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.