Assessing the Environmental Impact on Anaerobic Digestion for Organic Waste in the Project

The project will examine the environmental impact of using anaerobic digestion for the processing of the organic faction of municipal solid waste in the Partners in Project Green (PPG) Eco]Business Zone (EBZ). This project will be a partnership between a masterfs student at the University of Waterloo (UW), the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the Region of Peel, and Yield Energy (YE). The project will build upon the work already completed by Yield Energy in establishing a business case for anaerobic digestion. Collecting of organic waste information from businesses in the PPG EBZ and processing this information with the Integrated Waste Management Model (IWMM) will complete this assessment. A baseline scenario will be processed with the IWMM; this scenario will analyze the current waste management practicefs environmental impact. Various scenarios will be then used to examine the environmental impact of different anaerobic digestion options to determine the best solution in term of environmental impact.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Murray Haight


Aaron Stauch


Yield Energy


Resources and environmental management


Environmental industry


University of Waterloo



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