Solid Waste & Recycling


OWMA and SWANA waste treatment facilities tour

On Tuesday, September 25 and Wednesday September 26, 2007 two waste organizations will host an interesting tour of ...

On Tuesday, September 25 and Wednesday September 26, 2007 two waste organizations will host an interesting tour of waste management facilities.

The Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) and the Ontario Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) are pleased to announce a unique two-day facility tour in eastern Ontario and Quebec to visit EFW, landfill and bioreactor landfill facilities.

The four primary tour facilities represent new and innovative technologies and or management practices. This tour is a must for those waste managers or regulators interested in the evolving nature of waste disposal and energy recovery. Space is limited and available on a first come basis with preference given to OWMA and SWANA members.

The tour will visit the following facilities:



WASTE MANAGEMENT CORP., Sainte Sophie, Quebec


Plasco Energy Group, Inc (Plasco) was formed in the spring of 2005 from two companies, RCL Plasma, Inc. and Plasco Energy Corp. The two companies employed RCLs patented Plasco Conversion System (PCS) to convert waste to energy or convert environmentally unacceptable fuels like coal into a clean syngas. Plasco Energy Group consolidated these two into a single entity and the two divisions exist within the Group. Plasco is currently focusing its efforts on commercial activities of the Energy Division, working with waste, and will gradually devote more resources to its Power Division, dealing with other feedstocks, in the coming months. It has invented, developed and patented processes using plasma arc technology for the environmentally sound conversion of waste to heat and energy rich gas and the cost effective generation of electricity.

Briefly, Plasco Energy Group has processes, developed over three decades, based on the intense and versatile heat generation capabilities of plasma arc technology. The Plasco Conversion System was perfected through many years of dedicated and highly successful in-house research and cooperation with the NRC and MOE, to process domestic and industrial waste materials. This process has received multiple patents.


By combining the natural containment properties of clay with cutting-edge technology and a strong vision of a cleaner, more sustainable future, Lafleche Environmentals BioReactor is changing the way we think about waste.

The premise of the state-of-the-art landfill site known as the Bio-Reactor is to view waste as a valuable asset. The BioReactor is designed to contain all wasteand wastewateronsite, and to treat the waste to ensure it continues to provide benefits to society for decades to come. By managing the BioReactor in the Lafleche manner, we will be able to continue the cycle of putting waste to work for many decades and help protect our environment and our future.

When waste arrives at Lafleche Environmental, it is laid inside of an impermeable, natural clay bowl that is lined with high-tech fabric and drainage stone. As the waste deteriorates, the resulting wastewater, known as leachate, is contained by the clay and lining and flows into a large sump in the middle of the bowl. The leachate is then separated into two streams. One part is re-circulated into the waste bed from which it came. The rest is pumped from the sump into a complex treatment system. Re-circulating the leachate encourages an accelerated anaerobic reaction within the waste. Microbes, the microscopic bugs that break down the waste, act much faster in an anaerobic environment. By re-circulating the leachate, the BioReactor can accelerate the decomposition of waste by as much as 15-20 years. This means that waste can break down nearly three times as quickly in the BioReactor as in a traditional landfill, where decomposition takes an average of 50 years.


Waste Management is an industry leader in bioreactor landfill technology and active projects. The purpose of Waste Managements bioreactor program is to quantify and confirm the benefits of bioreactor landfill technology by doing research on full-scale projects, working with regulatory agencies, universities and engineering companies.

The bioreactor project, is located at a Sainte-Sophie, Quebec, landfill site north of Montreal, and is operated by Waste Management Corporation of Canada. The project is the first, large-scale bioreactor in Canada and one of 10 bioreactor projects currently under development across North America by Waste Management.

Bioreactor technology accelerates the biological decomposition of food, paper and other organic wastes in a landfill by managing the moisture content in a landfill. The liquids create optimum conditions for micro-organisms to rapidly degrade solid waste. By using these techniques, waste capacity in a typical landfill can be increased by at least 15 to 30 percent, decreasing the need for new landfills, and the waste mass can achieve environmental stability quicker.

Sainte Sophie also has the opportunity to provide a reliable, green power resource to communities and businesses in the area. Launched in 2004, the bioreactor project is having an immediate economic benefit. Despite the news of operating cut-backs at the Cascades Mill, the newspaper La Presse reported, the 315 employees that are staying can be thankful for the landfill gas now used to power the venerable plantIts the reason why we can still see a future for the plant, explained Mario Plourde, President and CEO of Cascades. The landfill gas produced at the Sainte-Sophie landfill site supplies nearly three-quarters of the Saint-Jrme plants energy needs at a very low cost.

The conversion of landfill gas into methane gas alone from this project is also resulting in an environmental benefit from the landfill and paper mill with the recovery of 540,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is like taking 120,000 cars off the road per year.


The Trail Road Landfill Gas to Energy Facility converts landfill gas at the City of Ottawas Trail Road Landfill site into 5 MW of renewable green power. This is enough power to serve 5,000 Ottawa homes. The Trail Road Landfill Gas to Energy Facility was developed and is owned by PowerTrail Inc., an Ontario-based partnership between Energy Ottawa Inc. (EOI) and Integrated Gas Recover Services, Inc. (IGRS). EOI, a subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc., is a diversified and innovative energy company that generates green power and offers an extensive range of energy management and procurement services to a wide variety of customers. IGRS owns, develops and operates landfill gas utilization projects in Ontario. IGRS is a partnership between Comcor Environmental Limited, a landfill gas engineering and consulting firm, and Integrated Municipal Services, a subsidiary of Walker Industries Holdings Limited.

Itinerary: (Times are approximate)

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
7:30 amStrongco Engineered Systems1640 Enterprise Road, Mississauga (Parking & continental breakfast providedCourtesy of Strongco Engineered Systems) (potential additional pickup locationsPickering and Kingston (If demand is high enough)

Lunch will be provided on the bus while traveling to first location

12:00 noon1:30 pmTour of Plasco Energy Group

1:30 pm2:30 pmTour of Trail Road Facility

4:00 pm5:30 pmTour of LaFleche Environmental Facility

6:15 pmArrival at Best Western Hawkesbury

7:00 pmDinner at Le Vieux Chateau

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

7:00 am8:00 amBreakfast at Best WesternHawkesbury

9:00 am11:30 amTour of Waste Management FacilitySainte-Sophie, Quebec

11:30 am1
2:30 pm Lunch (Courtesy of Waste Management Corp. of Canada)

6:30 pmFinish Strongco Engineered Systems1640 Enterprise Road, Mississau


$392.20/Single Occupancy ($370.00 + 22.20 GST)

$349.80/Double Occupancy ($330.00 + 19.80 GST)

(includes all bus transportation, two breakfasts, two lunches, hotel accommodation, one dinner, refreshments (water/pop), facility tours and facility information package)

NOTE: Space is limited to 40 persons on a first come, first served basis, with priority given to OWMA and SWANA members.

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