SOUTHERN ALBERTA: The Southern Alberta Energy-from-Waste Alliance has hit a major mile-stone.
The group's accepted a report saying there is enough local waste material, which could be converted into energy at a future Southern Alberta facility.
SAEWA Chair Kim Craig noted that they can use things ranging from municipal solid waste and construction materials to old power polls.
He added that by diverting some of those materials from landfills, it could extend the life-spans of those sites for years to come. He also noted that it would help to protect the environment, as a landfill that is filled over capacity can begin leaking toxic chemicals into the surrounding soil and water.
The next step is to find a suitable and proven technology to convert the materials that can operate at a reasonable cost. Craig explained that if the technology isn't available or costs far too much then the entire initiative could go under, however he stated that he's very confident they will continue to move forward, and find what they need to get the job done.