Evergreen Sustainable Solutions is a Canadian owned solutions-focused company dedicated to  diversion solutions, including the responsible management  of organic resources both  pre-consumer and post-consumer, and their conversion into renewable energy and soil amendment products . Our team includes industry professionals with over 30 years designing, owning, financing and operating organics and wastewater facilities.  We have extensive experience in, amongst others, Anaerobic Digestion (AD), energy conversion and agricultural products development and application.

Our mission is to reduce the negative impact and cost of discarded products, including decomposing natural materials (organics) to society, and on climate change.  We accomplish this by diverting discarded products from landfills and harnessing the power of those materials to generate renewable energy and much needed agricultural products.

We work to fight climate change and create renewable energy and agricultural solutions. Our solutions are community-friendly, and reduce harmful emissions that would otherwise contribute to climate change and impact natural resources negatively.  The result is environment-friendly, value added products from materials that would otherwise go to landfills at great cost to society.

Evergreen is a company that was founded by the new owners of 1515 Thornton Road (Oshawa Site) following that property’s exit from receivership, which it entered under the previous, long term, owner.

Evergreen is a company with purpose, specifically to take the 1515 Thornton Road Oshawa site in a different direction than what had been operating previously. We believe community friendly, sustainable solutions can positively contribute to fighting climate change, and supporting farmers.

FROM FOOD TO FUEL AND FOOD

Our focus is on producing renewable natural gas (RNG) and creating soil amendment products that improve crop yields.

Evergreen’s motto is from “ food  to fuel and soil” – helping supply local businesses, public transit and trucking fleets with renewable natural gas which we call Evergreen Fuels, and helping local farmers and residents with superior soil improvement products.

We create renewable natural gas by using a process to break down organics called anaerobic digestion, and soil amendment products like fertilizers and biochar are created from the end product of that process. In this case the products from digestate will enhance crop yields for farmers by providing value-added organic matter, nutrients and water holding capacity to the soil.

The new facility will use only proven processes that occur entirely within sealed vessels, and will help fight climate change by preventing the release of GHG gasses, while also offsetting fossil fuel use.

In summary, we have completely changed the direction of this site from it’s legacy use of outdoor composting, which is problematic because of associated odours.  Instead, Evergreen will be creating clean energy and soil amendment products in a facility that benefits the community, local businesses  – both near and far – as well as the planet!

WHAT IS RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS ?

Renewable natural gas is a more environmentally friendly version of traditional natural gas that can be used to heat homes and businesses, generate electricity and power natural gas equipment and vehicles .

Right now, one of the biggest research areas to fight climate change is in the Transportation sector, and large trucking  fleets are actively trying to reduce their carbon footprint by substituting RNG – either in a blend with diesel, or on its own, in dedicated RNG engines.  Currently on the market, fuels are available that are made up of RNG/CNG blends with diesel and are competitively priced  below the price of regular diesel.  Contrary to Canada, the United States is further along in clean fuels with many large trucking fleets, including UPS and Walmart, already using RNG in their fuels.

Evergreen is working with partners on new and innovative solutions to replace fossil fuel use locally with RNG created right here in Oshawa.

WHY RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS ?

Global concern around the use of non-renewable natural resources for energy is growing every day, as it is one of the largest contributors to global warming.  Finding ways to use and sustainably produce more renewable natural gas can help address this issue.

Currently gasoline and diesel fuel are used predominantly across the globe for transportation while natural gas is used to heat homes and water and for cooking throughout North America.

Renewable natural gas that is generated through anaerobic digestion is a clean, low polluting source of energy.

Anaerobic processes capture methane which is harmful to the environment and uses it as a form of fuel. Using natural materials such as Green Bin organics or unsold food from grocery stores and restaurants and converting it into renewable natural gas reduces carbon released into the atmosphere and harmful climate change emissions.

The possibilities are endless in that Evergreen Fuels could one day be powering Metrolinx Go Train locomotives, heating nearby houses or powering a large trucking fleet across North America.

WHAT IS SOIL AMENDMENT ?

Today’s crops rely on heavy use of chemical fertilizers due to the constant stripping of nutrients with each harvest. As a result, the soil becomes tired and crop yield ultimately suffers. Fertilizers also harm the environment because the way they are manufactured causes significant GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions.  Using chemical fertilizers also causes run-off issues in periods of rain,  contributing to deteriorating water quality and as a result, harming fish and ecosystems.

Making fertilizer from organics has proven to improve soil quality dramatically.  Contrary to chemical fertilizers, it adds organic materials to the soil and as such, enhances micro-life  and activity in the soil. The result is better water holding capacity and increased room for roots to expand.  We will have the potential to make different types of products, one of them being biochar.

Biochar is similar to charcoal except for how it is made.  Charcoal is produced by burning coal or wood which releases GHGs into the atmosphere, whereas biochar is created by using gasses created from organic decomposition.

PLANNING

A public engagement process is an important part of the planning. A public consultation effort is underway with more discussion and opportunities for feedback planned over the coming months.

We are excited to get the word out and share the news with the community that we will be delivering not only clean fuel and soil amendments but also bringing much needed, valuable jobs to the area.

Permit amendment activities will be prepared and submitted by the end of 2019 and construction is expected to start in 2020 with commissioning expected in late 2021.

WHY IS ANAEROBIC DIGESTION BETTER

Anaerobic digestion facilities are community friendly and are designed in a manner that avoids or eliminates common complaints with composting while creating renewable energy.

Composting is an aerobic process, which means it requires air to treat the organic material, and as such, has a high likelihood to generate odour making it unpopular with neighbours.  The anaerobic digestion process captures the breakdown of the organic material in sealed vessels  as a valuable renewable energy source.

Many AD facilities exist across Toronto, Southwestern Ontario, Calgary and Vancouver and throughout North America because they are proven to have no odour and are popular with residents and businesses.

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