“Let’s not forget that we’ve been waiting for 10 years” to build a composting plant, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said.
Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette
A $175-million contract to build and manage a composting plant in St-Laurent was approved by the agglomeration council on Thursday night without debate.Mayors of demerged suburbs had called on the city of Montreal — which has a majority on the agglomeration council — to suspend the plan.Montreal West Mayor Beny Masella expressed his opposition to the awarding of the contract during the meeting.“A lot of questions remain, notably about the choice of technology,” he said.However, there was no further discussion of the issue.The plant is to be the first of five organic waste treatment facilities built on the island — a plan that was first proposed in 2008. At that point, the first facility was supposed to open in 2012.Earlier in the day, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante defended the plan — whose estimated cost has more than doubled since 2013.She said the city has waste minimization targets from the provincial government that have to be reached.“Let’s not forget that we’ve been waiting for 10 years.” Plante said she’s not happy to be in a position where the city has to pay more “because nothing was done in the past.”The cost for all five facilities is now expected to be $589 million. In 2017, the estimated cost was $344 million.The St-Laurent facility will be larger than originally proposed, she said, and all waste will be handled inside the facility, which was not in the earlier plans.Plante said her administration has already sat down with suburban mayors.“It’s not something that we are imposing at this point, there’s been conversations over and over,” she said. “We need to move forward with not taking all our waste and sending it outside Montreal.”email@example.comRelated