Biogas plant to begin operations at Toronto Zoo by late next year

By Mike Adler,

A proposed bio-gas plant at the Toronto Zoo jumped a final hurdle last week when Ontario’s government approved its operation. 

ZooShare Biogas Co-operative signed an agreement with the zoo to start converting zoo animal manure and grocery store waste into compost and electricity in 2014, but construction dates were later revised. 

The Toronto non-profit’s 500-kilowatt anaerobic digester will replace the zoo’s open-air composting operation, and give the zoo $50,000 a year, or 10 per cent of its profits, for 20 years.