​Facility to turn Toronto organic waste into renewable natural gas

Enbridge Gas Distribution and the City of Toronto say they will jointly build a facility that will turn organic waste like apple cores and coffee grounds into renewable natural gas.

Located at the Dufferin Organics Processing Facility, it will be first of its kind in Toronto.

Enbridge explains that almost 50 per cent of household waste (by weight) is organic material. When organic waste breaks down, methane is created.

“Many municipalities burn the methane produced from waste facilities and sewage treatment plants, throwing away this valuable energy resource and opportunity to lower their greenhouse gas emissions. Instead, through this facility, the methane can be captured, cleaned and used like traditional natural gas. It is carbon neutral, and has the same environmental benefits as renewable electricity.”

The project is expected to be completed in 2019.

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