Anaerobic Digestion Facility
The facility works a bit like a stomach. Food scraps are placed in small, oxygen-free rooms where microorganisms break down, or “digest”, the scraps over several days. This produces a biogas rich in methane, which is captured and used to generate energy in the form of electricity and heat. This process leaves behind organic material known as “digestate”, which is turned into compost.
Regional Organics Processors
Most of the material collected in food scraps carts is sent to private organics processors in the Edmonton region after it is screened. This ensures we have the capacity to process and divert it from landfill. The processors own and independently market the products they create from the material.