The City of Swift Current is studying the idea of gasifying their cardboard instead of having it shipped for processing.
The feasibility of the project is being monitored by the Saskatchewan Resource Council.
Engineer Erica Emery said many larger centres use gasification to produce heat, energy and soil conditioner while keeping shipping trucks off the road reduces green-house gasses.
Emery points out the equipment is expensive and the amount of by-product Swift Current generates may not make the process cost efficient.
They are sending the cardboard to a gasifer manufacturer to find that out.
Meanwhile Saskatoon is considering several options to divert garbage from the landfill, including a “Pay as you Throw” plan and separate green bins for food and yard waste.