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Calgary advances RFP for joint organics, biosolids composting facility

By delaying some local programs, and finding cost-savings from others, Calgary is set to move forward with the RFP process for its joint organics and biosolids composting facility


Organics composting facility - large

Organics composting facility – large

Calgary city council has approved the transfer of an additional $10 million to pay for the city’s joint organics and biosolids composting facility, after initial bids came in higher than the expected $133 million.

By delaying some local programs, and finding cost-savings from others, Calgary is set to move forward with the RFP process for the joint organics and biosolids composting facility, to be located at Calgary’s Shepard landfill site.

“Basically, the bids came in a little higher than expected, but the department was able to find the money in other areas,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

Recent analysis of the compost program elements result in a rate of $9 to $9.50 per household per month, with a net cost of $6.50 to $7 per household per month.

Councillor Peter Dumong said that while the composting facility is something the city “should do”, a biosolids plan is something the city “must do,” as it’s run out of space at the city’s wastewater treatment plants.

The diversion of organics from landfill is a critical step in achieving Council’s Priority for a Healthy and Green City and the 80/20 by 2020 waste diversion goal.


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