The Surrey Biofuel Facility, a showcase for its innovative use of anaerobic digestion and closed loop processing, represents a best practice example of implementing local infrastructure through a public-private partnership model. This model incorporates external funding sources, innovation and expertise, all to the benefit of taxpayers. Learn about the role of the three partners responsible for the Facility: City of Surrey, Orgaworld Canada and PPP Canada.



The City of Surrey conceived a multi-faceted waste management solution that met the combined challenges of landfill capacity, organic waste collection, collection costs for local residents, greenhouse gas emissions and local air quality. The big idea – process organic waste locally, generate renewable natural gas (RNG) from the organic waste, and then with FortisBC's distribution system, the RNG is used to power the waste collection trucks creating a closed energy loop. A second loop is also created for compost – organic waste is converted to high quality compost that is used to grow local crops of fruits and vegetables and to accelerate growth of trees, shrubs and lawns. Kitchen waste and clippings are collected in the City’s organic bins and return to the biofuel facility.

Delivering the solution required the support of Surrey Council and local residents, a highly skilled and innovative technology partner, and funding for new municipal infrastructure. The ‘Closed Loop’ solution delivers on key Environmental and Economic goals of Surrey’s Sustainability Charter. Learn more and download our Sustainability Charter brochure.



Orgaworld Canada is a subsidiary of Shanks Group plc., a publicly-listed waste-to-product specialist focused on the treatment of municipal, commercial and hazardous waste in Europe and North America. Orgaworld was responsible for design, construction and private project financing, and will operate and maintain the biofuel facility for a 25-year period. Orgaworld champions conversion processes that convert organic waste materials into products that are environmentally sound and economically viable.

Orgaworld operates two other large scale composting facilities, each of which is located in Ottawa Ontario and London Ontario. All Canadian facilities have benefited from the long term operational expertise of both anaerobic digestion and composting facilities in the Netherlands.



The P3 Canada Fund is a merit-based program with the objective of supporting P3 infrastructure projects that achieve value for Canadians, develop the Canadian P3 market, and generate significant public benefits. P3s work because they engage the expertise and innovation of the private sector and the discipline and incentives of capital markets to deliver public infrastructure projects. The Government of Canada committed to contributing up to $16.9 million to the capital cost of the biofuel facility through the P3 Canada Fund.



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