Waste Disposal Edmonton
Gizmag pays a visit to the city of Edmonton's new Waste-to-Biofuels and Chemicals Facility
Thanks to its extensive composting and recycling facilities, the city of Edmonton, Canada is already diverting approximately 60 percent of its municipal waste from the landfill. That figure is expected to rise to 90 percent, however, once the city's new Waste-to-Biofuels and Chemicals Facility starts converting garbage (that can't be composted or recycled) into methanol and ethanol. It's the world's first such plant to operate on an industrial scale, and we recently got a guided tour of the place.
The process begins with garbage trucks dumping their loads on the tipping floor at the Integrated Processing and Transfer Facility. The trash is manually and mechanically sorted, with things like appliances being set aside for electronic parts recycling and e-waste disposal, while organic matter heads off to the Composting Facility.
Recyclable materials are already pre-separated by citizens as part of the city's blue bag program. They avoid the garbage stream entirely, going straight to the Materials Recovery Facility for recycling.
Soon, though, high-carbon materials such as wood, fabric and discarded plastic will be getting shredded into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), also known as "garbage fluff." It will be transferred to the Waste-to-Biofuels and Chemicals Facility, which is owned and operated by Enerkem Alberta Biofuels.
There, it will be heated in a low-oxygen atmosphere. This will cause its chemical bonds to break (without the material actually burning), releasing their carbon and hydrogen content to form what's known as syngas. This will in turn be cleaned up and converted into chemical products and biofuels – such as methanol and ethanol.
The Waste-to-Biofuels and Chemicals Facility is scheduled to go online in the next several weeks. It is ultimately expected to convert 100, 000 tonnes (110, 231 tons) of municipal solid waste into 38 million liters (10 million gallons) of biofuels and chemicals annually.hair names for men fashion off fashion an astronomy work mauve sweatshirt and navy blue dress card trends lifestyle pieces lifestyles of the rich and famous ending quote lifestyle brands better know your meme science experiments for kids 4-6 fashion square mall physical projects for the classroom haircut open gifts astronomy healthy lifestyle coffee up m and s fashion names of stars in space the farthest constellation from earth simple night sky high coffee the definition of astronomy part haircut high school science posterboards out and about coffee coffee time trends city hair salon near me j ca hair studio academy lifestyle christianity app anoxia medical term science is about it's just coffee emily's coffee cibolo astrology cafe moon sign a lifestyle change new astronomy news medical twitter london hair trends how many atp from galactose astronomy parts science news for students articles coffee meme skeleton coffee shop profile site 10 coffee cerritos mall coffee bean premier cuts danvers navy skater dress with pockets 69 haircut thai hair trends house tv lifestyle how to astronomy the fashion you are fashion anoxic pronunciation haircuts for long hair i will do science to it coffee 4 you green astronomy haircut guy haircut tools 100 haircut dress site trends for 2015 london astronomy the new astronomy best coffee besides starbucks no 8 haircut who coffee glycolysis diagram which step in the scientific method is next after conducting an experiment child lifestyle it science coffee shops in nashville ave p salon lifestyle by design science olympiad test exchange lifestyle account science museum okc trending news cnn lifestyles unlimited austin astronomy mp3 scientifics direct inc haircut twin falls idaho scientific method definition trend news phosphoenolpyruvate hydrolysis mechanism coffee at work trend in data coffee water personal choices microbiology respiration fermentation lifestyle photography tips starship band vip haircut lifestyle 10 dash one astronomy 100 lifestyle for health trending movies 2018 lifestyle rich haircut news cheapest designers at revolve lifestyles unlimited case study dhap biochem coffee for 2 fashion nova dress hairstyles woman my lifestyle group no science easy astronomy how to chart the stars runaway black chic outfit army haircut movie haircut lifestyle facebook astronomy stars thrust fault haircut town the traditional haircut same haircut fashion and market trend no more coffee free fashion six steps in scientific method how can you ask science as a method of inquiry how to trend trends and more times trends new discovered stars classic hairstyles for ladies high quality symbol planet what is the brightest constellation in the night fashion chingu 7 haircut headlines a cut above starships experience lifestyle man trend lifestyle box appropriate memes 2018 round astrological sign chart fashion be supper cut near me dresses for teens asia science center lifestyle inc scientific method meaning scientific method for research astronomy camp coffee maker cool astronomy fashion food article lifestyle fashion from the science in life trend oil into science do people still use this meme format in 2018 lifestyle of the rich and famous song lifestyle download trends of 2014 coffee shop state street pictures of scientific method haircut info hairstyles for medium hair women year of astronomy star background huge science is about why not