ALBERTA, CANADA: St. Albert's pilot waste-to-energy plant to be located at Edmonton Waste Management Centre.
St. Albert has signed up the City of Edmonton as a partner in its $4-million waste-to-energy pilot program, Mayor Cathy Heron announced.
Heron made the announcement at an Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB) meeting that the scalable gasification pilot will find a home at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre.
“Mayor (Don) Iveson, thank you, they have donated a lot of in-kind already, so that’s reduced our $4-million price tag,” she said.
Heron pitched the EMRB – which includes members from more than 13 municipalities in the region – to become partners in the pilot and referenced the EMRB’s freshly approved metropolitan region servicing plan (MRSP). The servicing plan was years in the making and identified solid waste – along with stormwater and emergency services – as an opportunity for finding efficiencies through collaboration.
“In the past, St. Albert has shown leadership in new waste reduction, reuse and recycling opportunities,” Heron said. “We will also show leadership in waste recovery opportunity, but our hope is to involve our neighbours in that leadership.”
When asked why St. Albert’s pilot project is being run in Edmonton, Heron said St. Albert does not run its own landfill and so does not have the necessary provincial environmental approvals.
Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson said the waste management centre is typically used as a lab for partnerships with industry and for research, so it is “not at all a stretch” to use it as an opportunity for regional technology testing.
We’re grateful to the City of St Albert for reaching out and working with us to enhance our understanding of what’s possible with waste as well Iveson said.
Fort Saskatchewan mayor Gale Katchur said it feels like St. Albert is taking a step outside what the EMRB is trying to achieve collectively through the MRSP.
“This just feels like it’s taking one step outside of what we’re doing as a collective group, to say, 'We’re just going to do it, hope you’ll follow,'” she said. Katchur also asked why St. Albert had not thought to approach its neighbours before municipal councils completed their 2020 budget talks.
Heron responded saying St. Albert city council just passed a resolution to fund $1 million of the $4-million capital project last month.
The University of Albert’s engineering department will also be a partner in the waste-to-energy pilot, Heron said during her presentation.
Source: St. Albert Today