Waste Management of Canada launches largest state-of-the-art recycling centre in Ontario

Waste Management of Canada launches largest state-of-the-art recycling centre 
in Ontario 
New single-stream recycling facility to process up to 550,000 tonnes of 
material per year from Southwestern Ontario and will increase diversion 
CAMBRIDGE, ON, Nov. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Waste Management of Canada today unveiled 
the largest licensed private-sector recycling facility in Ontario to date at 
an official opening attended by a number of dignitaries from all levels of 
The 126,000-square-foot plant uses a state-of-the-art, single-stream recycling 
process, and will accept both industrial and municipal waste, with a 
significant focus on businesses. Up until this point, Ontario businesses 
have not had access to high-quality single-stream recycling services, 
resulting in a much lower waste diversion rate than residential sources. This 
new facility will offer more convenient and more cost-effective recycling 
solutions for businesses within the service area. A single-stream process 
eliminates the need for businesses to separate plastics, metals and papers 
prior to collection and is expected to greatly improve participation by 
businesses, and in particular restaurants, in recycling. 
Waste Management of Canada's new Cambridge plant is equipped with the latest 
technology and processes not found in older recycling centres. Through the 
use of state-of-the-art equipment that includes a paper magnet, optical 
sorter, electro-magnetic technology and various screen sorters, the facility 
will be able to accept more waste than traditional facilities and sort 
materials more precisely, enhancing the amount recovered for reuse. This 
improved recycling process supports Ontario's landfill diversion goals and 
extracts more value from the waste coming into the plant. 
"This new, state-of-the-art, single-stream recycling facility is the first of 
its kind for Waste Management of Canada," said Brad Muter, Area Vice President 
for Eastern Canada at Waste Management. "Our goal was to target business 
customers in particular because they do not have as many recycling options as 
residential consumers. One of the biggest advantages of the single-stream 
process is the convenience it grants to the customer. Material separation 
and decisions about what goes in and what stays out are no longer required. 
Customers can send all their materials together." 
The Cambridge facility kicked off its official opening with a ceremonial "blue 
box tipping" onto the plant's line by special guests Gary Goodyear, federal 
Minister of State for Science & Technology, and Doug Craig, Mayor of 
Cambridge. Also attending the official opening were a number of area 
dignitaries including Councillors Gary Price, Karl Kiefer, Donna Reid, Dan 
Glenn Graham, Nicholas Ermata, Bob Bell and Cam Guthrie. 
The facility has created approximately 80 new jobs, as well as indirect 
economic benefits for both the local Cambridge economy and the wider Ontario 
economy. Waste collected for the facility will come principally from 
Southwestern Ontario, ranging from Niagara to Barrie, and Sarnia to Oshawa. 
Ontario Environment Minister Jim Bradley voiced his support for the enhanced 
recycling opportunities the facility offers customers. "The new plant has the 
potential to dramatically increase diversion of waste to economic uses rather 
than taking up landfill space. It is also creating new green jobs." 
"Waste Management is proud to be investing in the Cambridge community," said 
Muter, "and also proud of its role in helping to increase waste diversion and 
support sustainability goals in Ontario. This new facility reinforces Waste 
Management's position as a leader in innovation in our industry." 
Waste Management of Canada is the leading provider of comprehensive waste 
management services, offering advanced residential, commercial and industrial 
collection, recycling and disposal services throughout Canada. 
Waste Management of Canada employs 3,400 people at 116 operating locations in 
nine provinces, servicing over 4.5 million residential customers and 170,000 
industrial and commercial customers. Waste Management of Canada owns and/or 
operates 20 recycling recovery facilities and 18 landfills. 
A subsidiary of Waste Management Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, the 
company is backed by the knowledge, experience, and resources of North 
America's largest environmental services organization. To learn more 
information about Waste Management, visit www.wmcanada.com. 
Patricia Best, Cohn & Wolfe 416-258-3783 patricia.best@cohnwolfe.ca 
Image with caption: "Brad Muter, Area Vice-President for Eastern Canada at 
Waste Management, along with Gary Goodyear, federal Minister of State for 
Science & Technology, and Doug Craig, Mayor of Cambridge, kick-off the 
official opening of the largest licensed private-sector recycling facility in 
Ontario with a ceremonial blue-box tipping. The Cambridge facility employs a 
state-of-the-art single-stream recycling process, with a focus on waste 
diversion from businesses. (CNW Group/Waste Management, Inc.)". Image 
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