Lacombe looking to convert waste differently long-term

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
September 4, 2018 - 4:31pm

The City of Lacombe is in the very early stages of changing of where it sends its municipal waste.

It is reaching out to many neighbouring municipalities in hopes they will agree to collaboratively sign on with Nova Scotia-based Sustane Technologies.

The technology they use converts waste to various types of usable products like diesel fuel and biomass pellets.

Lacombe mayor Grant Creasey says the exploration into this is being done through the Lacombe Regional Waste Services Commission.

“In order to make this viable for the company, they need participation from about 150,000 population,” Creasey explains. “I have contacted all municipalities within a 90 km radius and I’m hoping to hear back by the end of September.”

Currently, waste is collected via transfer sites before it goes to Prentiss and then onto a massive landfill in the Camrose area, says Creasey.

“If there’s the advantage of not going to landfill at a cost that is not appreciably different than what we're spending now, it's safe to say we're interested for the sake of helping the environment,” he goes on.

“A lot of people are under the impression that somehow our municipal waste magically disappears, when the reality is that the vast majority of it still goes to landfill.”

Creasey says while the landfill in the County of Camrose is massive and has plenty of lifespan remaining, it’s better to be proactive now, with being more responsible environmentally and financially in mind.

 

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