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Our focus is on achieving the best possible outcome for the organic materials we receive. We combine multiple techniques to convert organic material into Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) as well as fertilizers and compost ideal for re-use in the agricultural sector. Our plants operate 24/7 and can be controlled via cellular service through our SCADA and PLC system. This ensures optimal uptime and notifies our plant staff if anything is out of sync. We are proud to help our municipal partners close the loop and lower their carbon footprint by generating RNG to fuel their fleets and infrastructure, and creating nutrient-rich compost for nearby agricultural markets.

We’re proud to have built four waste treatment plants across Canada — in London & Ottawa, Ontario as well as Surrey & Nanaimo, British Columbia. At each site we are committed to operating efficiently and lowering our carbon footprint, giving organic waste new life.

HOW IT WORKS

Every year, we process more than 300,000 tons of organic waste across Canada.

Biogas

Turning organic waste into energy.

We tap into the renewable energy potential of everyday organic waste materials over just a matter of weeks. Using compost starter, anaerobic digester tunnels convert organic waste into RNG and is used by the City to fuel waste collection fleets and heat buildings – closing the loop for a sustainable future.

Organic waste is trucked into the facility and mixed with “starter” compost to begin the process

Upon arrival a shredder tears open the bags to access organics and shreds plastic into long, thin strips.

Next, the biogas is moved into an upgrader where it’s washed, compressed and converted into natural gas.

The finished byproduct (renewable natural gas) is then moved to a natural gas grid where it can be used to power the city’s waste collection fleet — like at our Surrey location.

The waste material from the AD tunnels is then moved into composting tunnels, where forced air kickstarts the biological process, killing harmful bacteria and creates compost.

The finished compost is screened to remove contaminants and transported off-site where it’s packaged as fertilizer.

All air used in the process passes through an odour abatement system including an ammonia scrubber, biofilter system and bio-scrubber. Clean air and water vapour evaporate from the stack.

Compost

Giving organic waste new life.

We take organic waste and convert it into compost for local farmers and agricultural applications. Our technology is able to separate out plastics, contaminants and heavy solids from organic waste — leaving only nutritious fertilizer.

Organic waste is trucked into the facility and mixed with “starter” compost to begin the process.

Upon arrival a shredder tears open the bags to access organics and shreds plastic into long thing strips.

The mix is spread across composting tunnels for 14 days. Forced air kickstarts the biological process and high temperatures kill harmful bacteria.

Next, the compost mix is processed through a screening line to remove plastics, glass and heavy solids.

After maturing for 21 days, the compost is tested by a third-party lab before it’s sold as fertilizer for nearby agricultural crops.

All air used in the process passes through an odour abatement system including an ammonia scrubber, biofilter system and bio-scrubber. Clean air and water vapour evaporate from the stack.

Our Facilities

London

The London, Ontario composting facility was our first plant in Canada. It’s located between Toronto and Windsor and uses composting technology designed to process organic waste that usually does not contain garden waste. We collaborated with local leaders to help them launch an organic waste collection program primarily consisting of kitchen waste and diapers collected in plastic bags

The odour abatement system used at this facility is specially designed to process organic waste in plastic bags with little to no carbon source.

Ottawa

Our composting facility has been processing organic waste for the City of Ottawa since 2010. Here organic waste is converted into compost, bedding and fertilizer for the agricultural sector and for the City itself. The Ottawa facility also operates during harsh Canadian winters without issues. The plant has a processing capacity of 100,000 tons of organic waste per year, with potential for expansion to 150,000 tons per year.

We are proud to say there are hardly any odours released from this location. This is achieved by ensuring the building and facility are constantly under negative pressure and by maintaining our odour abatement system. Under negative air pressure, when we open the doors to waste collection trucks air is drawn into the building. The air is then expelled from the tunnels by passing through a multi-step odour abatement system to remove odour particles before exiting through a vapour stack.

Surrey

Built in 2017, the Surrey Biofuel Facility was the first fully integrated closed-loop organics waste management system in North America. The facility is the largest of its kind in North America and has the capacity to process 100% of the City’s organic waste over the 25-year contract term, along with commercial organic waste. This location will significantly aid in Metro Vancouver’s goal of achieving its target of 70% regional waste diversion. The design and operation of this facility is instrumental in reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 49,000 tonnes per year (equivalent to taking over 10,000 cars off the road every year), which means Metro Vancouver can eliminate its corporate carbon footprint.

The Surrey Biofuel Facility can process up to 115,000 tonnes of organic waste every year. It converts the City’s kitchen and garden waste — along with commercial waste from across the region — into renewable natural gas. The biomethane gas is used to fuel the City’s fleet of natural gas-powered waste collection trucks. It also produces a compost product that is suitable for landscaping and agricultural applications.

Nanaimo

After recently securing a 20-year contract with the Regional District of Nanaimo to process all of the region’s organics, the Nanaimo facility is currently undergoing an in-depth retrofit to implement advanced composting and odour abatement systems. This will allow the facility to process all types of organic waste, while improving compost quality and odour abatement capacity. Our goal is to improve all aspects of the plant’s performance.

The Nanaimo facility will be upgraded using four in-vessel composting tunnels, air humidification and biofilter capacity for odour abatement. The plant will have a future capacity of over 40,000 tons per year with the ability to process food, leaf and yard, co-mingled and fish waste.

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