Evergreen Environmental Inc. recently began construction of its anaerobic digestion facility in Oshawa, Ontario. When fully operational in 2025, the state-of-the-art facility will be capable of processing up to 200,000 tonnes annually of organic waste and liquid organic waste from municipal, industrial, commercial, and institutional sources as well as waste waters from industrial sources in Ontario.
“We offer everyone a locally proven, reliable, cost effective and absolutely risk-free alternative to large scale, and expensive municipally-owned facilities,” said Richard Weldon, the chairman of Evergreen Environmental Inc. “Evergreen may be a relatively young company, but it has over 100 years of combined experience in the design, construction, ownership and operation of mixed waste, organic waste, and wastewater processing including anaerobic digestion on two continents.”
“What we are building in Oshawa will be a state-of-the-art AD facility, permitted in an innovative way with a flexible permit,” said Ward Janssens, the CEO and president of Evergreen Environmental. “The facility will be using Evergreen’s CCI Bioenergy technology that has nearly two decades of operational success locally, in the GTA,”
Janssens has been engaged in waste management, organic waste management and waste management including anaerobic digestion for over 30 years. He has worked in and with some of the largest companies in North America and Europe, and this will be his sixth organic waste processing facility project in North America since 2006.
The company hosted a ground-breaking ceremony that included (left to right): Ward Janssens (CEO/president of Evergreen), David Piccini (Ontario Minister of Environment), and Richard Weldon (chairman of Evergreen Environmental). In his remarks at the ceremony, the Minister said, “Evergreen’s facility in Oshawa will divert waste away from landfills, while providing Ontarians with energy and our farmers with fertilizer. That’s what I call a win-win!”
Sited in the GTA, the facility will minimize trucking and organics transfer activities and will serve a rapidly growing area. The facility will utilize CCI Bioenergy technology, owned by Evergreen, as it has two decades of operational success in the GTA. The facility will turn organic waste into biogas, which will be converted to renewable natural gas, and anaerobic digestate, that will be used as an organic-based fertilizer.
Evergreen, in partnership with PurEnergy, has received a $10 million grant from the Government of Canada Low Carbon Economy Fund. The Company is working with renowned partners.
The facility is technically designed to produce up to 800,000 Gigajoules of renewable natural gas. The company already has a 20-year contract signed with Fortis B.C. (a natural gas provider). The digestate generated from the facility will be further processed and sold as approved organic fertilizer/soil conditioner with over 70,000 acres under LOI already.
Evergreen uses anaerobic digestion technologies for conversion to RNG (Renewable Natural Gas) and CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) certified agricultural products. The firm was co-founded by Evergreen principals with Romspen, one of Canada’s largest nonbank mortgage lenders and a long-time experienced asset developer.
3D impression of the Anaerobic Digestion facility. Credit: Evergreen Environmental.