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Surrey Biofuel Plant To Be Canada's Biggest

09/20/2012 05:43 EDT | Updated 11/20/2012 05:12 EST
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TELTOW, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 13: The photographer holds an ear of corn he found on the ground next to a corn field during harvest on September 13, 2012 near Teltow, Germany. The annual corn harvest is underway in the German state of Brandenburg, where corn is widely planted and used for animal feed as well as the produciton of biofuels. Analysts recently predicted that German corn farmers are likely to benefit from global warming, as higher temperatures will mean an earlier planting season. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
SURREY, B.C. - The largest organics biofuel facility in Canada will be built in Surrey, B.C., as a way to divert waste from the landfill and turn it into natural gas.

Mayor Dianne Watts says about a quarter of the facility's project costs will come from the federal government and that a private partner will be chosen to design, build and operate it by 2015.

The mayor says Surrey collects waste from about 100,000 homes and that about 65 per cent of its residential garbage includes organics from commercial kitchen and yard waste.

City spokeswoman Tara Foslien says that ev entually, Surrey aims to be home to North America's only fully integrated organics waste management system.

It involves organic waste being picked up by a fleet of trucks that transport it to the biofuel facility, where waste will be processed into fuel to power the trucks.

Construction of the facility is expected to start next year.