The background:

Who are we?

G-M Pearson is an Alberta-based, family-run business. We’ve provided safe and secure waste management services for more than 30 years. G-M Pearson transports and disposes biomedical waste from hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, nursing homes, veterinary clinics, businesses and from the public.  

Why is this service required?

Alberta generates a lot of waste that is best processed via thermal treatment (incineration). A large part of this waste stream is biomedical waste generated by hospitals, medical clinics, continuing care facilities, and other health care facilities.  Other wastes include non-hazardous industrial, non-hazardous oilfield materials, as well as pharmaceutical waste.  In some cases, incineration is the only acceptable treatment.

Why G-M Pearson?

G-M Pearson operates a number of facilities for the transportation and treatment of biomedical waste, and other non-hazardous waste. G-M Pearson operated an incinerator which treated this type of waste for 18 years prior to it being shutdown (outdated technology), and demolished.

These facilities co-exist and are integrated into the communities they operate in. The company recognizes the importance of employing people from the community and the importance of selecting technology, training employees, and interacting with the community. This leads to transparency and provides confidence to the community that the facility is being operated safely and within parameters required by provincial and federal regulations.

The facility:

The facility we’re proposing will be designed to thermally treat approximately 8,000 tonnes per year of biomedical and other non-hazardous waste. The incineration unit will be a Pyrotec R1000 Thermal Plant, designed and manufactured by Addfield Environmental Systems Ltd. of the United Kingdom. They are international leaders in delivering incineration solutions.

The facility incorporates an R1000 rotary kiln, which is comprised of: a waste charging system; an inlet vestibule; primary and secondary combustion chambers; an outlet vestibule; and a flue gas treatment system.

Click the images below to see what kind of components and technology goes into a thermal treatment like the one we’re proposing to build:

The site:

Optimal land size for plant is 5 acres, with ready access to highway for 53 ft tractor/trailer trucks. Utility requirements include potable water, process water, sanitary waste, natural gas and electricity.

The approvals process:

To receive municipal approval to operate this facility, there are two steps we’ll be working through:

° The first step involves determination of need for rezoning of property to allow for this type of development. Where rezoning is required, it will require passing of a by law, prior to undertaking the second step listed below.

° The second step involves the municipality’s development permit process.

If approved by municipal regulators, G-M Pearson will then be required to submit further applications to the provincial regulator, Alberta Environment and Parks. This is a comprehensive process that will review and consider a number of environmental and human health factors.