Surrey to Build Largest Organics Biofuel Facility in Canada

Mayor Watts and Councillor Marvin Hunt in front of a CNG truck.

September 20, 2012

Surrey – The City of Surrey and the Federal Government announced today a public-private partnership to build a new organics biofuel facility in Surrey.

The 80,000 metric tonne per year facility will help the City and Metro Vancouver achieve the regional 70 per cent waste diversion target by 2015.

“Surrey’s new organics biofuel facility will establish a new benchmark in Canada and provide environmental benefits to the entire region. It will help us reduce emissions, create viable new energy infrastructure, divert waste from the landfill, and become more sustainable in our operations,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. She adds it will be the largest of its kind in the country.

The facility will process residential and commercial kitchen and yard waste into a renewable fuel. It will be located on City-owned land in Port Kells adjacent to the Surrey Transfer Station.

Once the facility is operating, Surrey will be home to the only fully-integrated organics waste management system in North America. The system includes curbside organics collection, an entire fleet of compressed natural gas waste collection trucks, and a facility to process organics into fuel which will be used to power the waste trucks.

“Canada needs to invest in modern and green infrastructure projects to be a world leader today and in the future. Our Government believes that public-private partnerships can build public infrastructure faster and provide better value for taxpayers’ dollars,” said Ms. Grewal. “This new facility will deliver a long-term, modern approach to solid waste management that is environmentally responsible, sustainable and safe for all surrounding communities.”

The City collects waste from approximately 100,000 homes. Based on recent studies, Surrey has concluded that approximately 65% of its residential garbage is comprised of organic waste that could be diverted from the landfill.

The Government of Canada will contribute up to $16.9 million, 25 per cent of the project costs. A private partner will be chosen to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the facility in a long-term agreement. An open Request for Qualifications process is expected to be released by the City early in 2013, followed by a subsequent invitation to short-listed proponents to participate in a Request for Proposal in the spring of 2013.

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