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News Release: Council sets sights on regional waste conversion facility

Post Date:12/19/2017 3:38 PM

December 19, 2017

$2 million added to 2018 budget as first step in seeking funding for alternative waste management.

Lac La Biche… At the December 19, 2017 Regular Council Meeting, Council allocated $2 million in the 2018 capital budget to explore building a waste conversion facility in Lac La Biche County. The allocation is subject to the County’s ability to obtain government grant opportunities—which could potentially cover up to 75% of the project’s costs—and secure project partners.

The waste conversion facility, worth approximately $35 million if fully built, can convert organic waste into clean water, power or heat, and compost. It can also include the capability to mine and eliminate material from landfills. Those processes will help the County meet its goal of diverting waste from landfills and transfer stations.

“The waste conversion facility will show that the County is a leader in setting environmental standards,” says Omer Moghrabi, Mayor of Lac La Biche County. “It will also give us the ability to help our neighbours discard of organic waste in better ways.”

If built, the facility could accept waste from neighbouring municipalities and communities. This transfer of waste may bring down their disposal costs, while providing Lac La Biche County with an opportunity to gain energy sources and biological material for gardening and farming, for example.

“Council and I are excited to make a lasting investment in our community,” adds Mayor Moghrabi. “We’re committed to preserving the County’s natural beauty and environment for future generations.”

This budget allocation is the first step in demonstrating the County’s commitment towards the first project phase, and is necessary for grant applications to fund the facility. 

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Media inquiries may be directed to:
Jihad Moghrabi, Communications
Phone: 780-623-6823