North America’s First Closed-Loop Waste Management System Homegrown in B.C.

North America’s First Closed-Loop Waste Management System Homegrown in B.C.

June 8, 2018 Posted by Noor Subeh

British Columbia is a leading research and development hub at the forefront of green innovation and is ranked among the top ten in the world. The clean technology sector, including power generation, energy efficiency, transportation and industrial processes that create green benefits, has been growing steadily and is considered to be worth $3 trillion per year globally. The City of Surrey has recently taken significant strides towards clean technology and sustainable waste solutions. The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators has recently awarded Surrey’s Biofuel Facility a national innovation award, recognizing their commitment to environmentally sustainable governance, protecting the environment and combating climate change.  
The award-winning Surrey Biofuel Facility was set-up in the Port Kells industrial area as part of the city’s Rethink Waste Program to help Surrey reach its goal of creating a fully-integrated model for organic waste management. This $68 million facility is the first integrated closed-loop organic waste management system in North America. The Surrey Biofuel Facility works to process the city’s organic waste into 100% renewable natural gas (RNG) and in turn, fuel the city’s natural gas powered waste collection vehicles and operations service vehicles. Waste collection trucks can literally collect their own fuel source curbside in Surrey neighbourhoods and any excess fuel becomes a clean fuel source for the District Energy System that heats and cools Surrey’s city center.
Surrey’s new biofuel facility can process more than 115,000 tonnes of organic waste per year, mostly from Surrey’s residential curbside collection program, and will reduce community-wide greenhouse gas by approximately 49,000 tonnes per year. This is equivalent to taking over 10,000 cars off the road annually. The pioneering technology will completely eliminate the City of Surrey’s corporate carbon footprint of 17,000 tonnes per year and produce a high-end compost by-product for use in agricultural and landscaping applications.
British Columbia has one of the highest tech sector growth rates relative to GDP in Canada, with Vancouver serving as home to approximately 30% of Canadian clean technology companies. Seven of B.C.’s companies are on the 2018 Global Cleantech 100 list, which represents the most innovative and promising ideas in clean tech, and which are best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean tech challenges.

If you want to locate your business in an ideal environment for technology investment and partnership opportunities, British Columbia is the right place to be — it’s where innovative technologies are taking off.
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