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Visiting politicians urged to test drive city Plasco plant

<p>With hundreds of municipal leaders in Ottawa this week, PlascoEnergy Group hopes many of them will kick the tires of its new waste-conversion facility here, and maybe consider the technology for themselves.</p>




With hundreds of municipal leaders in Ottawa this week, PlascoEnergy Group hopes many of them will kick the tires of its new waste-conversion facility here, and maybe consider the technology for themselves.





More than 300 politicians are expected to tour PlascoEnergy Group’s demonstration facility on Trail Road over the next several days during the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa. And CEO Rod Bryden said municipal leaders would be interested to know that starting up a plant poses no cost to a municipality.





PlascoEnergy Group funds all start up costs and takes responsibility for selling the power, he said. The municipality pays $65 for each tonne of waste brought in — a cost similar to the one they face bringing waste to a landfill.





“What we’re doing is extremely positive for the environment,” Bryden said.





Federal environment minister John Baird took a look yesterday. “That’s a triple win,” he said, noting that not only does the process divert waste from the landfill, it reduces methane gas and produces clean energy.





The plant will go into full operation this fall and uses new technology in waste management, converting up to 100 tonnes of Ottawa’s municipal unrecyclable solid waste per day into valuable products, including: synthetic gas, which is used to operate engines for electricity production; inert slag material for construction, and sulphur for soil enhancement.





More than 99 per cent of waste is converted, with less than two kilograms from each tonne of waste processed remaining for disposal.





“There would be less traffic and less noise than a neighbourhood shopping centre,” Bryden said when talking about the low-profile facility that would have no noise or emissions.


 
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