Metro Vancouver has outlined ambitious waste diversion initiatives in its Zero Waste Challenge – Goals, Strategies and Actions document. Even after these initiatives have been implemented, however, over one million tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) will still require treatment and disposal. Metro Vancouver engaged a Study Team to examine the options available to deal with this MSW.
Our speaker, Konrad Fichtner, a member of the Study Team, will first discuss the three technologies that the team examined:
- Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) to stabilize waste before landfilling or to produce a refuse derived fuel for industrial use;
- Waste-to-energy (WTE) with energy recovery (electricity and heat); and
- Landfilling with landfill gas (LFG) utilization.
The team looked at a total of eight integrated waste management scenarios for Metro Vancouver – based on the above technologies and current practice – and Konrad will review the team’s findings. Metro Vancouver recently presented these findings at its Regional Forums and the findings will be used when updating its solid waste management plan.
Konrad Fichtner is a senior engineer with over 25 years experience in managing complex environmental projects. His technical focus is on solid waste management, with a special emphasis on integrated waste planning. Mr. Fichtner is AECOM’s Practice Lead, Waste Services, Environment. He has worked on waste management projects in Canada, USA, Germany, China, Thailand, India, Singapore and Indonesia.
Thursday, October 29, 2009