What's New

On November 12, 2020, the CRD announced partnerships with ḰENES Transportation, a W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations partnership company, and Lafarge Canada as part of its approved short term beneficial use strategy.

ḰENES will transport dried biosolids to the Lafarge Canada cement plant in Richmond for up to five years while the CRD develops its long-term management plan for the continued beneficial use of this material.

Lafarge will coprocess biosolids produced from treated wastewater as an alternative fuel to non-renewable sources (primarily coal) in accordance with Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment guidelines.

During annual cement plant shut-down periods—approximately four to six weeks every year—the biosolids will be used at Hartland Landfill as a biocover to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve tree growth in reforested areas of the site.

The CRD’s short-term management plan, including this contingency plan, has been approved by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

With Provincial approval and these beneficial use contracts now in place, the CRD has started developing a long-term management plan for biosolids that will include public consultation on the full spectrum of options permitted by Provincial regulations.

Description

The Capital Regional District must outline to the Province how it will ensure that the biosolids produced at its Residuals Treatment Facility will be beneficially used after the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant is operating in 2020.

The CRD is proposing to procure services for the beneficial use of this waste stream with British Columbia’s lower mainland-based cement industry as an alternative fuel, helping reduce their reliance on non-renewable fuels to power their facilities.

Using biosolids to power the manufacturing of cement reduces greenhouse gas emissions in alignment with the Province’s CleanBC plan to use clean energy to power B.C.’s industrial economy.

Once the treatment plant is operating and the specific composition of our region's biosolids are known, the CRD will explore a range of beneficial use options as part of the development of its biosolids management strategy within the region's Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan.

The CRD Biosolids Beneficial Use Strategy (Definitive Plan), complete with the First Nations and public engagement reports, was received by the CRD Board at their meeting on June 12, 2019. The final report was provided to the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy on June 21, 2019.

Public Feedback

Public engagement is a key part of developing the CRD's overall biosolids management strategy and, as a result, the CRD collected feedback on this proposed short-term solution ahead of submitting its definitive plan to the Province. The public engagement summary can be viewed in Appendix M of the Definitive Plan.