Edmonton’s waste management stream is still falling short of its targets, however that’s about to change. The branch manager for waste services told city councillors the city is on target to finally get the new biofuels conversion system on line.
That’s the Enerkem Alberta Biofuels plant at the waste management centre that is in its final stages before taking garbage that otherwise would wind up in the land fill, and converting it to energy.
The hold up has been a dryer, Mike Labrecque told city council.
“We’re optimistic. We work with them everyday just to make sure we get the product right,” he said. “The dryer’s objective is to make sure the feed stock that gets to the plant is consistent with their specifications.”
“Through the dryer we’ll be able to feed the feed stock to the plant. By June Enerkam will finish its work and then begin to move the production up,” Labrecque said.
The new process will divert even more from the land fill. Think tomato and cheese crusted pizza boxes.
Labrecque has noticed that what we put out on the curb destined for garbage is more than what it should be.
“My observation on it is, we have lots in the black bag, that we need to get to alternative sources.”
The $100-million Enerkem Alberta Biofuels waste-to-biofuels site completed Phase 2 of it’s construction late last year and the target of production for mid 2017 was set then.