Reducing greenhouse gas emissions at landfills

Landfills are a source of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Biosolids are used to create a special topsoil to cover decommissioned landfills. This topsoil contains microorganisms that convert methane into carbon dioxide, a much less potent greenhouse gas. This can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills by as much as 95%.

Thompson-Nicola Regional District landfills

Metro Vancouver worked with the Thompson-Nicola Regional District to use Nutrifor™ in several of their landfill closures. Nutrifor™ was mixed with woodchips and sawdust to make a compost-like material. When placed on the landfills, this material converted methane emissions from the landfill into carbon dioxide. This reduced methane emissions by 90%.

Biosolids are blended with woodchips to produce a material that converts methane
gas from landfills into carbon dioxide.

HOW TO OBTAIN NUTRIFOR


Please contact us for more information on obtaining Nutrifor Landscaping Soil.

Email: Nutrifor@metrovancouver.org

Phone: 604-432-6200

Salmon Arm landfill

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District received the 2011 Sustainability Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for their Phase 1 closure of the Salmon Arm Landfill in 2010. Metro Vancouver was a partner in the project and provided Nutrifor™ to cap the closed landfill. Hybrid poplar trees, proven to grow successfully in biosolids, were planted to naturally treat liquids that can leach out of the landfill and cause environmental harm.

Salmon Arm landfill in 2010
Salmon Arm landfill in 2011 after application of Nutrifor™