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TrustBIX and partners in pilot project to track biomass and waste streams


February 16, 2021
By TrustBIX Inc.

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Edmonton-based TrustBIX Inc. has entered into a $300,000 contract with two other city corporations in a pilot project to track biomass and waste streams in the diversion of material from landfills to create new products for agricultural and industrial markets.

All West Demolition Ltd. (AWD), one of Edmonton’s largest regional demolition companies, and Innovation Reduction Strategies Inc. (IRSI), an early innovator in biomass-to-biochar production, have teamed up with TrustBIX in the project.

AWD is focused on converting wastes to new valuable products by sorting and pre-processing customer waste materials for the purpose of allowing others like IRSI to produce value-added products such as biochar.

BIX will be used to track the waste inputs. Tracking the source, characteristics and use of various waste streams supports biochar product quality and characteristics, production practices, suitability for specific applications and pricing in various markets. Further, tracking these resources is important to measure the amount of material diverted from landfills, and to quantify the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that result from the production of new products that can be created from these resources.

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“We want to be the most environmentally conscious demolition company in the world, and revolutionize demolition and waste-management practices by diverting all waste materials toward useful applications,” says Chris Landry, General Manager, AWD.

“We are proud to be converting 75 per cent of All West Demolition’s wood waste into valuable biochar and other bio-products to improve soil health and to be sold into other applications for greenhouses, activated carbon markets and other materials,” adds Chris Olson, president, IRSI.

TrustBIX’s BIX platform is now used to track livestock in the Canadian agri-food market for global brands interested in sourcing sustainable beef. BIX allows buyers and sellers to share information about their organizations, products, special attributes and certifications with others in the value chain.

“Today’s exciting announcement represents an important expansion of TrustBIX’s business and our platform’s capabilities, moving us into new bio-industrial markets linked to agriculture where we can reward sustainable behaviour,” says TrustBIX’s CEO, Hubert Lau. “This project will further demonstrate that BIX is scalable and provides a solid foundation to expand into new markets and industries.”

The commercial pilot project will continue through to Feb. 1, 2022.

Background

AWD and IRSI are founders of the All West Bio-Industrial Park (“AWBIP”), a consortium with facilities and headquarters at AWD’s work site in Edmonton.

Provincial corporation Alberta Innovates has invested $5 million into the creation of the AWBIP, to support the development of a bio-industrial accelerator hub in the Edmonton region and a unique field demonstration site. The funds contributed by Alberta Innovates have been matched by the consortium of companies in volved in the AWBIP.