Ontario region invests in anaerobic digestion to reach diversion goal

By Arlene Karidis, Waste Dive.

Dive Brief:

  • The Region of Peel, near Toronto, will invest in anaerobic digestion to convert organic waste into natural gas. This option was the decided alternative to building a larger waste-to-energy plant in Brampton, OH that would have converted 300,000 to 400,000 metric tons of municipal solid waste to steam or electricity annually.
  • The intention of the anaerobic digestion project is to help Peel reach a 75% landfill diversion target by 2034.
  • Peel now diverts about 46% of its solid waste from landfill but, after the anaerobic digester system launches in 2021, the region hopes to bump its diversion rate to 60%.