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Progressive Waste Solutions

Progressive Waste Solutions has positioned itself as a sustainability leader, with the most compressed natural gas (CNG) waste trucks in Canada, and forming partnerships with anaerobic digestion and recycling companies to offer a deeper range of solutions to its customers.
Based in Vaughan Ontario, Progressive Waste is North America’s third largest full service waste provider. It is publicly traded company, with 120 locations across North America; one third are Canadian locations, and two thirds are in the US.

“We’ve seen a major increase in the interest in organic waste diversion among our customers,” says Geoff Rathbone, Vice President, Resource Recovery. “There is a new wave of activity similar to recycling 25 years ago.” Specifically, anaerobic digestion (AD) is gaining traction.

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Value of Biogas Workshops, Resources and Tours

This year’s Biogas Association Value of Biogas Workshops, Resources and Tours on March 25-26 in Hamilton, offers three streams, and content geared to existing members, as well as some new audiences. This year, we have a range of new topics for the agricultural sector, and we are integrating our new resources for municipalities and food processors into a compelling program, including a dynamic line-up of speakers.  Don’t miss out on the opportunities to network and learn at these events!

Organic Waste Management Strategy for Ontario

The Biogas Association is working with the Ontario Waste Management Association to develop a policy paper to share with government on an organic waste management strategy for Ontario.  Working groups have been created and will meet in early February to identify current issues/opportunities and propose recommendations that address a range of related topics, including regulations and standards, feedstock security, and recognizing the benefits of organic material recycling.

AGM – Directors Needed!

On March 25th, members will participate in a one-hour Annual General Meeting. Three director positions are open on the Board of Directors and nominations for candidates interested in dedicating time to the sector’s advancement are being sought.  Would you, or someone you know, make a valuable contribution to the Biogas Association by serving on its Board of Directors? Please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for details.

Biogas System Operators Survey

The Biogas Association is part of a team, including Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Environment Canada and Ipsos Reid, to deliver a survey to farm-based biogas system operators. The purpose of the detailed survey is to quantify the amount of nitrogen that is reduced by biogas systems, and contribute to research being conducted by the University of Guelph. Biogas operators were contacted in late 2014 to seek an interest in participating in the survey. The survey is anticipated to launch late January. Please watch for the survey, and help the sector by taking the time to complete the answers.

 

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FIT Program Changes

On December 1st, the OPA/IESO posted a discussion paper on proposed FIT Program enhancements for 2015 requesting feedback from stakeholders by January 23rd, 2015. The IESO also hosted two industry dialogue sessions in January to review the proposed FIT enhancements, and Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) draft Request for Proposal (RFP) with stakeholders. The Biogas Association prepared a detailed submission, which is available on the members website, as well as ensured biogas representation at each of the industry dialogue sessions. The key message articulated to IESO and Ministry of Energy is the request for a dedicated biogas set-aside to allow for the biogas sector to participate in the FIT program and further help support the government’s goal of a reliable, cost effective, diversified supply mix for Ontario.

Surrey Contract Award Largest in Canada

Video shows how this leading Quebec municipality will create RNG from 100,000 tonnes of organic waste annually. Those involved in the project call it bold, and cite it as an example of the new “circular economy” – the same notion as the Biogas Association’s Closing the Loop project – using waste materials as valuable inputs for a range of commodities.

St-Hyacinthe transforms organic waste into fuel for city

Video shows how this leading Quebec municipality will create RNG from 100,000 tonnes of organic waste annually. Those involved in the project call it bold, and cite it as an example of the new “circular economy” – the same notion as the Biogas Association’s Closing the Loop project – using waste materials as valuable inputs for a range of commodities.

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Events

Seabreeze Biogas System Open House

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January 31, Abbotsford BC

Value of Biogas Workshops, Resources & Tours

March 25-26, 2015, Hamilton, Ontario

Canadian Wind Energy Association’s Operations & Maintenance Summit

February 26-27, 2015, Toronto, Ontario

BioCycle West Coast Conference 2015

April 13-16, 2015, Portland, Oregon

Canadian Hydropower Association 2015 Forum on Hydropower

May 14-15, 2015, Ottawa, Ontario

IBBK AD and Biogas Operating & Engineering Training 2015

April 13-17, 2015 - International Biogas Training Course, Stuttgart, Germany
April 20-23, 2015 - International Bigas Study Tour with focus on various plant concepts

Bioenergy Conference

May 20-21, Toronto

 

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