Waste Management of Canada launches largest state-of-the-art recycling centre
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."
ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT
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 email@example.com
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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