What Happens to Garbage at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre
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Garbage collected from Edmonton homes is brought to the Integrated Processing and Transfer Facility at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre. Here, it is prepared to become refuse-derived fuel (RDF), be converted to energy or sent to a landfill.
Integrated Processing and Transfer Facility
The Integrated and Transfer Facility (IPTF) sorts some household garbage, removing materials like worn-out clothing and plastics, which can be used to make refuse-derived fuel (RDF). The remaining garbage is loaded into long-haul trucks, which deliver it to a landfill 80 km southeast of Edmonton.
Garbage from apartments and condos that do not yet receive food scraps collection goes through an extra sort to remove organics. Food scraps are small and heavy, so they fall through sorting machinery that garbage passes through. The scraps are sent to the Anaerobic Digestion Facility, where they are turned into energy and compost. All apartments and condos will have food scraps collection by 2027.
Garbage is tipped on the floor of the Integrated Transfer and Processing Facility
Household garbage is prepared to be sorted
A long-haul truck transfers garbage to a landfill east of Edmonton
Refuse Derived Fuel Facility
Located inside the Integrated Processing and Transfer Facility, the Refuse Derived Fuel Facility converts household garbage into refuse-derived fuel (RDF). Also called “garbage fluff”, RDF looks a bit like garbage confetti.
To create RDF, waste material is screened to remove any metal, glass or other inert materials. It’s then shredded into small pieces (about the size of your thumb) and dried.