Reducing Our Carbon Footprint:
Innovative Biosolids Use in Our Backyard
Friday, June 27, 2008
10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant, Delta BC
Ecowaste Landfill – Biosolids Reclamation Project, Richmond, BC
Please confirm your attendance by June 20, 2008
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 206.684.1145
Confirmed attendees will be provided with directions, accommodation recommendations and a
detailed agenda prior to the event. Lunch will be provided by Metro Vancouver.
Over 65% of all biosolids generated in British Columbia is used in restoration and reclamation.
Over two decades of research and experience has resulted in innovative biosolids management
projects and programs.
This combination workshop and field day learning experience will provide the opportunity to learn
about innovative uses of biosolids including:
• the establishment of highway right-of way tree plantations;
• reduction of greenhouse gases through methane capture and consumption in landfill
• biosolids use in Green Building LEED™ certification;
• biosolids use in the creation of vegetative buffers at land use interfaces; and
• the use of biosolids to treat landfill leachate – both in a wetland/aquatic and
Learn about the BC experience in developing partnerships with industry and other local government
services to promote biosolids as a solution to other "waste" management challenges.
The day will start in Delta at Metro Vancouver's Annacis Island Wastewater
Treatment Plant, the largest of Metro's five treatment plants, which
produces 40,000 bulk tonnes of biosolids annually. Short 15 minute
presentations by industry and generator experts will be provided on
innovative aspects of biosolids management in restoration and reclamation
initiatives followed by questions, answers and discussion. We will tour the
Annacis Island biosolids demonstration garden and lunch will be provided
by Metro Vancouver.
The afternoon will be spent at the Ecowaste Landfill located in south Richmond. Here biosolids are
mixed with wood waste, recycled paper fines and other residuals to create a fabricated soil with the
specific purpose of treating landfill leachate with a plant/soil ecosystem. Conducted in a phased
approach the first phase includes the exploration of different biosolids formulations, soil depths and
vegetation. The program design, objectives, research plan, extensive monitoring program and
preliminary data will be discussed. Lessons learned will be shared with the participants as this
project moves into a progressive long-term closure and leachate utilization system utilizing 10,000
to 15,000 bulk tonnes of biosolids annually.