Solid Waste

RotoGasifier schematic

Solid waste and biomass planning is fundamental for communities and a key part of an IRM system approach, which maximizes recycling.  Our IRM Process analyses how to optimize this and creates an implementable plan.  The Ministry of the Environment recommends this approach in its guidelines for waste planning in British Columbia.


For the Township of Esquimalt, a community of >17,000 and home to Canada's Pacific Fleet, we developed an IRM plan to achieve >90% landfill diversion while exceeding corporate GHG reduction targets at no extra taxpayer cost.  We then planned and managed public engagement, resulting in over 85% public support and unanimous Council decision to proceed.  See the Library for more detail, links and documents.

An international engineering group studied solid waste management options for three communities and concluded the best option would cost $119m. We reviewed the recommended system and found that if optimized using IRM, the systems could be structured differently to produce taxpayer lifecycle benefits of +/-$340m, with considerably better ecological and environmental results.

We also reviewed the proposed organics recycling plan. The proposed system will result in 63% reuse and recycling. An IRM approach and optimised system would be capable of reusing and recycling up to 97% with reduced costs and risks (see also the recycling and technologies pages).


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