Media Release: Event to feature national and international experts on waste-to-energy

Event to feature national and international experts on waste-to-energy
160 attendees expected in Fort Saskatchewan on March 12

March 9, 2020 – The Recycling Council of Alberta and the Alberta Plastics Recycling Association will host a Waste-to-Energy (WtE) Symposium in Fort Saskatchewan on March 12 featuring experts on waste-to-energy technologies from across Canada and around the world.

The 160+ registered guests, who represent municipalities, government and industry, will receive an overview on the technical and economic considerations of WtE technologies, as well as information on the compliance and approval process facilities must undertake.

“Our members have shared a high level of interest to understand more about how these technologies could potentially impact their waste management practices,” comments Christina Seidel, Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Alberta. “The session aims to provide a deeper understanding about these technologies and their feasibility within Alberta, particularly as we advance towards a circular economy.”

The morning sessions will feature technical experts who will present on the economic and environmental implications for managing waste with an in-depth review of how WtE technologies work. This will include thermal treatment technologies such as gasification and pyrolysis, and waste to fuels.

Speakers include:

  • Matt Hamilton with Environment Canada, bringing 20 years of engineering experience in municipal solid waste.
  • David Maunder from the UK offices of GHD, who has worked on WtE for the last 30 years.
  • Steve Jenkins of Energy & Chemicals Consulting LLC offers an in-depth knowledge of permitting, engineering, design and operation of gasification and pyrolysis facilities.
  • Todd Baker from Morrison Hershfield, who has assisted municipalities considering WtE in their waste planning processes.
  • Rick Phaneuf of Alberta Environment and Parks, who will speak on compliance and approval for WtE facilities in Alberta.

In the afternoon, attendees will hear from companies who have shown interest in operating facilities in Alberta, with each sharing a brief overview of their processing and development plans.

“There are many companies and individuals who see technology as an opportunity to transform Alberta’s waste plastic into a resource,” remarks Tammy Schwass, Executive Director of the Alberta Plastics Recycling Association. “The event will bring together multiple sectors for a unique networking and learning experience.”

Registration remains open. For a full schedule of the day’s events as well speaker bios, visit: https://recycle.ab.ca/workshop/waste-to-energy-symposium/.

Media are invited to attend the event for free and should contact Tammy to register.

Contacts:

Christina Seidel
Recycling Council of Alberta
info@recycle.ab.ca
403-843-6563

Tammy Schwass
Alberta Plastics Recycling Association
tammy@albertaplasticsrecycling.com
403-835-6467