Third digester gives London Canada’s largest anaerobic facility

With its third digester now online, Stormfisher’s London, Ontario, facility is now the largest food waste anaerobic digestion facility in Canada.

The new digester is accompanied by a renewable natural gas (RNG) upgrading system. It repurposes food waste to provide heat to 2,500 homes in Ontario and provides sustainable fuel for transport.

Generate, a North American sustainable infrastructure company, owns and operates the London plant in partnership with StormFisher.

“Generate is thrilled to partner with StormFisher to build this additional capacity at the London facility,” said Bill Caesar, president of Generate’s waste-to-value business.

“It’s critical to keep building smart, sustainable, circular and affordable waste management infrastructure like this to meet the challenges of the global climate crisis. This expands our ongoing commitment to be the leading provider of sustainable solutions for organic waste in North America.”

StormFisher began constructing the third anaerobic digester in 2020, which increases food waste intake capacity by 30%. The additional digester was constructed by Greatario.

The StormFisher facility helps municipalities and businesses meet the requirements to divert waste from landfills in the Ontario Food and Organic Waste Policy. Ontario’s policy requires municipalities to implement green bin programs, initiating an organic waste diversion framework for food waste in the industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) sector.

Now, with its increased capacity, StormFisher is helping the province work towards more sustainable practices. StormFisher was recently awarded the City of Toronto’s green-bin contract.

“This new digester is part of our commitment to bringing innovative solutions for organic waste to market, and an exciting part of our growth in capabilities across waste collection, anaerobic digestion, biogas production, and RNG upgrading,” said Pearce Fallis, vice-president of operations at StormFisher.

StormFisher has also expanded its renewable energy offerings with a renewable natural gas upgrading system that provides energy for heat as well as transportation to customers in Canada – all from renewable, sustainable sources.

StormFisher can produce 225,000 gigajoules of RNG – enough energy to displace over 6.2 million litres of diesel fuel. This past summer alone, StormFisher provided FortisBC with over 60,000 GJ of energy through a long-term partnership.

“Increasing our supply of RNG is key to our 30BY30 target – our goal to reduce our customers’ emissions by 30% by 2030,” said David Bennett, director of renewable gas and low carbon fuels at FortisBC.

“We value our partnership with StormFisher and expect to receive up to 225,000 gigajoules of RNG each year, which is enough energy to heat around 2,400 BC homes annually.”

StormFisher’s London plant has attracted additional food processors to the area, supplying more jobs and growth to local communities.