Public-Private Partnerships for Waste Management

Public consultation, education, and public-private partnerships have helped create a sustainable waste management system in Edmonton, Alberta. Since 2000, Edmonton’s residential food waste has been composted along with a wastewater treatment plant’s biosolids at the Edmonton Waste Management Center. This houses North America's largest co-composter—a technology that mixes food waste with wastewater biosolids to produce high nutrient compost. Representing over $565 million in public and private capital investment, the facility is being developed into a waste management centre for applied research, demonstration, and training, and has resulted in more than a 56% diversion of waste from landfill. More information can be found at http://www.edmonton.ca/for_residents/CompostingFacility.pdf and http://www.iclei.org/index.php?id=1207.

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