In a significant stride towards sustainable waste management in London, Ontario Convertus has been awarded the contract to process the City’s food waste into beneficial end-products such as compost and fertilizer for local farming communities.
The City’s new green bin program is set to launch in January 2024. The food waste collected will be converted into compost at Convertus’ in-vessel composting facility, located at 4675 Wellington Road South. In 2021, the facility underwent major upgrades to improve compost quality, and also to limit odours and their impact on nearby residents. These enhancements were particularly crucial in tackling challenges associated with progressively warmer summers.
For a company whose head office and executive team are rooted in London, this award held immense significance. “This award meant a lot to our team. We’ve worked tirelessly to establish our company as a trusted and responsible partner in this community. The green bin program is the embodiment of our dedication and represents a meaningful step towards a cleaner and greener future for the City of London.”
Convertus has an established history of actively contributing to the community betterment since 2017. Their dedication to social responsibility is evident through various initiatives, including tree giveaways, neighbourhood clean-ups and sponsorships to underprivileged youth and indigenous led organizations. They have also been an advocacy sponsor for organizations like the London Environmental Network and Green Economy London, further underlining their commitment to shaping a greener future.
The green bin program for the City of London will encourage residents to participate in waste separation and composting, diverting organic waste from landfill. The program holds the potential to achieve 20 to 27 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
The city is also taking additional steps to decrease its carbon footprint by introducing new compressed natural gas vehicles. While these vehicles still burn fuel, their emissions are notably lower compared to the diesel-burning vehicles currently in use.
As the green bin program prepares to make their debut, anticipation grows for the positive change this program will bring to both the local environment and community it serves.