A consortium of 56 Alberta municipalities will study the feasibility of a centralized energy-from-waste facility. Led by the Southern Alberta Energy from Waste Association, in partnership with the Town of Coaldale, AB, the project will examine the logistics associated with consolidating solid waste at a single site, then using the waste to produce energy for sale.
The project would complement recycling efforts, extend the life of existing landfill sites and produce a number of other benefits. Preliminary estimates suggest that the project could reduce total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with solid waste collection and disposal in the region by 20 per cent and divert more than 70 per cent of waste from landfill.
The study will consider:
- Cost and environmental impacts of transporting solid waste
- Current waste quantities and composition
- How to process recyclables, metals and organic materials
- Potential markets for renewable energy generated at the facility