Greenhouse Gas Reductions
We are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and have some of the most aggressive programs in place to reduce greenhouse gases of any landfill site. In Canada, landfills are one of the largest producers of methane gas, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
We have two ways of reducing our methane gas production. The first is through our compost program where methane production is avoided; the second is our landfill gas to energy process.
Composting organic waste is the most effective way to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, by avoiding methane production. In the landfill, material breaks down anaerobically (without oxygen) and methane gas is produced. However during composting the material decomposes in the presence of oxygen and methane is not produced.
The Landfill Gas Utilization process is our second defence against greenhouse gas production. The landfill gas which is comprised of 50% methane is captured and is used as a fuel in our gas generator.