Cardboard Heating Pellets

Main Project Contact:
Matthew Dares

Project Start Date:
December 2017

Project End Date:
March 2019

Project Name:
Creating Heat from Waste: Landfill Destined Cardboard as a Raw Material for Heating Pellets

ARI Team:
Patrick Gall

The purpose of this project is to investigate the use of locally diverted waste cardboard to produce fuel pellets in Inuvik, NT. The remote location of Inuvik means that residents and businesses rely heavily on fossil fuels transported up the Dempster highway by truck.


Investigate the use of locally sourced waste cardboard to produce fuel pellets through

  1. Technical analysis
  2. Economic analysis
  3. Environmental analysis

Inuvik, NT


Literature review, interviews with community businesses and organizations, materials analysis, and environmental assessments (life cycle assessment, cost/benefit analysis) were undertaken during this project.


Preparation December 2017 - June 2018
Pellet machine arrives March 2018
First pellets produced April 2018
Testing April 2018 - Ongoing
Being operation May 2018
Send pellets to UBC for testing, batch 1 May 2018
Send pellets to UBC for testing, batch 2 June 2018
Cardboard burning data collection October 2018 - March 2019














External Partners:

Inuvik Regional Hospital
Stanton's Distributing
Town of Inuvik
Arctic Energy Alliance
GNWT - Energy

Bioenergy, cardboard, waste diversion, heating, pellets

Additional Documents:
Pre-feasibility study

Start Date: 
Friday, December 1, 2017