What takes curbside organic waste and turns it into compost and biogas? The new $68 million dollar Surrey Biofuel Facility opened in March 2018. It now transforms all of the City’s curbside organic waste into useful products while reducing GHGs.
City of Surrey project lead Rob Costanzo says the biogas will power the city’s compost-collection trucks and that it is similar to natural gas that’s supplied by Fortis. “The big difference is the gas that we are producing stems from organic materials such as vegetation food product food scraps.”
Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee toured the facility and Solid Waste General Manager Paul Henderson noted that landfilled food waste generates methane which adds to the greenhouse gas effect. “Overall, solid waste is about 5% of all the greenhouse gas impacts in Canada and across North America”, he said.
The facility is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 49,000 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of taking over 10,000 cars off the road for a year, while also keeping green waste out of the landfill and making high quality fertilizer.
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