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.