The Toronto Zoo is expected to have Canada’s first zoo-based biogas plant thanks to Oshawa Power and ZooShare. The Toronto Zoo generates over 3,000 tonnes of excrement every year.
This Solution will recycle manure from the zoo, diverting it away from landfills, and turn it into electricity. The biogas plant will use bacteria to break down animal waste, as well as other organic waste, and produce methane gas in an oxygen-free environment.
The hope is that the facility will offset one-third of the zoo’s electrical needs and give power to around 500 homes.The leftover waste will be processed and reused as fertilizer, meaning that the biogas plant will be 100% waste-free.