The Edmonton Composting Facility

Changes to the structural issues at the Edmonton Composting Facility (ECF) aeration hall have led to the decision to immediately cease operations and close the facility.

In 2017, structural issues were identified at the aeration hall. City of Edmonton Waste Services implemented several risk management activities to continue use of the facility in a safe manner. Operations at the ECF have since been conditional, based on regular assessments of the safety of the facility.

In spring 2019, an additional investigation of the facility indicated that conditions in the facility have deteriorated, and concluded that it is no longer safe to continue to operate the facility.

In the near term, organics processing capacity will be partially directed to the Anaerobic Digestion Facility, which is in its commissioning phase. Without access to the ECF, the City’s overall organics processing capacity will be reduced immediately.

Edmonton Waste Services is planning an additional Organics Processing Facility aimed at providing a long-term substitute for the ECF.

Anaerobic Digestion Facility

This facility, located at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre, will expand the City’s organics waste processing capacity and contribute to the goal of diverting 90% of waste from landfill.

The Anaerobic Digestion Facility (ADF) will enable the City to:

  • Process up to 40,000 tonnes of organic waste per year and divert it from landfill
  • Create renewable energy in the form of electricity and heat
  • Produce high quality compost for use in agriculture and horticulture
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Remove odours created during the process by using bio-filters

The construction of the new ADF is now complete. The facility is currently in the commissioning phase, processing organic feed stock from municipal solid waste and generating biogas. It will be fully operational in 2020.