Kenneth Chan, Daily Hive
Greenhouse gases stored within the heaping pile of garbage in the Vancouver Landfill at the southeast corner of Burns Bog in Delta will be captured and turned into an energy source.
In a release, the City of Vancouver announced today it has received regulatory approval from the BC Utilities Commission to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) from the 790-acre landfill, which has been owned and operated by the municipal government since 1966.
To accomplish this, construction will begin on a new biogas facility in 2020, with completion slated within two years. The resulting RNG product will be used in the city’s buildings, vehicles, and Neighbourhood Energy Utility.
“This is a significant step forward in our ongoing efforts to maximize the beneficial use of the gas we recover at the landfill,” said Cheryl Nelms, acting general manager for engineering services for the City of Vancouver, in a statement.