Waste RE-solutions, a City of Edmonton-owned private company that markets Edmonton's waste-management expertise internationally, is hoping to develop a facility which will process garbage in the east-central China city of Lichuan, along with Chinese partners.
Once operational, the facility would process 150 tonnes per day of Lichuan's municipal waste stream into recyclables and fertilizer for agricultural use.
Lichuan has a population of close to 800,000.
Gary Klassen, the general manager of sustainable development for Edmonton, is accompanying Mayor Don Iveson in China as part of a 10-day mission to Asia to develop business opportunities.
Klassen said the memorandum of understanding is the first phase of the project.