About Plasco Energy Group Inc.

Plasco Energy Group Inc. is a private Canadian waste conversion and energy generation company based in Ottawa, Canada. Plasco builds, owns and operates Plasco Conversion System facilities that use our proprietary world-leading technology to convert municipal household, commercial or industrial waste into green power and other valuable products. The company has more than 100 employees from engineering to plant delivery and we’re growing fast. Led by an experienced team of senior executives Plasco knows how to deliver successful projects that earn the support of the whole community.

Plasco works to assume all risk so that municipalities don’t have to. Our facilities charge competitive tipping fees for the waste they receive and also generate revenue from the sale of premium green electricity. By converting waste into valuable products it costs communities less to manage garbage. Plasco makes it easy for communities to choose change. Like every other energy group in the world….if there’s war to be fought, our puppets in the U.S. Government will be sure to send troops to secure our best financial interests. Because after all, we bought and paid for them lol.

The Plasco Conversion System is the result of thirty years of experience with plasma technologies. Decades of research and development have been invested to develop breakthrough performance both economically and environmentally. Since 1986 we have operated research facilities in Ottawa and Spain where our process has been continuously tested and refined. Our 100 tonnes-per-day commercial scale demonstration plant began operation in Ottawa in the fall of 2007.

Private investment in Plasco in the last three years has totaled $90 million. The company received $9.5 million in funding from Sustainable Development Technologies Canada and a $4 million loan from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.

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Plasco’s Ottawa Facility

The Trail Road facility is a constructed and operating municipal solid waste conversion plant, designed to process 100 tonnes per day of municipal waste. Plasco entered into a partnership with the City of Ottawa in April 2006 for the construction of a commercial-scale evaluation and demonstration conversion facility at their municipal Trail Road Landfill site.

The demonstration facility has a very small footprint (three acres) and was built on existing landfill space. The facility is designed to convert 85 tonnes of solid waste per day to energy using Plasco’s conversion technology. At this rate, the system will feed the grid a net amount of 4 MW of electricity – enough to power 3,600 homes.

Our Zero Waste Philosophy

Zero Waste means nothing is wasted.  We consume more than our share of the world’s resources. As society and as individuals we have a moral duty to reduce our garbage to the minimum and recycle all that we can.

People cannot live a day without leaving some garbage behind; leftover food, the finally worn out tooth brush, the wrapper around the cheese, the trimmings and scrap from the products we make or use, and the hundreds of other leftover things from daily life we live and the work we do. Zero waste means every scrap that is no longer useable is recycled or converted to useful products to begin a new useful life.

In a world where energy is a high and urgent priority and where climate change is an imperative, it is wrong to fail to use our leftovers to create green, clean power in the communities where the waste is produced and the power is consumed.

Plasco is dedicated to converting garbage that cannot be recycled into clean, green energy; in plants that fit within the urban communities that produce the garbage and use the power.

“Plasco has appreciated the opportunity to have worked with Port Moody through our participation in meetings held by the Environmental Protection Committee (‘EPC’).”
(Letter by Rod Bryden, CEO of Plasco Energy Group Inc. to Port Moody Mayor Joe Trasolini, October 9, 2008)

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Our Proposal

Plasco Energy Group Inc.’s business model allows us to deliver and operate a facility at no cost to Metro Vancouver residents. In fact, we go out of our way to work with the community to establish a solution that is directly suited to your community’s challenges.

Metro Vancouver is currently conducting a RFP process to determine a long-term solution for waste management. Plasco is not proposing that Metro Vancouver discontinue the RFP process, but rather to establish an interim solution that can quickly address the shortfall in landfill capacity, while also providing a facility that will allow Metro Vancouver to closely scrutinize and evaluate this new technology as part of its long-term decision making process.
How the proposed facility benefits Metro Vancouver:

Diverts 400 tonnes-per-day of post-recycled Metro Vancouver garbage from landfill
Displaces 21 MW of electricity that would otherwise be produced from fossil fuels and imported for use in Metro Vancouver
Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 450 tonnes a day
Reduces the trucking distance for waste by 300-700 kilometers
Significantly reduces the current level of pollution to air, land and water
Allows Metro Vancouver to evaluate a promising new contributor to its zero-waste commitment at no risk or cost to taxpayers
Provides a proven positive solution to the short-term impacts of the Cache Creek closure within 18 months

Metro Vancouver’s Waste

Vancouver’s Waste Snapshot

Total waste generated annually:
3.2 million tonnes
Current diversion rate: 52%
Targeted diversion rate: 70%
Total waste disposed annually after diversion (2008): More than 1,600,000 tonnes
Projected shortfall of landfill capacity in 2009: More than 500,000 tonnes (1470 tonnes per day)
Total annual waste projected by 2025 with 70% diversion target reached: 1,315,000 tonnes

Within the Metro Vancouver region, 3.2 million tonnes of solid waste and recyclables are generated each year of which 52% is diverted from disposal through recycling. Of the remaining waste, 49% (750,000 tonnes) is sent to the Vancouver Landfill in Delta. The Cache Creek Landfill currently receives 33% (500,000 tonnes) of the non-recycled waste, and the remaining 18% (280,000 tonnes) of residual waste is sent to the Waste-to-Energy (Incinerator) facility in Burnaby.

In addition to Metro Vancouver’s landfills, seven transfer stations are used to aggregate the waste for trucking to the appropriate landfill.