City of Vancouver Repositioning Study

The City of Vancouver is focused on achieving Zero Waste by 2040. The City engaged MH to provide expertise in a variety of technical areas relating to waste prevention, diversion and management, with a focus on technology approaches for achieving zero waste. One of the many outcomes of this study is a shortlist of combinations of technologies that could move the City closer to its Zero Waste goals. The technologies and combinations of technologies were assessed according to essential and desirable criteria. Desirable criteria included overall contribution to waste diversion, “good neighbour” potential, economic / social benefits and contribution to a local, circular economy. (Vancouver, BC)


Waste-to-Energy Assessment

Morrison Hershfield was engaged to assess small-scale waste-to-energy (WTE) technologies, long term costs and greenhouse gas emissions for potential facility implementation. A request for information (RFI) was issued to obtain preliminary technical and cost data from WTE vendors. Three vendors were shortlisted for further assessment. Based on information provided by the vendors detailed cost models were prepared to review potential long term costs for the residual waste management system. MH was then brought on to provide a continued review of one of the technologies, established in Nova Scotia. (Courtenay, BC)


Compost Facility Feasibility Study

A feasibility study was conducted to determine technologies, approaches and costs for a new composting facility. It was determined that a compost facility would extend the RDKS landfill’s lifespan considerably while reducing GHG emissions and biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) content in landfill leachate. (Terrace, BC)


Feasibility Studies

Feasibility Studies

In order to justify a significant solid waste project, it is important to identify the economic, operational, environmental and social implications of a potential project as part of a feasibility study. Through these studies Morrison Hershfield often considers economic benefits (costs, revenues, funding opportunities), operational feasibility (available waste management infrastructure, available end-markets for collected materials, staff implications), climate change impacts, fairness and benefits to First Nation and other local communities (e.g., employment opportunities).

Our team assists with evaluating current and future needs for the solid waste project and identifying feasible options for its implementation. Based on our studies, we can provide estimates for capital and operational budgets necessary to sustain your facility.

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Innovative Design for Metro Vancouver's Complex Coquitlam Transfer Station

Posted on Thursday June 13, 2019

Metro Vancouver has a vision to build a sustainable, livable region. Its Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan aims to minimize waste generation, maximize reuse, recycling and recovery material, recover energy from the waste stream.. Read More »

Morrison Hershfield Welcomes Mark Parker to our Alberta Environmental Team

Posted on Wednesday May 30, 2018

Morrison Hershfield is pleased to welcome Mark Parker, P.Eng. as our Waste Sector Lead for the Prairies. He is working out of our Edmonton office... Read More »

Landfill or Waste-to-Energy Technology? CVRD Asks “What is Best for Our Future?”

Posted on Wednesday April 18, 2018

The cost of operating landfills and the environmental concern is causing municipalities to evaluate their approach to waste management. With so many existing and emerging waste technologies, it’s a big job deciding what is the.. Read More »

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