Successful Waste to Energy Symposium Hosted 170 Attendees

Connector March 2020

The Recycling Council of Alberta hosted a full-day symposium on Waste to Energy (WtE) in partnership with the Alberta Plastics Recycling Association on March 12 in Fort Saskatchewan.

Those in attendance represented municipalities and businesses operating in the waste management and recycling industries.

WtE technologies are in operation around the world and include treatment technologies such as gasification, pyrolysis, and combustion. In the morning session, leading global WtE experts provided attendees with an overview of the different technologies.

Steve Jenkins, from Energy and Chemicals Consulting, LLC has spent his career in the industry and stated how important it is for WtE systems to be designed for specific feedstocks and scales. Other experts, such as David Maunder from GHD, presented to the group from the UK and shared updates on policy requirements related to disposal costs between landfill and alternative forms of processing. In Alberta, the costs of landfill are currently too low to make competing WtE technologies financially feasible.

The session also featured speakers from Environment Canada and Climate Change and an overview on compliance for WtE facilities in Alberta from Alberta Environment and Parks.

The second part of the symposium featured brief presentations from WtE companies currently operating or with plans to operate in Alberta.

Presentations are now available on the RCA website: https://recycle.ab.ca/workshop/waste-to-energy-symposium/