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Shanks gets nod to build B.C. biofuels facility

The facility will create a renewable natural gas which can then be used to power Surrey’s natural gas waste collection trucks, as well as produce a compost product for landscaping and agricultural applications


Shanks Group has a greenlight to build a biofuel processing facility in Surrey, B.C., which will process 115,000 tonnes of residual kitchen and garden waste each year.

Iris Solutions, a consortium led by Orgaworld Canada, part of Shanks’ Organics Division, has been selected as the preferred proponent for the biofuels facility, set to be the first closed-loop fully-integrated organics waste management system in North America.

Peter Dilnot

Peter Dilnot

Peter Dilnot, group chief executive of Shanks, said the project “underlines Shanks’ compelling offering which combines organic and municipal contracting expertise with a growing footprint in Canada.”

The facility will create a renewable natural gas which can then be used to power Surrey’s natural gas waste collection trucks, as well as produce a compost product for landscaping and agricultural applications.

The facility will have capacity to process 100 per cent of Surrey’s organic waste, along with commercial organic waste, helping Metro Vancouver achieve its regional 70 per cent waste diversion target.

The biofuels facility is expected to become fully operational by late 2016.


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