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Demo plant to turn trash into power

Ottawa, ON – A demonstration plant that turns garbage into clean energy is receiving $4 million in funding from the Ontario government

The demonstration plant, operated by the Plasco Energy Group in Ottawa, uses a sealed system to break down waste. The process creates a clean fuel that can be used to generate electricity, and a material that can be used to make concrete and asphalt. The demonstration plant will be used to test the technology for use at a larger scale.

“Each day, it will divert 85 tonnes of garbage from landfill and turn that waste into clean electricity,” says Jim Watson, minister of health promotion.

“We believe the operation of this plant will demonstrate a new choice for processing municipal solid waste,” said Rod Bryden, Plasco’s president. “Less costly to the municipality, friendly to the environment, and a source of distributed, recovered energy in our cities.”