Municipalities funded for waste management trials and studies

OTTAWA – Under new federal funding, several municipalities across the country will be able to improve their waste management game.

The Municipality of Landrienne, in the Abitibi Region of Quebec, will receive $465,100 to test a thermophilic composter to divert organic matter from landfill in four small rural municipalities in Abitibi.

Cornwall, Ontario, will receive $57,500 to generate biogas through the co-digestion of municipal organic waste and sewage biosolids at the Cornwall Wastewaster Treatment Plant.

The City of Calgary will receive $54,700 to study the financial and technical feasibility of various fuel alternatives for its Waste and Recycle Services (WRS) fleet.

These projects are being made possible in part through a grant from the federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities through the Green Municipal Fund.

“Municipalities are Canada’s builders. They own nearly 60 percent of the public infrastructure that supports Canada’s economy and quality of life,” said Bill Karsten, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

“Supported by our strong federal-municipal partnership, FCM is delivering world-recognized programs that help municipalities do what they do best: deliver solutions that work.”

The Green Municipal Fund is a $1 billion program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada. Budget 2019 provided an additional $950M investment to support three new program streams under GMF focused on increasing cost-saving energy efficiency.

The most recent project announcement includes  more than $2.5 million for 11 new projects in communities across the country.