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Regional collaboration on organic waste facility study

November 21, 2017

Many municipalities have formed regional waste management commissions or authorities to collaborate on municipal solid waste management. The study for a proposed Regional Organics Facility conducted in the St. Paul Region is a good example of intermunicipal collaboration on municipal solid waste management.

The Town of St. Paul and Alberta Innovates contracted Tetra Tech Canada Inc. to conduct a feasibility study on building and managing an organic waste processing and conversion facility in the St. Paul Region in order to divert organic waste from landfill. The study area included Evergreen Regional Waste Management Services Commission, Beaver River Region Waste Management Commission, Lac La Biche County, and the municipalities within the respective Commissions and County.     

The study consisted of four parts: a waste composition study, technology review, pre-Front End Engineering Design (pre-FEED) study, and governance model review. The study also included engagement to gain municipal perspectives on the proposed facility.

Project analysis and findings led to the following recommendations:

  • Present findings to regional municipalities and commissions
  • Develop regional working committee
  • Develop project charter for next steps
  • Detailed design and business plan development
  • Service delivery model
  • Evaluate change impact for each municipality
  • Potential organizational transformation regarding regional waste management  

For more information, contact the Town of St. Paul at 780-645-4481, or by email