First closed-loop waste management system opens in Surrey

City of Surrey
March 12, 2018
Written by City of Surrey
First closed-loop waste management system opens in Surrey
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March 12, 2018 - A biofuel facility in Surrey, B.C., officially opened Friday in the Port Kells industrial area. The $68-million facility is the first fully integrated closed-loop organic waste management system in North America.

The facility will convert curbside organic waste into renewable biofuel to fuel the city’s fleet of natural gas powered waste collection and service vehicles. Under this closed-loop system, waste collection trucks will literally be collecting their fuel source at curbside. Excess fuel will go to the new district energy system that heats and cools Surrey’s City Centre.

“Surrey has established a new sustainability benchmark in Canada with a state of the art facility that converts organic waste into renewable energy,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “The Biofuel Facility will be instrumental in reducing community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 49,000 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of taking over 10,000 cars off the road annually. This reduction in greenhouse gas emissions will also completely eliminate the City of Surrey’s corporate carbon footprint of 17,000 tonnes per year.”

The City owned Surrey Biofuel facility was established via a Public-Private Partnership (P3). Twenty five per cent of the cost of the facility was funded by the Government of Canada and the remaining 75 per cent was funded by Renewi plc. Based in the U.K., Renewi is responsible for the design and build of the facility and will operate and maintain the facility on behalf of the city for a 25-year period.

The Biofuel Facility will divert 115,000 tonnes of organic waste from the landfill, produce approximately 120,000 gigajoules of renewable natural gas and produce approximately 45,000 tonnes of nutrient-rich compost annually.

The Biofuel Facility was designed to meet future demand. Currently, the City of Surrey collects 65,000 tonnes of organic waste per year. The processing capacity of the facility can meet a demand of 115,000 tonnes per year which the city fully expects to utilize by 2043. In the interim, the balance of organic waste will come from the commercial sector and other municipalities.

Organic waste delivered to the Biofuel Facility will be treated exclusively “in-vessel” meaning that 100 per cent of the organic waste will be contained and processed inside the facility. Integrated within the Biofuel Facility is a state-of-the-art odour mitigation technology that treats the waste odours. The end result is that odours are entirely contained within the facility.

The Biofuel Facility is the recipient of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision Platinum award. The Envision rating system rates sustainable infrastructure across the full range of environmental, social, and economic impacts. The Surrey Biofuel Facility is the first waste sector infrastructure project in North America and only the third Canadian project overall to earn the prestigious Envision award for sustainability.

The facility also includes an Education Centre and an outdoor interpretive compost garden that will be used for conducting school and group tours. The City of Surrey and Renewi are committed to using the facility to increase awareness of responsible waste management and the science behind composting, anaerobic digestion and the generation of biofuel.

The Biofuel Facility creates more than 15 new, full-time, long-term, and family supporting jobs right here in Surrey. More information can be found here.


0 #2 Tony Winig 2018-03-14 11:30
I just read of your new Surrey, BC 65,000 TPY curbside biodegradable waste Biofuel Facility - congrats. Does this require separate new curbside separation by just residences, or businesses too in your 500,000 population area? Does it include everything biodegradable including paper, etc.? Is there a brochure sent out to residents describing what goes into the collection and what cannot be put there? Can I get a copy of that brochure / literature? I asked previously - what percentage of TOTAL Surrey, BC municipal solid waste is this 65,000 TPY? What do you do with non-biodegradab le solids? Do you have municipal wastewater treatment? What happens to that sludge? Thanks / regards / Tony Winig
0 #1 Anthony V. Winig PE 2018-03-14 11:04
How many TPY (tons per year) of non-organic waste is picked up curbside in Surrey, beyond the 65,000 tons of organic waste that will go to your new plant? How much of the non-organic waste is recycled? How much non-residential non-curbside waste is generated in Surrey? I'm trying to understand how much of TOTAl Surrey BC waste is handled by the new plant. What does Surrey do with sewage presently? Is it bio-digested into methane and used as fuel also? How are solids from municipal wastewater processing handled? Congrats on curbside waste new waste plant. regards / Tony Winig

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