Debate has resumed over what to do with the solid waste that comes out of Hamilton's sewage treatment plant.
Hamilton politicians have voted to look into the availability of federal funding to help build a thermal reduction facility in which the material could be turned into ash or fertilizer through some form of gasification or incineration.
Ottawa is proposing to pay 30% of the construction cost of such private-public partnerships.
It's a road that east end councillors Chad Collins and Sam Merulla would rather not go down, due in part to air quality concerns in their wards.
But there are questions about whether the city's current practice of spreading sludge on farmer's fields remains a socially and environmentally responsible approach.