Small power producer makes green energy from landfill gas

    THOROLD, ON, June 24 /CNW/ - In just seven years since its inception, a
small private Ontario company has grown to be one of the largest generators of
energy from landfill gas in Canada. Together, the plants designed, built,
owned and operated by Integrated Gas Recovery Services Inc. (IGRS) generate
19 megawatts (MW) equivalent of energy from landfill gas, enough to power
approximately 20,000 homes.
    Landfills generate gas as a by-product of the decomposition of waste.
Approximately 50 per cent of this gas is methane. Typically, this gas is
flared off or left to vent into the atmosphere, where it has the potential to
produce odours - a major issue for neighbours - and greenhouse gas emissions.
As a result, landfill gas has traditionally been a nuisance and cost to
landfill operators. IGRS is able to turn the problem into an asset and
generate renewable energy in the process.
    IGRS builds and operates plants at landfill sites across Canada where gas
is collected, processed and used as a fuel source. One plant, at a landfill in
Niagara Falls, produces enough energy to provide approximately 35 per cent of
the heat required for the newsprint operations at a nearby fibre paper mill.
Another IGRS plant, located at Mississauga's closed Britannia Landfill,
produces 5.5 MW of power, enough energy to power the nearby Village of
Streetsville, ON.
    More recently, IGRS has partnered with Energy Ottawa Inc. to develop a
5.3 MW power plant at the Trail Road Landfill in Ottawa. Another partnership,
with St. Catharines Hydro Generation Inc., has resulted in the development of
a 1.0 MW landfill gas to energy plant in Niagara Falls.
    IGRS is also in various stages of development at a number of new
facilities at landfills both within Ontario and in other provinces across
    IGRS is a partnership between Walker Industries, a family-owned waste
management company in Thorold, Ontario, and Comcor Environmental Ltd. based in
Cambridge, Ontario. Comcor is an engineering firm that specializes in the
management of landfill gas. The companies came together to form the
partnership company, IGRS, to undertake a landfill gas project at Niagara
Waste Systems Ltd., a landfill in Niagara Falls.
    "We had an odour problem at our company's Niagara Falls landfill and had
hired a series of consultants who had studied the issue to death," says
Walker's vice-president Mike Watt, who shares CEO duties at IGRS. "I realized
after a year and a half that we were getting nowhere, so I called Walt
Graziani, the president of Comcor. The Comcor team came out to the site,
temporarily rigged up some piping and flared off the gas to resolve the
problem. They actually came out to see us and did something constructive in an
economical and practical way to get rid of the odour. I was impressed with
that," Watt says.
    Watt further explains that the Comcor team then helped set up a permanent
system to capture the landfill gas and turn it into usable energy, and then
suggested that the two companies work together to do the same thing at other
sites. The IGRS partnership was born in 2002 and has been developing new
projects almost annually ever since. IGRS has now grown to the point of having
annual revenues of over $10 million.
    IGRS has established a solid track record in working with municipalities
in public-private partnerships to address landfill gas problems through the
beneficial use of landfill gas as a renewable energy source. The company was
recently recognized by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
for its Britannia Landfill Gas to Energy Project.
    The company is poised to continue its impressive track record of growth
as it explores opportunities for further growth in Ontario and across the

For further information:

For further information: Mr. Mike Watt, Integrated Gas Recovery Services
Inc., (905) 680-3752; Mr. Walter Graziani, Integrated Gas Recovery Services
Inc., (519) 621-6669, ext. 225;

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