Solution to landfill waste?

Could a solution to the mounting piles of garbage at the Glenmore landfill be at hand?

Kelowna Coun. Luke Stack believes it may be, and wants the city to investigate.

At the Federation of Canadian Municipalities convention in Quebec City last week, Stack says he came across a company that is able to take plastic and regular trash, and process it into bio fuel and diesel.

He says there would be no need to separate recycling and regular garbage with the process.

The company, Sustane Technologies, is based out of Halifax and, according to its website, is constructing its first North American plant in Chester, N.S.

The plant, once it's up and running, would have the capacity to handle 70,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste a year. Kelowna's landfill currently takes in about 170,000 tonnes of waste each year.

Stack said Sustane is looking for other cities to set up a plant, adding they are most effective in areas with a population of between 120,000 and 200,000 people.

"I think this is something we should be taking a serious look at," said Stack.

"As I looked at the success they were having on this one plant, I think we should be doing a case study and having a hard look."

The Glenmore landfill is scheduled for closure in 2109, and while Stack says that puts the city in a good position, 90 years goes by fast, he added.

Closing the landfill will cost the city about $150 million, including $42 million over the next 10 years for seepage and contamination protection.

"We have to be thinking way down the road as to how we are going to deal with the growth in our community and the amount of garbage and plastics we are producing.

"I think it's time for us to start looking at some of these alternative solutions as a whole new way of sustaining our future."

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