The City of Winnipeg and Manitoba government are teaming up to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the Brady Road Landfill.
During a news conference Thursday, Premier Greg Selinger and St. Norbert city councillor Justin Swandel announced a $2.55 million agreement, which will help the city design and construction Manitoba’s largest landfill gas collection system at the landfill. The project will be completely funded by the provincial government.
“By capturing it (methane gas) here in the landfill and turning it into carbon dioxide, we’ll eliminate more than 95,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas each year,” Selinger said. “That’s equivalent to taking more than 19,000 cars off the road.”
Construction is expected to begin in the fall and is scheduled to be complete by next summer.
As part of the project, the city will construct over 80 gas extraction wells in an area of 450,000 square metres at the Brady Road Landfill. The wells will be drilled into the existing garbage to a depth of 15 metres.
The Brady Road project will reduce greenhouse gases from landfills by 11 percent.