Plant will divert more than 87,000 tonnes from landfill each year
Waste Management also launches its DART tool that will support
contractors and developers in measuring their C&D waste diversion
performance and in applying for LEED® certification
TORONTO, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Waste Management (WM) today announced that it will establish the most technologically
advanced facility in Toronto dedicated to processing waste materials
from building construction and demolition (C&D) sites.
Scheduled to be in operation this Fall, the plant which was acquired in late
2011 will undergo extensive upgrades. The total investment is expected
to be $16 million, and 20 new full-time jobs will be created at the
The semi-automated single stream recycling plant will process an
estimated 87,000 tonnes of C&D material in its first full year. As the
facility will be equipped to sort waste materials, contractors and
developers will no longer have to separate at source, and this will
result in increased recovery rates.
Located south of the QEW at New Toronto Street, the facility will serve
western Toronto and the southern parts of Peel Region. Brad Muter, WM's
Vice President for Eastern Canada, noted that the site was selected
"because continued strong construction activity and population growth
are anticipated in Toronto."
The C&D facility will support local and provincial government efforts to
divert these materials from landfill.
"That's a vision we share," Muter noted. "Today, we manage waste for its
resource potential." The new C&D facility will allow WM to mine these
materials for their valuable recyclable content. One of WM's
sustainability goals is to triple the volume of recyclable materials
being processed by 2020.
In addition, the company has launched an online tool that will help
building planners, contractors, architects and owners measure their C&D
recycling, tabulate total diversion rates and provide documentation to
support LEED® certification.
The Diversion and Recycling Tracking tool (DART) is available across the US and Canada, operates online and is
accessible 24-hours a day.
At every construction site, builders have an opportunity to divert a
variety of C&D materials, such as wood, rock, metal, cardboard,
plastic, shingles, concrete, fiberboard and paneling. With so many
substances to manage, calculating total diversion has traditionally
been a time-consuming process. DART technology makes it easy to measure
and improve performance.
"With the DART tool, contractors and architects can really zero in on
what they are diverting and where there is opportunity to improve. We
are not just tracking performance for the present, but also setting
benchmarks to be surpassed in the future," Muter explained.
For more information about the DART tool, visit www.wm.com/DART.
ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT
Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider
of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through
its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling
and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also one of the
largest residential recyclers and a leading developer, operator and
owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in North
America. The company's customers include residential, commercial,
industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn
more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.
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