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Webinar: Putting Waste to Work – Landfill Gas Capture in Salmon Arm

Part 6 of GMF's new Innovation Webinar Series

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Session summary

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) in British Columbia has transformed the capped Salmon Arm landfill into an asset that will produce long-term economic and environmental benefits for the municipality. 

The project involved capping the completed portion of the landfill, capturing gas and upgrading it to provide natural gas heating for hundreds of local homes. The initiative is expected to reduce CO2-equivalent greenhouse gases by about 10,000 tonnes of emissions annually. A hybrid poplar plantation growing on top of the capped landfill further reduces carbon and reuses the reclaimed leachate. It is expected that the sale of carbon credits will offset the project cost over 15 years.

Winner of a 2012 FCM Sustainable Communities Award in the waste category, this project provides a sustainable model for other jurisdictions with small to midsize landfills. Speakers will discuss the factors that catalyzed this project and enabled it to become a reality, explain the technological aspects of the initiative, and present alternative solutions for communities with smaller landfill sites.

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