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In progress City project

Dog Waste Energy Pilot Program

A one-year pilot program that converts dog waste into renewable energy and fertilizer.

Overview

Tall green waste bin for dog waste onlyThe City of Mississauga has launched a one-year pilot program that converts dog waste into renewable energy and fertilizer. A number of in-ground dog waste containers will be installed across City parks including the Animal Services facility.

Container locations

The first containers were recently installed in the following parks:

  • Churchill Meadows Community Common at 3370 McDowell Dr
  • Community Common Park at 355 Princess Royal Dr
  • Jack Darling Memorial Park at1180 Lakeshore Rd W
  • Lake Aquitaine Park at 2750 Aquitaine Ave
  • Lakeside Park Leash-Free Zone at 2268 Lakeshore Rd W
  • Quenippenon Meadows Leash-Free Zone at 5220 Erin Mills Pkwy
  • Totoredaca Park Leash-Free Zone at 2715 Meadowvale Blvd

City staff collaborated with Sutera Inc., to design a fully in-ground concrete container that holds dog waste for up to six weeks. Storing the waste below ground where it is cooler and out of direct sunlight reduces odour and means that the waste can be collected when the container is full. The waste will be emptied by a vacuum truck and taken to an organic waste plant where it will be safely converted into energy and fertilizer.

How to use the containers

  • Place your dog’s bagged waste into the slot on the container. Do not place anything other than bagged dog waste into the container.
  • The City’s contractor Sutera, Inc. will frequently empty the container and transport the contents to its energy production facility
  • The dog waste will be transformed into renewable energy as electricity and fertilizer

How much dog waste the City expects to collect

  • Collect 60 metric tonnes of dog waste annually—that’s equal to the weight of 11 full grown elephants.
  • Collect approximately 60 per cent of uncontaminated mixed-recyclable material—this will go towards the Region of Peel’s goal of 75 per cent waste diversion.