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Green Cart composting facility


 Construction progress - Sept 2016


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  • The composting facility is made up of three buildings. The entire facility with be the largest of its kind in Canada.
  • Construction continues on building annexes along the west side of the main building.  The annexes include: administration and education building, Maintenance shop, mechanical room, and acid room.
  • Work has begun on the installation of the under slab HDPE piping for the biofilter.  The biofilter removes odours from the air before being exhausted from the building.
  • This is the receiving and processing floor of the main building. Collection trucks will unload food and yard waste collected from the green carts and material will be shredded before it gets loaded into the composting vessels.
  • Overall facility site
  • Artist rendering of compost facility
  • Artist rendering of compost facility

Work began in fall 2015 on The City's composting facility. It will be the largest of its kind in Canada and is scheduled to open mid-2017 for the Green Cart program.

The facility will produce high quality compost from both food and yard waste from single-family homes as well as dewatered biosolids, a nutrient-rich by-product from wastewater treatment. Learn more about the composting process.

Council approved a capital budget of $143 million for the facility.

Facility details

The facility is located on the Shepard Waste Management Facility, south of 114th Avenue S.E.

  • Three buildings make up the composting facility - main building, curing building and storage building. Together, the facility is 521,000 square feet.
  • The facility will process up to 145,500 metric tons of residential food and yard waste and dewatered biosolids from The City's wastewater treatment process every year.
  • From start to finish it will take approximately 60 days to produce nutrient-rich compost.
  • Finished compost will be tested to ensure it meets the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment Category A standards for compost that can be used in any application.

About the site area

We understand how important it is to be a good neighbour to the communities and businesses around us. Traffic will be kept away from residential areas, and enter and exit just as landfill traffic does now. The facility will use advanced air filtration technology and comply with environmental regulations.

Natural design features like trees and embankments will also help the facility blend in with the surrounding area. An extension to the regional pathway system has been built outside the eastern edge of the site. A new storm water pond, which looks like a natural wetland, is also being built.

About Chinook Resource Management Group

Chinook Resource Management General Partnership (CRMG) was selected to design, build and operate the facility on the Shepard Waste Management Facility. CRMG is a consortium led jointly by Bird Construction and the Maple Reinders Group and comprised of Maple PPP and Bird Capital as developers, Nason Contracting Group (a wholly owned subsidiary to Bird Construction) and Maple Reinders Inc. as design-build contractors, AIM Environmental Group as operations and maintenance provider for a 10-year term, and Stantec as design and permitting liaison.

Questions about the new composting facility?

If you have questions about the new facility, please contact 311 or fill out the feedback form at the bottom right corner of this page.​​​