What do you do at the Eco360 Solid Waste Facility to minimize the environmental impact of your operations?
We strive to minimize our environmental impact in many ways and are always looking at options to further reduce the environmental footprint of our operations. For example:
Our Landfill is designed by experts to collect and treat harmful substances that are produced when garbage decomposes.
- A liner is constructed using soil and plastic geomembranes to collect the liquid which is called leachate.
- It is treated on-site and then sent to the Trans Aqua for further treatment.
- Landfill Gas (mostly methane) is currently collected and used on site to generate electricity
- We have a 1.0 MW generator which burns the landfill gas and produces electricity that is sold to NB Power.
- We produce enough electricity to power 450 NB homes for a year; in addition to what is consumed on site!
- Global warming potential of landfill gas is 20 to 25 times more powerful than that of Carbon Dioxide (CO2).
By diverting more recyclable and compostable material from our landfill we extend the operation life of the landfill, thus reducing the footprint required for landfill space.
Since 1996 over 800,000 tonnes of material have been diverted from landfill, including compost, recyclables and C&D waste. This represents the equivalent of 3.5 new landfill cells and a cost savings of over $6 million for our region.