexdale (2243 Kipling Ave.), Albion (1515 Albion Rd.), and City Hall (100 Queen St. W.).

Update: October 20, 2015: The City of Toronto submitted the Disco Road Biogas Utilization Project to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change for review. The project was listed on the Environmental Registry for a 30-day public review that started October 15, 2015 with a deadline for comment on November 14, 2015. The period to submit comments (October 15-Novermber 14) is now closed. Please see the Notice for more information.

Update January 7, 2015: The second public meeting was on January 7, 2015 at the Pearson Hotel & Conference Centre (View the flyer for details, PDF). The Draft REA Reports (excluding the Consultation Report) were available for public viewing online and at local libraries (Northern Elms, Humberwood, Rexdale, Albion, and City Hall). The period to submit comments (January 7-19) is now closed.

Update July 8, 2014: A public meeting took place on July 8 at Pearson Hotel & Conference Centre Toronto Airport (240 Belfield Road, Etobicoke) to introduce the project and provide an overview of the process and potential environmental impacts. This is the first of two public meetings for this project. View the open house materials.The period to submit comments (July 8-13) is now closed.

December, 2016

October, 2015

February, March, 2015.

October, 2014

May 2014

All reports in PDF. Call 416-392-2962 for accessibility requests.