A coalition of municipalities and waste management jurisdictions in southern Alberta committed to the research and implementation of energy recovery from NON-RECYCLABLE WASTE MATERIALS to reduce long term reliance on landfills. SAEWA is in the planning stages to develop an ENERGY-FROM-WASTE FACILITY that will handle conversion of municipal and other sources of solid waste into Energy.


The future of waste in Southern
Alberta needs to be based on
the 4 “R’s”.

- Reduce
- Reuse
- Recycle
- Recover Energy from Waste

This forth “R” is as important as the other 3 and SAEWA’s goal is that the fourth “R” becomes the standard.


Welcome to Southern Alberta Energy from Waste Association

Opportunity Notice
SAEWA - RFP - Collaborative Governance Framework

The Southern Alberta Energy from Waste Association (SAEWA) is seeking proposals for a qualified consultant/firm to work with the SAEWA Board, related committees and contracted engineers to develop a comprehensive Governance Policy.

The opportunity can be viewed for download at the Alberta Purchasing Connection website at:


The RFP is now closed.
The Board will review the submissions for development of the Governance Model.
Thank you to all for your interest in the project.

SAEWA Spring Information Session

The SAEWA Spring Information Session that was held on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Champion Community Hall was well attended.  The Project Development Plan presentation by HDR covered key issues such as Siting of the Facility, Technology Procurement and timelines.  The Durham York Energy Centre in Ontario showed the development of an Energy from Waste facility from inception through to completion, with some good photos of the construction of the facility.

Both presentations are available below for download.

 SAEWA Overview April 2014

April 11 Information Session HDR presentation

Development of Waste to Energy

VIDEO: Saewa​2 HDR Corp - SAEWA Project Development Plan

VIDEO: Saewa3 SAEWA Energy-from-Waste Facility Tour

VIDEO: Saewa4 Peter Veiga - Durham York Energy Centre

VIDEO: Saewa5 Jim Schubert - Edmonton Waste-to-Biofuels Project

SAEWA Managers Briefing & Project Updates January 2014

AGM 2013 Amended & Adopted Bylaws

SAEWA Annual General Meeting 2013 Project Presentation

Managers Briefing & Project Updates: August 2013


SAEWA awards "Project Development Plan" contract:

After a six week long RFP Process the SAEWA Board voted unanimously to award the preparation of a Project Development Plan to HDR Corporation.The contract was awarded based on HDR’s experience with Energy-from-Waste projects.

SAEWA receives funding for the development of an energy-from-waste Regional Governance Model:

The MD of Bighorn, on behalf of SAEWA, received an approval letter from Municipal Affairs for the $250,000 Grant applied for under the Regional Collaboration Program of Municipal Affairs for the development of SAEWA’s “Regional Governance Model”

SAEWA in the news again!

Vulcan Advocate Editorial Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013

Vulcan Advocate Article by Stephen Tipper - Monday, Feb 25, 2013

SAEWA Media Release (Feb 13, 2013):
SAEWA adopts "Project Development Plan"

SAEWA is in the planning stages of the Project Development Framework to establish a new energy-fromwaste facility that could handle the processing of municipal solid waste generated primarily from within its membership, as well as selected wastes from other sources. The Long-term benefit will be the development of a regionally (southern Alberta) located Waste-to-Energy Facility that will service all 72 municipal entities of SAEWA. >> READ MORE

SAEWA Update: News Letter # 14

Thank you to all the SAEWA members for your participation and support over the last year.
Significant milestones have been achieved since the last newsletter.
Read about SAEWA updates and developments, download Newsletter #14.

Peel Region in Ontario developing an Energy-From-Waste Facility.

It is expected that the entire process to establish a new EFW solution will take between 8-10 years with the facility fully operational by the end of 2020.

"Utilizing an EFW facility to process the majority of Peel's garbage is expected to increase 3Rs diversion by 7% and 4Rs diversion by 32%."


