Co-digestion and Biogas Feasibility Study gets the Green Light with Funding from FCM  
The possibility of a composting program for the City of Timmins moves forward with funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The City of Timmins will receive $86,500 through FCM’s Green Municipal Fund to run a source separated organics co-digestion and beneficial use of biogas feasibility study in conjunction with the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA).

The announcement comes after a recent public information session that outlined findings from a feasibility study on organic waste management. Offering a composting program in Timmins is a service that would be in line with the City’s commitment to sustainability.

There are numerous benefits to a municipal composting program. The City can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, transition to a low carbon circular economy, reduce waste and extend the life of the landfill, meet provincial targets, and add to job creation. The initial feasibility study looked at the collection, processing, stabilization, and end product operations that would be required. This next feasibility study will look specifically at the processing of organic waste collected through co-digestion. Co-digestion is the preparation and use of organic waste through a wastewater treatment digestion process that produces biogas, which can be used for electricity generation.

“Approximately 43% of household waste is made up of organic material that we could divert by putting a composting program in place,” says Scott Tam, Manager of Public Utilities and Environmental Services. “In this next feasibility study, we will be looking at how we can transform our current wastewater pollution control plant into a net-zero resource recovery facility used for the processing of organic waste. The benefit would optimize infrastructure and improve efficiencies. We would have a circular economy from start to finish aimed at eliminating waste and the circular or continual use of resources. This would be a big step towards providing sustainable services for our community.”

“Any time we can talk about upgrading our current programs and services to a sustainable operation, it is positive news for the City,” says Mayor George Pirie. “Add to that the possibility of adding a composting program, and we’ll have a system in place that will greatly lower the City’s carbon footprint. I want to thank Minister O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Joanne Vanderheyden, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), for helping us further explore this opportunity.

“Local green solutions create jobs, lower emissions and build a more prosperous and sustainable economy for all. This is how we get to net zero by 2050,” says the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources

“Municipalities own sixty percent of the country’s infrastructure. That is why local action is critical. And it is happening,” says FCM President Joanne Vanderheyden. “The City of Timmins is moving towards sustainable solutions. Empowering this local expertise is vital to meeting Canada’s climate goals. Supported by our strong federal-municipal partnership, FCM’s Green Municipal Fund helps municipalities do what they do best: deliver solutions that work.”

The Green Municipal Fund is a $1.65 billion program delivered by FCM and funded by the Government of Canada.

Related Links

View the City of Timmins’ Composting Feasibility Study at: https://www.timmins.ca/our_services/waste_recycling_services/recycling_and_composting
Posted by Amanda Dyer On 6/29/2021 at 1:34 PM  

 
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