Organic Biofuel Facility
The City of Surrey’s Future Organic Waste Biofuel Processing Facility
The City is in the process of implementing the second phase of the Rethink Waste Program, an organic waste biofuel processing facility. The City of Surrey’s goal is to create a fully integrated model for organic waste management that:
- maximizes the diversion of source separated organic waste from the landfill, and
- is both economically and environmentally sustainable.
Once established, the biofuel facility will process the City’s organic waste into a 100% renewable natural gas (RNG). The RNG will then be used to fuel the City's natural gas powered waste collection vehicles, its growing fleet of natural gas powered operations service vehicles, and provide a renewable fuel source for the new District Energy System, which will heat and cool Surrey's City Centre. Taking this step will significantly reduce the City's corporate carbon footprint. The facility will also produce a high end compost product that will be used in agricultural and landscaping applications.
The facility will be situated on City-owned property located in Port Kells, adjacent to the Surrey Transfer Station and will be capable of processing upward of 115,000 tonnes of organic waste per year. The majority of this waste will come from Surrey's residential curbside collection program; however, commercial organic waste will also be processed at this facility. Processing commercial organic waste helps support the Metro Vancouver Food Scraps Recycling Program.
The facility will have a state of the art odour mitigation system in place, which will significantly reduce the risk of fugitive odours impacting neighbouring communities. The main feature of this system is a powerful ventilation system, operating under negative pressure and directing 100% of the treated and filtered air out of the 70 meter stack located at the back of the facility, to ensure optimal natural dispersion
The biofuel facility will be developed as a Public-Private Partnership. As an added financial benefit, in September 2012, the Government of Canada announced that it approved the City of Surrey’s application to the P3 Canada Fund, where it will contribute up to 25% (to a maximum of $16.9 million) of the capital cost of the future biofuel facility. The biofuel facility project is now one of P3 Canada's flagship projects.
In early 2015, the City finalized the details of a long term contract with its new partner Orgaworld Canada. Orgaworld will be responsible for designing, building, operating and maintaining the facility for a 25 year period. Construction is slated to commence in the spring of 2015, and service commencement is anticipated in early 2017.
Along with processing 100% of the City's residential organic waste, the biofuel facility will also have an Educational Centre, which includes a meeting space, a viewing window and an outdoor interpretive garden. The City is looking forward to using this space for hosting small to large groups that are interested in learning more about organic waste management (including collection, processing and the production of biogas and compost).