An anaerobic digestion facility (ADF) is currently under construction at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre. Once operational, the facility will expand the City’s organics waste processing capacity and contribute to the goal of diverting 90% of waste from landfill. It will also complement the existing organics processing done at the Edmonton Composting Facility.
The ADF will enable the City to:
- Process up to 48,000 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
This facility is a partnership between the City of Edmonton and the University of Alberta. It will allow both partners to increase their waste diversion rates and continue reducing greenhouse emissions from their activities. The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC), with its mandate to provide funding for initiatives that reduce GHG emissions or improve Alberta’s ability to adapt to climate change, has also provided funding.
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 early 2019.