Facility will create up to 80 new jobs and increase recycling and
recovery of useable material
COQUITLAM, BC, Jan. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Belkorp Environmental Services Inc.
("Belkorp") today announced that it plans to invest approximately $30
million to develop a 260,000 tonne capacity advanced material recovery
and recycling facility in Coquitlam.
The advanced material recovery facility ("MRF") will create up to 80 new
green economy jobs, and ensure that more than 80% of customers'
unsorted waste is diverted from disposal. The proposed facility is to
be built in south Coquitlam, at no cost to municipal residents. It
received support from the Coquitlam Council on January 20, 2014 and is
now pending license approval from Metro Vancouver.
"This is an exciting project for our company and reflects Belkorp's
long-term commitment to sustainable waste management in British
Columbia," said Russ Black, Vice President, Corporate Development,
Belkorp Environmental Services Inc. "With this project we will move
into a new area of waste management, focusing on technologies and
processes which maximize recycling and material recovery, and which
provide new opportunities to local remanufacturers and other members of
the green economy. We have a project design and site in place, and look
forward to continuing our long history of business in the City of
Coquitlam as we implement these proven clean technologies in the lower
"We're all committed in this region to diverting as much of our
recyclables as possible out of the waste stream," said Mayor Richard
Stewart. "This proposal brings advanced waste-separation technologies
that will help the Tri-Cities and Metro Vancouver maintain real
leadership in waste diversion and recycling."
"This technologically-advanced facility will offer a long-term waste
management solution for the region, helping communities maximize the
recycling and reuse of materials, and ensuring we exceed Metro
Vancouver's targets for diverting waste from landfills—at no additional
cost to residents," said Peter Steblin, City Manager for the City of
Coquitlam. "By focusing on the recovery and recycling of material that
enters the waste stream, the facility will also create new jobs in the
local green economy, and continue Coquitlam's reputation as a leader in
environmental sustainability. Advanced material recovery is a proven
model globally, and we are pleased to offer our support to Belkorp on a
project that represents a smart, progressive approach to solid waste
Belkorp's facility will have the capacity to handle approximately 26% of
Metro Vancouver's municipal solid waste, using advanced technology to
'break open the garbage bag' and separate all useable, recyclable and
compostable material from the waste stream and ensure that these
valuable materials are available for use and not sent to incinerators
or landfills. The MRF model is based on proven technology in use in
green jurisdictions around the world, including Europe as well as the
US Pacific Northwest and in California where the world's largest MRF
has been operating successfully since 2012.
Belkorp will be responsible for all construction and operating costs for
the facility to be built on land it owns on United Boulevard south of
Highway 1. The MRF will be the latest development in Belkorp's
long-time commitment to recycling initiatives as it will be built on
land which was originally home to Newstech, a Belkorp company which was
the first newspaper de-inking facility in Western Canada, filling a
vital role in the newspaper recycling process.
The City of Coquitlam and its residents will bear no new or additional
waste management costs or fees as a result of the proposed MRF, and may
realize reduced waste management fees in the future as more waste
material is recycled rather than shipped to incinerator or landfill.
The new, green economy jobs created by the project will involve
long-term, ongoing employment as part of the facility's operation. The
company plans to partner with a not-for-profit agency providing
employment services for at-risk youth and other British Columbians.
The City of Coquitlam has provided a letter of support to Belkorp's
application for a license from Metro Vancouver, the administrative body
responsible for granting licenses for recycling activity within the
regional district. Belkorp expects to submit its license application in
late January. Belkorp expects that the facility would be operational
within two years following receipt of a license from Metro Vancouver.
In addition to the project in Coquitlam, Belkorp is examining potential
opportunities to build another advanced MRF in the Fraser Valley
Regional District ("FVRD"), following the FVRD's release of a draft
solid waste management plan which prioritizes material resource
recovery. These two facilities, combined with another proposed MRF
which has been substantially constructed in the city of Vancouver,
would have the capacity to process more than 600,000 tonnes of
municipal solid waste, dramatically increasing recycling levels and
reuse opportunities across the lower mainland.
Belkorp also owns a landfill in Cache Creek, BC. With its MRF
initiatives, Belkorp is proposing to move into a higher-technology area
of waste management, increase recycling and minimizing residual waste
that according to Metro Vancouver's Integrated Solid Waste and Resource
Management Plan must be landfilled.
Note to editors: Images of the initial design of the proposed facility are available for
download at CNW or by contacting Belkorp Environmental Services Inc.
About Belkorp Environmental Services Inc. and the Belkorp Group Inc.
The Belkorp Group Inc., primarily through Belkorp Environmental Services
Inc., is currently involved in recycling and waste disposal services in
Greater Vancouver and in the Thompson Nicola Regional District, and
actively supports the adoption of a zero waste philosophy in the
province. One of the Belkorp Group's other subsidiary companies is
AtSource Recycling Systems Corporation, a leading supplier of waste and
recycling equipment across Canada, including a large selection of
organic digesters, balers and compactors. The Belkorp Group also
designed and built one of the first cardboard recycling facilities of
its kind in BC, as well as the first newsprint de-inking and recycling
facility in western Canada, owned and operated a used oil recycling
plant in North Vancouver, and was part owner of an organics composting
facility that was eventually bought by the Village of Whistler and
relocated in Whistler.
Image with caption: "Belkorp Environmental Services plans to invest approximately $30 million to advance recycling and create up to 80 new jobs by building an advanced material recovery and recycling facility in Coquitlam. Advanced material recovery is a proven model for waste management, and Belkorp's facility has the support of the City of Coquitlam. (CNW Group/Belkorp Environmental Services Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140120_C9863_PHOTO_EN_35709.jpg
SOURCE: Belkorp Environmental Services Inc.
For further information:
Nancy Grenier, Belkorp Environmental Services Inc.
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