Why is Sylvan Lake in support of a No Landfill Disposal Facility?
- China has previously accepted 2/3 of North America’s recyclables; however, much of this material was contaminated (for example not rinsed of food residue, or mixed with non-recyclable materials). As a result, China has made changes to what materials it accepts; new standards are resulting in pileups of recyclable material, and municipalities are facing increased costs associated with recycling services;
- Regular waste landfills are growing, and a safe sustainable solution is required.
How does a No Landfill Disposal Facility work?
- If a facility is approved by Alberta Environment and Parks, waste products – regular waste, recycling, and compost, is converted into carbon “fluff”, and later sold for the conversion into hydrocarbon products such as diesel and gasoline;
- Virtually any form of waste, excluding glass, metals, and some hazardous waste, would be accepted. This means residents would no longer have to sort recyclables from regular garbage;
- This technology is used throughout Europe, but is relatively new in Canada.