Material Management & Beneficial Reuse

Organic Waste Management & Composting

Moved by the earth

We believe organic waste can and should be processed to produce compost and topsoil products. We can contribute to building a more sustainable future and a better waste management option for our clients. Compost and topsoil - crucial for greening our cities - contribute to people’s well-being every day!

Composting requires a specialized understanding of the specific physical, chemical and agronomic characteristics of each residual material.

Our experts monitor operations to ensure that the creation of products that are certified meet civil works standards and specifications, and have all the desired qualities for their use in landscaping. 

 

Englobe has been using static pile composting at its facilities since 1979. Composting is a natural process where organic matter decomposes as a result of micro-organism activity in the presence of oxygen and water. Composting happens in two phases. In the first phase, very high temperatures break down the matter. In the second phase, low temperatures stabilize it. Processing continues until the criteria established by BNQ (BNQ 0413-200/2016 certification) and MELCC are met. 

 

Englobe’s extensive network of receiving sites and end-users enables us to reclaim over 400,000 tonnes/year of municipal biosolids, pulp and paper sludge, and tailings. Our composting sites produce over 100,000 tonnes/year of quality compost and topsoil for use by horticultural, municipal and commercial clients. Treating Fertilizing Residual Materials (FRMs) through composting is an integral part of the solutions we offer our clients.

40+
years

We have been regenerating organic waste to beautify our living environments since 1979.

3
treatment centres

Our connected network has three treatment centres in North America.

300,000+
tonnes

diverted from landfills in 2020.

400,000+
tonne/year

of municipal biosolids, pulp and paper sludge, and tailings reclaimed every year.

Organic waste and the carbon cycle

The processing and recycling of organic waste in all its form – from food waste, leaves and yard debris to biosolids, wood waste and pulp and paper mill residues, is an essential step in carbon cycling. 

This process is a key element in the organics circular economy. In this model, food from farms and paper/wood from forests are used, collected and then returned to the earth, where they help regenerate the soil and enhance soil organic carbon (SOC) levels. This carbon cycling also enables the cycling of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, essential, valuable nutrients whose traditional production would generate significant greenhouse gas emissions. 

Moreover, the use of these organic fertilizers is an important best practice in managing agricultural lands, as they help trap carbon in the soils and keep these soils healthy.

The farmland that produce our food benefit from the nutrients and the carbon content of the residuals waste that we manage. 

We take pride in being the connection between the generators of a residual waste and the farmer that return it to the ground. We ensure that every step is done correctly so that the farm and the soil get all the benefits of this circular economy of organics. 

 

Why composting matters

In a similar vein, composting is a well-understood, ubiquitous practice to help protect our environment. When we compost, we divert organic waste from landfills and bypass possible incineration. Instead, the composted material becomes a key resource and serve as soil enhancers and fertilizers, a component in growing media, and an ingredient in many topsoil and earth blend products.

Moreover, composting is considered one of the most efficient organic waste management options available. It not only fully reclaims materials, but can even create value-added products without restricting their reuse. 

Composting requires a specialized understanding of the specific physical, chemical, and agronomic characteristics of each residual material. As a pioneer in the business of composting, Englobe helps beautify our living environments by transforming organic waste - produced by our communities and historically diverted to landfills - into compost. 

For over 40 years, we have provided comprehensive waste management services to municipalities as well as industries, businesses, and institutions - from acceptance to by-product traceability to reclamation. Our experts monitor operations to ensure that the certified products we create meet civil works and horticultural standards and specifications, and have all the desired qualities for use in landscaping.

Our composting operations comply with all applicable rules and legislation in every country and region where we operate. They are also respectful of local communities, thanks to a model based on transparency and communication that involves stakeholders in any issues that might arise.

 

40+
years of experience
3
composting facilities
170,000+
tonnes of compost produced in 2021
470 000+
tonnes of organic wastes transformed in 2021
Fields of Expertise

Englobe has gained unique expertise by operating multiple organic waste treatment centres and land applying millions of tonnes of organic waste. To share this unmatched expertise, we have developed an IT platform that serves our clients’ operational needs by tracing organic waste materials from collection to final reuse. Every step is tracked, documented, and validated throughout the organic waste management and treatment process.

 

The Englobe team’s professionalism and expertise in this field should reassure you that your organic waste will be handled properly. To us, complying with the highest applicable standards is non negotiable. In fact, we’re proud to collaborate in implementing new and increasingly stringent regulations to protect our environment. It’s the right thing to do.

 

Englobe’s extensive network of receiving sites and end-users enables us to reclaim over 400,000 tonnes/year of municipal biosolids, pulp and paper sludge, and other organic and inorganics residuals waste. 

We also manage Fertilizing Residual Materials (FRMs) intended for the agriculture sector – from generators to end users - and protect their value by finding opportunities for appropriate reuse.

Our composting sites produce over 100,000 tonnes/year of quality compost and topsoil for use by horticultural, municipal, and commercial clients. 

 

Services offered

  • Turnkey or customized services, which include assessing producer and end-user needs, and finding win-win solutions
  • Certified waste sampling
  • Waste material characterization
  • Engineered application of proposed solutions
  • Full waste transport coordination and management services
  • Crop fertilization, pH correction, soil structure improvement
  • Agronomic services (agri-environmental recycling plan, certificate of authorization, agronomic recommendations, etc.)
  • Technical support for end-user clients (delivery tracking, calibration, and application monitoring)
  • Development of revegetation plans for degraded sites (sandpits, quarries, mines, landfills, industrial sites, etc.)
  • Composting site setup and operation
  • Production and sale of compost and topsoil made at composting sites
  • Collaboration and coordination with government and municipal departments to meet regulatory requirements and obtain all required permits

Transforming organic waste into agricultural fertilizers and liming products also offers many benefits to producers, the main users of these materials. It helps improve the agronomic properties of soils, fertilizes crops, and is a more sustainable and cost-efficient practice than purchasing conventional additives and amendments.

Our expertise in this area means we can deliver high-quality, sustainable, responsibly-produced, and cost-effective fertilizing and liming products that are fully traceable – from pick-up to drop-off.

 

Services offered

  • Choice of method to recycle compliant materials
  • Recycling stream research and development
  • Administrative steps to obtain required project notices
  • Accredited sampling campaigns
  • Analysis monitoring
  • Coordination of material transport and delivery
  • Identification of recycling sites
  • Drafting of agri-environmental recycling plans (PAERs)
  • Customer service
  • Crop monitoring

Topsoil and compost are crucial to greening our cities for the benefit of those who live there. They are also critical components in sustainable agriculture operations, landscaping businesses, and many other sectors. 

Biomass (or composting) treatment centres are a pragmatic, cost-efficient way to divert organic waste (green residue, table scraps, sewage treatment sludge, agri-food waste, etc.) from landfill. At our centres, this waste is managed, treated and transformed into compost, a product with a broad range of applications and reuse potential. 

Our Englobe team has developed a diverse range of environmentally-friendly, sustainable compost and topsoil products. This innovation is driven by our desire to avoid depleting our precious natural resources, and finding ways to not only divert this type of waste from landfill, but also put it to beneficial reuse. We believe that by doing so, we’re helping our communities, our environment, and the planet itself!

 

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Take advantage of our turnkey or customized service, 24/7 technical support and all-around expertise.

Processing organic waste goes well beyond diverting it from the landfill. It’s about believing that recycling and reusing materials in a smart and eco-responsible way is essential and beneficial.
Serge Loubier, Director, Business Development and New Products

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