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Arbitrator rules in City's favour in Orgaworld suit

A commercial arbitrator has ruled in the City's favour in the ongoing legal battle with Orgaworld over whether the City negotiated in bad faith.

The arbitrator dismissed Orgaworld's suit for $1.284 M, finding the city "had not acted or negotiated in bad faith, nor breached any duty of good faith."

The City's lawyer Rick O'Connor sent out a memo saying he's pleased with the decision and won't seek an appeal.

This means the long-anticipated green bin audit will be presented July 9th at City Council. It delves into HOW the City entered into a deal to send 80-thousand tonnes of organic waste to the Orgaworld facility.

It also means the City will be allowed to send leaf and yard waste to the processing plant.

Councillor Allan Hubley said this means money saved for you.

"We're going to be able to put the leaf and yard waste over there and that's going to help us because we're paying for all those tonnes to be processed now and we can't, without the leaf and yard waste we wouldn't even get close to that kind of tonnage. So, that's going to help in that sense," he said.

He said this doesn't salvage what he believes was not a good program when it was approved by the previous council but it improves the deal for the future.

In 2013 Ottawa generated 83,000 tonnes of organic waste but only 69,000 tonnes was processed at Orgaworld. 14,000 tonnes was sent to the city-owned landfill at Trail Road because it was made up of separately collected leaf and yard waste.

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