Waste not

The provincial government is looking into whether power can be generated from Burnaby and the Township of Langley's "solid and liquid organic waste streams." According to a bid document posted on its procurement Website, the government will be hiring a contractor to study the amount of waste created by "agricultural, municipal and forestry activities" in the two municipalities. The study will also tell power producers whether the waste is "suitable for biomass cultivation and/or bioenergy production." It will be submitted on June 30, 2010 to a steering committee that includes representatives from BC Hydro Corp, Metro Vancouver, the National Research Council of Canada, the ministries of agriculture and lands and community and rural development, as well as a number of private sector interests including: the BC Agricultural Research and Development Corp.; Irwin Maclaren Inc.; Life Sciences British Columbia; and Terasen Inc.. The bid document states the study will be posted on the ministry of agriculture and lands's Website. The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned bid document.

Executive Summary

This study will quantify the current types and volumes of solid and liquid1 organic waste suitable for biomass cultivation and/or bioenergy production that is created as a consequence of agricultural, municipal and forestry activities in the municipalities of Burnaby and Township of Langley. The study is led by a joint industry and government Steering Committee, with membership from B.C. Ministries of Agriculture and Lands, ARDCorp, Life Sciences B.C., Ministry of Community and Rural Development, Metro Vancouver, Irwin Maclaren Inc, B.C. Hydro, National Research Council Canada and Terasen gas.

This study will provide information critical to assess the opportunity for cultivation of biomass and/or production of renewable bioenergy from current, suitable solid and liquid organic waste streams in the municipalities of Burnaby and Township of Langley. Furthermore, the study will help determine the feasibility of adopting or enhancing biomass cultivation and/or bioenergy technologies and processes to address challenges related to B.C.'s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and solid and liquid waste management.

Specifically, this study will provide a thorough analysis of the current types and volumes of solid and liquid organic waste in the City of Burnaby and Township of Langley that is suitable for biomass cultivation and/or bioenergy production. This information will enable project proponents to assess the realistic opportunities for new or enhanced biomass cultivation and/or bioenergy production facilities in surrounding areas, while also providing detailed solid and liquid organic waste information for some of the larger point sources in the City of Burnaby and Township of Langley. This point source information will support future physical and chemical sampling research to help determine the best and most beneficial use of solid and liquid organic wastes for biomass cultivation and/or bioenergy production. Furthermore, this information will inform opportunities for leveraging agency, community and financial support to establish or enhance biomass cultivation and/or bioenergy facilities in B.C. for production of waste-derived biomass and/or bioenergy.

The study will build upon existing solid and liquid organic waste information for the City of Burnaby and Township of Langley, take into consideration existing municipal or regional biomass cultivation and/or bioenergy facilities or plans for such facilities, as well as additional pertinent organic waste survey experiences and research.

Terms of Reference and Study Requirements:

Goals:

1. Facilitate the introduction or enhancement of commercially viable biomass cultivation and/or bioenergy production facilities to enable organic waste and bioenergy developers to produce biomass and/or renewable bioenergy while improving B.C.'s environment and providing economic opportunities;
2. produce biomass and/or renewable bioenergy for use in B.C.; and
3. enable organic waste and bioenergy developers in B.C. to support achievement of federal and provincial GHG reduction goals through the production of biomass and/or carbon neutral, renewable bioenergy.

Objectives of this Study:

1. To develop a list of all the agricultural, municipal and forestry organic waste point sources in the City of Burnaby and Township of Langley. This list must include the following information for each point source:

a. name and actual geographic location of the point source (either street address or post code of the physical location and not the mail box);
b. contact information (telephone and email);
c. type (e.g., dairy farm, food processor, school, hospital, etc);
d. production volume (if available); and
e. other information that might provide a useful indication of the point source's solid and liquid organic waste volumes.

2. To create a map of both municipalities, with all the agricultural, municipal, and forestry organic waste point sources plotted and categorized by type (e.g., dairy farm, food processor, school, hospital, etc).

3. To develop for use the necessary tool(s) to acquire detailed information on the types and volumes of solid and liquid organic waste at point sources. This tool should be able to elicit detailed information on:

a. whether the organic waste is separated from non-organic waste;
b. whether the organic waste could potentially be kept separate from non-organic waste;
c. distinct organic waste categories (e.g., meat scraps, flotation sludge, tallow, oil, fats and greases, whey, etc);
d. whether the organic waste categories are separate or mixed;
e. whether the organic waste categories could potentially be kept separate;
f. economic incentives necessary to encourage organic waste separation (into an organic waste stream and/or individual organic waste streams) to enable alternative waste management solution if an alternative is possible;
g. whether the organic waste is accessible and available for collection and if it is already used or committed contractually to an existing processor, public or private;
h. monthly weight/volume (tonnes wet weight or M3) of each organic waste category for both diverted and disposed amounts;
i. monthly and seasonal weight/volume fluctuations in each organic waste category for both diverted and disposed amounts;
j. current organic waste management solutions for each organic waste category, whether it is considered a biomass cultivation and/or bioenergy production use or not, and associated cost; and
k. desire to voluntarily partake in future physical and chemical sampling research (such as carbon content, NPK and heavy metal analysis) by provision of organic waste sample(s).

