London’s expanded biogas company is now the country’s largest food waste diversion plant

A London-based company that turns organic waste into fuel has expanded its plant, making it the largest food waste diversion plant in Canada.

StormFisher has built a third facility at its South London site, along Green Valley Road, near the motorway. 401, to make more fuel from the waste of the whole region.

“This is in addition to the current facility, which allows us to support more customers in southwestern Ontario, as well as produce more renewable natural gas from the facility, because we have a greater processing capacity, ”said Brandon Moffatt, vice president of development at StormFisher.

The new facility, built in partnership with Generate, a sustainable infrastructure company, will increase the company’s food intake capacity by 30%.

StormFisher collects organic waste from restaurants, grocery stores, municipalities and businesses such as Labatt and Maple Leaf Foods, and turns it into renewable gas and electricity for sale.

This is done using a process called anaerobic digestion, in which organics break down in large oxygen-free tanks that are heated to around 40 ° C. The method helps keep methane out of the atmosphere and produces fuel. negative carbon, an alternative to natural gas. .

This is a process that could soon be used by the City of London, which is expected to roll out its long-awaited green program in late 2022 and early 2023.

“As new customers go online, like the City of London and its green bin program, our additional capacity gives us the ability to support these types of customers,” Moffatt said.

In addition to fuel, digested organic material is used to produce a more sustainable organic fertilizer for use in agriculture, Moffatt said.

The 18-month construction of the facility was completed in the fall.

“We’re the largest plant in Canada by volume, and we’re one of a handful of plants that produce renewable natural gas,” Moffatt said.

StormFisher has approximately 50 employees across the province, with between five and 10 jobs added in the past year, he said, adding that “we continue to grow in southwestern Ontario.”

The new infrastructure will help meet targets of reducing the millions of tonnes of organic waste in Ontario sent to landfills each year, most of which ends up in Michigan, Moffatt said.

“This is another example of how we can do this cost-effectively (and) sustain the environment. ”

The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada

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