Peel Regional District Project

Recycling programs and waste-to-energy systems are compatible waste management strategies:

In September 2008 the Solid Waste Association of North America released A Compatibility Study: Recycling and Waste-to-Energy Work in Concert.[1]

The study was conducted by Eileen Brettler Berenyi, PhD of Governmental Advisory Associates, Inc.

Communities using waste-to-energy have recycling rates above the national average, whether these communities are compared to EPA or Bio Cycle data. Recycling and waste-to-energy are fully compatible waste management strategies, comprising an integrated waste management approach in many communities across the United States.

Download & read the full study report
[1] www.saewa.ca

ENGINEERING STUDY - Energy-from-Waste Research Project
A summary of the key information, analysis, conclusions and rationale of the assessment of the potential for development of an Energy-from-Waste facility in Southern Alberta.

January 27, 2012 - Project Summary Report

Technical Appendices:
Phase 1, Task 1: Waste Generation Rates & Facility Sizing
Phase 1, Task 2: Combustion Technologies
Phase 2, Task 3: Waste Collection, Handling and Transportation
Phase 2, Task 4: Heat Recovery/Cogeneration Options
Phase 2, Task 5: Air Emissions, Greenhouse Gases and Control Options
Phase 2, Task 6: Permitting, Siting and Future Project Schedule
Phase 3, Task 7: Capital and Operating Costs

MEDIA RELEASE: March 25, 2011 - "Energy-from-Waste in Southern Alberta continues progress with identification of suitable processing technologies"

MEDIA RELEASE: March 1, 2011 - "Energy-from-Waste in Southern Alberta passes first hurdle"

Who is SAEWA?

The Southern Alberta Energy-from-Waste Association (SAEWA) is a coalition of 72 municipal entities and waste management jurisdictions in southern Alberta. SAEWA is committed to research and implementation of energy recovery from non-recyclable waste materials to reduce long-term reliance on landfills. Established in 2009, SAEWA is seeking to foster sustainable waste management practices that contribute to our society’s overall resource efficiency.

SAEWA is in the planning stages of the Project Development Framework to establish a new energy-from-waste facility that could handle the processing of municipal solid waste generated primarily from within its membership, as well as selected wastes from other sources. The Long-term benefit will be the development of a regionally (southern Alberta) located Waste-to-Energy Facility that will service all 72 municipal entities of SAEWA.

Rather than continuing to dispose of Municipal Solid Waste and non-recyclable materials at landfills throughout the region and losing out on valuable resources, the opportunity exists to establish a regional facility that would recover materials and energy from these non-recyclables.

The outcome can be a more sustainable, long-term strategy for managing discarded materials that meets all environmental requirements while at the same time providing local economic development opportunities for the communities. Having recently completed an extensive research study confirming the feasibility of the establishment of an energy from waste facility for southern Alberta, SAEWA is moving forward to define the next steps to undertake the project. Community and siting perspectives, energy opportunities, available vendor technologies, regulatory and approvals requirements, preliminary business planning and funding options are among the topics that SAEWA is currently exploring.

In moving forward with this project, SAEWA’s objective will be to develop a facility that is safe and protective of health and the environment to:

      • Serve the members of SAEWA
      • Manage residual wastes (i.e. garbage remaining after recycling programs)
      • Reduce long-term reliance on landfill disposal
      • Generate energy
      • Provide regional economic and environmental Benefits

At present, the consideration is for a facility with a total capacity estimated at 366,000 tonnes of solid waste per year, or about 1,000 tonnes per day. Co-locating a facility within a municipality or region that could take advantage of both the electricity and heat that will be recovered and produced as part of the process would be ideal.

Development of an EFW facility of the size under consideration would result in creation of roughly 200 full time construction jobs spanning a period of roughly four years. Over the long term, roughly 30 to 40 permanent positions would be created associated with operation of the facility. Additional indirect employment and business opportunities would be expected to result from provision of materials and services to the facility, as well as “spin off” employment and opportunities associated with the temporary and permanent workforce increases.


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