Food scraps: fuelling the future
What happens to the food scraps you put into your organic waste bin?
Well, if you live in Surrey, your food waste will soon be delivered to a processing facility and turned into biogas. It’ll be further refined to become Renewable Natural Gas and injected into FortisBC’s natural gas system, which provides a reliable energy source for all customers.
Renewable Natural Gas is a sustainable, locally made, carbon neutral* energy. And it can be used to heat homes and businesses, and to fuel vehicles—like waste collection trucks.
Yes. The truck that just picked up your stale pizza could actually run on fuel made from those same kitchen scraps you leave at the curb. And the City of Surrey is working with us to make that a reality in 2017.
“It’s not quite like Back to the Future, when Doc Brown was fuelling the DeLorean time machine by putting banana peels into the vehicle,” says Colton Aston, a FortisBC energy solutions manager.
“There’s a lot of processing and refining needed for the food scraps to become high-quality natural gas. But yes, the City of Surrey is going to be producing Renewable Natural Gas with their organic waste, and they’ll also be a Renewable Natural Gas customer.”
The City of Surrey was one of the first municipalities to use compressed natural gas to fuel their green waste hauling fleet, which significantly reduced their greenhouse gas emissions.
Now they’re taking green innovation to the next level by building a facility to convert organic waste into Renewable Natural Gas—creating local, sustainable energy and further lowering their overall greenhouse gas emissions.Colton Aston FortisBC Energy Solutions Manager
The Surrey Biofuel Facility is currently under construction near the Golden Ears Bridge, and will be operational in early 2017.
“We’re thrilled to be part of this initiative,” Colton says. “We really wanted to help the City of Surrey bring their vision to life, so we got creative and worked hard to adapt our model for their needs.
“It’s a real customer service success story, and it’s great to be part of something so visionary that touches so many people. The entire city of Surrey will be helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions, just by separating their food scraps from their garbage.”
* FortisBC’s Renewable Natural Gas has been designated as carbon neutral in BC by Offsetters
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