Canadian government invests $2.6 million in Sustane Technologies

By Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada | August 01, 2017

Canadians will benefit from well-paying jobs and business opportunities created by a Halifax-based company that turns landfill waste into clean-burning fuel, thanks to a $2.6-million investment by the government of Canada.

This investment in Sustane Technologies will support the construction of a new demonstration facility in Chester, about 65 kilometers southwest of Halifax. At this facility, solid waste from landfills will be transformed into recyclable materials as well as high-value fuels that burn cleaner than fossil fuels. The emerging market for products converted from solid waste not only represents a new industry but will also result in less pollution and healthier communities.

The announcement was made July 26 by Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore–St. Margarets, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

This project is being funded through Sustainable Development Technology Canada, which works with Canadian companies to bring early-stage clean technologies to market.

Investments in clean technology are part of the Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

“Landfilling society’s waste generates copious greenhouse gasses and fugitive leachates. It sequesters high-value urban land and is just plain wasteful; however, this is still the default solution worldwide,” said Peter Vinall, president of Sustane Technologies. “Sustane’s new recycling process recovers 90 percent of landfilled materials and transforms them into valuable low carbon biofuels and recyclables. We are grateful for this funding from SDTC, which comes at a critical time and allows us to complete the next-generation facility in Chester, Nova Scotia, that will prove our technologies at large demonstration scale, deliver value to our partners and help us cement Canada’s leadership in this space.”