Landfill gas to energy facility to generate 7.6 MW of renewable energy
and heat greenhouse complex located at the landfill
DRUMMONDVILLE, QC, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - With construction underway at
its landfill-gas-to-energy facility near Drummondville, Quebec, Waste Management (NYSE: WM) is embarked on building a state-of-the-art complex dedicated to
extracting value from waste.
The facility will produce electricity using methane gas drawn from a
landfill site in the Saint-Nicéphore district of Drummondville. Not
only will it generate 7.6 megawatts of electricity annually - enough
energy to power the equivalent of 6,500 homes - but the heat produced
by the plant's engines will also be recovered and used to heat a
WM will invest $13 million in the electrical power plant, which is
expected to become operational in 2012. But that's just the beginning.
It is part of an even larger project - called the Environmental and
Energy Complex in Drummondville (EECD).
This advanced waste solutions complex will include an eco-center, a
construction and demolition material facility, a new environmentally
engineered landfill area and an organics processing facility.
"We're no longer just a waste collection company," says Martin Dussault,
WM's Director of Public Affairs in Quebec. "Today across our
organization, we manage waste for its resource potential." WM is an
industry leader in recycling, renewable energy generation, new and
emerging organics and other innovative technologies.
Following a public bidding process, the energy project was selected by
Hydro-Québec for its environmental benefits and energy efficiency. The
construction of the plant and greenhouse complex is expected to create
some 50 jobs in the area.
In addition, WM has built a school on its property - the Centre for
Business Training and Recovery (CBTR) - in partnership with the Des
Chênes School Board. The school serves more than 125 students, and as
part of its curriculum, provides training in the recycling of
electronic waste. Some 260 tons of e-waste were recycled last year
alone - the equivalent of about 15 semi-trailer trucks filled to
About Waste Management
Waste Management Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider
of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Its
subsidiaries provide collection, transfer, recycling, and resource
recovery and disposal services. Waste Management is the largest
residential recycler and also a leading developer, operator and owner
of waste-to-energy facilities in North America. The company provides
its services to municipal, industrial, commercial and institutional
customers throughout North America.
SOURCE Waste Management
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