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News Release

Fire in pit of Durham York Energy Centre

WHITBY, ON October 11, 2016

Clarington Fire Officials were called to respond to a fire in the pit of the Durham York Energy Centre (DYEC) today. Additional waste deliveries have been cancelled at this time.

“There was a fire in the pit of the Durham York Energy Centre this afternoon, local Clarington Fire Officials are on site and monitoring the situation,” said Susan Siopis, Commissioner of Works for The Regional Municipality of Durham. “We do not yet know the cause of the fire, but we will work with Fire Officials as they investigate the cause.”

The Region, and the facility operator Covanta, will co-operate with the Fire Officials to investigate the cause of the fire, and assess if there was any damage to the facility.

The Durham York Energy Centre, located in Courtice, is Durham Region’s primary long-term disposal option for waste and only processes the household waste remaining after Durham and York Regions’ aggressive composting, recycling and reuse programs. Both regions are leaders in waste diversion with diversion rates consistently above 50 per cent. For more information on the Durham York Energy Centre, visit, call 1-800-667-5671, or email

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