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Ottawa Approves Plasco Plan

Pending approval by Ontario's environment ministry, council for the City of Ottawa have voted to approve a plan to use a waste-to- energy system for garbage disposal that uses a plasma torch technolog...


Pending approval by Ontario’s environment ministry, council for the City of Ottawa have voted to approve a plan to use a waste-to- energy system for garbage disposal that uses a plasma torch technology. The vote means that if Plasco Energy passes all the province’s regulatory approval hurdles, the company will pay for all costs to build, own and operate the new facility. Four hundred tonnes of garbage a day will be delivered directly from local collection trucks to the facility. The city would pay a tip fee of $60 per tonne of waste processed. Plasco Energy currently operates a 75-tonne-per-day demonstration facility at the city’s Trail Road city landfill. If the Plasco system is approved and the plant is built, it’s estimated that it will cost about $125 million, all of which will be paid by the company.


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