Anaerobic Digesters have been gaining popularity in North America over recent years because they offer an economically and environmentally sound alternative to traditional bio-waste disposal practices with the added benefit of being a source of renewable energy. Anaerobic Digestion (AD) refers to a process by which biodegradable materials (such as animal farm waste, fish waste, green bin and other food waste) are broken down by microorganisms in the absence of oxygen. This process yields multiple useful products, the most notable being a nutrient-rich digestate that can be used as fertilizer, and biogas, a gaseous mixture mostly composed of methane and carbon dioxide. This biogas can then be used as fuel for electricity generation.
In March of 2020, Scotia Gardens Seafood Inc. purchased the site of the AD System in Weaver Settlement.
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The Municipality is currently working with Scotia Gardens Seafood Inc. on a project that will take biogas produced from the digester and use it to generate electricity. This electricity will be used locally on-site and also to the local grid.