Federal grant will ‘green’ Metro Vancouver’s Lulu Island Wastewater Treatment Plant in Richmond

Coined the "B.C. Bioenergy to Biogas Project," innovative, locally-developed technology will allow the plant to more efficiently convert its wastewater by-product into biogas. "We see this as a big step toward meeting our goals of sustainable energy, reduced emissions and improved air quality as expressed in our Sustainability Framework," said Metro Vancouver Chair Lois Jackson. "We're hoping to make this a sustainability showcase for wastewater treatment plants worldwide."

Oregon Wastewater Treatment Plant First in the United States to Recycle Nutrients Into ‘Green’ Commercial Fertilizer


The Durham Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Tigard, Oregon is the first facility in the United States to implement technology developed at the University of British Columbia to recycle nutrients into 'green' commercial fertilizer. “It has taken almost 10 years for my research team to realize this dream – a full scale, sustainable nutrient recovery system in place," stated Dr. Don Mavinic.

Nutrient Recovery: Creating Value from Waste at Metro Vancouver’s Lulu Island Sewage Treatment Plant


To demonstrate the potential for sustainable wastewater treatment solutions, UBC researchers have developed the technology to capture phosphorus and ammonia from high concentration streams and recycle them into environmentally safe fertilizer. "The UBC research effort has been all about producing a sustainable and marketable fertilizer; and we have succeeded! We have demonstrated that we can produce a slow-release and non-burning fertilizer from sewage," stated Dr. Don Mavinic.