4. To use the tool(s) developed for Objective 3 to collect the abovementioned point source organic waste information from 40 - 50 point sources in the City of Burnaby and Township of Langley.

5. To collect additional solid and liquid organic waste type and volume information on the City of Burnaby and Township of Langley made available by Steering Committee members, and collate all information into a succinct, clear, focused and useful report that clearly illustrates and quantifies the total types and volumes of solid and liquid organic waste in the City of Burnaby and Township of Langley suitable for biomass cultivation and/or bioenergy production.

Guiding Principles:

1. The purpose of this study is to quantify the current types and volumes of solid and liquid organic waste in the City of Burnaby and Township of Langley suitable for biomass cultivation and/or bioenergy production. Therefore, it is important for the contractor to consider several key solid and liquid organic waste criteria, including, but not limited to:

a. organic waste type and suitability;
b. organic waste volumes, lack of contamination and availability;
c. organic waste volume and composition fluctuations; and
d. organic waste pricing.

2. The contractor must be familiar with developing and using tools to acquire detailed information, organic waste management and/or biomass cultivation/ bioenergy production and GIS mapping. Creation of a study team to cover all these areas is strongly encouraged.

3. It is expected that the contractor will source additional information from Steering Committee members, previous studies and experiences. Irrespective of the source, all pertinent and useful information must be included in the final report.

4. The owner of the point sources providing information for this survey will, if necessary, be offered full anonymity, which includes ensuring that the current solid and liquid organic waste and exact location of the point source cannot be identified by information provided in the final report.

Reporting and Deliverables

Currently, funding is only secure for all work completed before March 31st 2010. Funding for the work that will be completed after March 31st 2010 is available; however, it is contingent upon work plan approval by the Growing Forward Management Committee. As such, this project will be conducted in two distinct parts:

Part 1 (to be completed by 31st March, 2010)
Formal deliverables are to be provided in electronic, Word and pdf format, as follows:
1. a list (including all ancillary information), map and detailed description of all agricultural, municipal and forestry organic waste point sources in the City of Burnaby and Township of Langley (Objective 1 - 2); and
2. a copy of the tool(s) that will be used to acquire detailed information on the types, volumes and availability of solid and liquid organic waste at selected point sources (Objective 3).
This report should include a 1 page executive summary, the final tool(s) and a list of point sources (including all ancillary information).

Part 2 (depending upon funding availability and to be completed by 30th June, 2010)
Formal deliverables are to be provided in electronic, Word and pdf format, as follows:
3. all information in bullets 1 and 2 above;
4. detailed information and results from all specified point sources with appropriate graphs, charts, etc. to clearly illustrate the information collected (Objective 4); and
5. a detailed summary of all solid and liquid organic waste information (collected and provided) in the municipalities of Burnaby and Township of Langley (Objective 5).

The final comprehensive report should include a 3 - 5 page executive summary and approximately a 30 - 50 page report plus necessary supplemental information appendices. The report MUST clearly address all 5 objectives of this study. Lists, interview tools and drafts should also be submitted in electronic Word format to the Steering Committee for comments in accordance with the timelines stipulated above. The timelines presented above apply unless changes explicitly approved by the Steering Committee and consultant have been made.

The consultant team will work with the Steering Committee to obtain guidance and direction on relevant issues, actions, study approaches and to obtain feedback at predetermined study milestones (see timelines above).

The Steering Committee is at no time responsible for editing or formatting the draft or final report. If, when the final report is submitted, it has NOT been edited and formatted to an acceptable standard, the project manager will take it upon himself to have the report professionally formatted and edited by a local company. The cost of this formatting and editing will be subtracted from the Consultant's final payment.

The successful proponent must be prepared to present the findings of the study to a group of invited individuals in either Vancouver or Victoria sometime during the summer/fall of 2010.

All finalized materials resulting from this contract will belong to B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. All materials will be made available on the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Lands website and information will be distributed to any who express an interest.

Steering Committee:

* Mathew Dickson B.C. Agricultural Research and Development Corporation;
* Ann Eastman Ministry Agriculture & Lands;
* Bob Ingratta Life Sciences B.C.;
* Jodi Dong Ministry of Community and Rural Development;
* Marla Bondar Metro Vancouver;
* James Irwin Irwin Maclaren Inc;
* Alex Tu B.C. Hydro;
* Patrick McGinn National Research Council Canada; and
* Ken Ross Terasen Gas.

This Steering Committee will be the primary group evaluating the work of the consultant and will provide input as the study progresses. It is expected that the contactor should arrange for conference calls every two to three weeks to provide progress reports and to discuss issues related to study management, direction and delivery.

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