Turning Garbage Into Fuel
At Edmonton's Refuse Derived Fuel plant, garbage is processed and turned into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF). This involves:
- Mechanically separating municipal solid waste that cannot be recycled or composted (waste that has traditionally been sent to landfill such as carpets and shoes)
- Removing inert contaminants
- Shredding it into approximately 2 inch pieces
- Drying it, if necessary
The City’s expertise in developing RDF has potential applications in various waste-to-energy processes.