On March 12, 2020, the Alberta Plastics Recycling Association and Recycling Council of Alberta hosted a full-day symposium on Waste to Energy (WtE). 170 people attended and over a dozen speakers. Copies of presentations are now available: https://recycle.ab.ca/workshop/waste-to-energy-symposium/ 

WtE technologies are in operation around the world and include thermal treatment technologies such as gasification and pyrolysis, biological systems and waste to fuels. But how do these technologies work and what are the economic and environmental implications for managing waste? What role does WtE have as we try to build a Circular Economy and promote reduction and recycling in Alberta?

The first part of the workshop provided attendees with an overview of the different technologies from leading WtE experts across North America.

The second part of the workshop featured brief presentations from WtE companies currently operating in Alberta.

Attendees will develop a greater understanding of how these technologies work and the opportunities and challenges of local implementation.

Symposium Schedule

8:30 am Welcome and Introductions
8:45 am A Federal Perspective on Thermal Treatment Technologies
– Matt Hamilton (Environment Canada)
9:15 am Defining Thermal Treatment Technologies
– Dr. David Maunder (GHD)
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Technical Foundations and Practical Realities of Gasification and Pyrolysis – Steve Jenkins (Energy & Chemicals Consulting, LLC)
11:45 am Todd Baker (Morrison Hershfield)
12:30 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Compliance and Approval Requirements for WtE
– Rick Phaneuf P.Eng. (AEP)
1:30 pm WtE Proponent Presentations
– Paul Ryan (SAEWA)
– Patricia McConkey (Project Mountain Inc.)
– Stuart McCormick (Cielo Waste Solutions Corp.)
– Kim Caron (Executive Mat Group of Companies / Eco-Growth Environmental Inc.)
– Jasper van de Wetering (Lehigh Cement, a division of Lehigh Hanson Materials Limited)
3:30 pm Closing Remarks