Toronto is taking on a new green initiative and aims to have its trash collection trucks “run on rubbish.” In an effort to create a circular economy, Toronto is hoping to produce enough renewable natural gas from food and biodegradable waste to power a majority of its trash collection trucks as well as homes and businesses.
Part of the plan includes creating four new RNG facilities. The way it will work is the city’s food scraps and biodegradable waste will be taken to a newly constructed anaerobic digestion facility for processing. Then the biogas released will be captured and converted to renewable gas (RNG) and then injected into the city’s natural gas grid.
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This reduction in carbon footprint is also being implemented in Los Angeles and New York. Once Toronto has the wheels in motion, it claims that it will be able to produce the gas equivalent of removing 35,000 cars off the road for a year.