Construction under way for Oshawa digester project

Evergreen Environmental broke ground on an anaerobic digester in Oshawa on Tuesday.

Left to right: Ward Janssens, CEO & president of Evergreen, Ontario minister of environment David Piccini, and Richard Weldon, chairman of Evergreen Environmental. 

Organic waste management in Oshawa is a long-standing problem that threatens to develop into a crisis without innovative efforts to redirect and reuse organic waste.

Currently, organic waste from the Oshawa region is delivered to regional
landfill sites where its stored energy is lost as it rots over decades. Many of these sites have already been saturated with physical waste, or are close to their maximum capacity.

200k tons a year

This $130 million project will reduce organic waste by converting it to renewable natural gas and energy through anaerobic digestion. The facility is permitted to receive and process up to 200,000 tonnes annually of waste waters and organic waste from municipal industrial, commercial, institutional, sources generated in Ontario. 

Construction begins in September 2022, and operations are scheduled to start in February 2025. 

3D impression of the Evergreen Anaerobic Digestion Facility in Oshawa.

“My dream was to build an organic waste processing facility in GTA, privately owned, and serving a rapidly growing area able to take organic waste from both residential and commercial sources and turning it into useful and needed fertilizers while recapturing the biogas produced and
putting it back into the circle of life, or in this case into the existing Enbridge high pressure pipeline just north of our facility at Conlin Road,” said Ward Janssens, CEO and president of Evergreen.

The digester will take organic waste collected from the Oshawa region and process it into safe, usable fertilizer as well as natural gas. Both products will then serve local agricultural, commercial and residential markets.

The facility’s flexible Environmental Approval, granted by the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation & Parks (MECP) allows the flexibility to accept a wide range of organic discarded materials, the capability to increase intake volumes, as well as add-on new biogas processing technologies so as to produce other new and emerging products.

Proven technology

The new facility will use technology already used by many municipalities across Ontario.

Evergreen recently acquired CCI BioEnergy Inc. CCI BioEnergy’s anaerobic digestion technology, “The BTA Process”, has a 20 -year track record in Canada and over 55 plants installed world-wide. Its technologies have been successfully processing Toronto’s source separate organics (Green Bin Program) since 2002 at the two city-owned anaerobic digesters and at a municipal consortium facility, SÉMECS, in Quebec. CCI BioEnergy is involved in the daily operations at the Toronto-owned Disco Road anaerobic
digester.