Garbage-to-biofuel plant launched in Edmonton
The project is the first of its kind in the world, the city says. The $80-million plant will be built, owned and operated by Enerkem, a company based in Montreal.
"With Enerkem's help, 90 per cent of the city's waste will be saved from landfills," he said.
By late 2011, once the plant is operational, 100,000 tonnes of garbage a year will be taken out of the landfill and turned into 36 million litres of ethanol.
Garbage will be trucked to the landfill, where whatever is left after recycling and composting will be shredded, dehydrated, then turned into methanol and ethanol.
"With Enerkem's help, 90 per cent of the city's waste will be saved from landfills," said Enerkem chief executive officer, Vincent Chornet.
Chornet said the plant will create enough fuel to run about 400,000 cars a year that run on a five per cent ethanol blend.