Canadian Construction Association Presents Environmental Achievement Award to Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd.



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 13 /CNW/ - The Canadian Construction Association
(CCA) on March 9th presented the CCA Environmental Achievement Award to Maple
Reinders Constructors Ltd. of Mississauga, Ontario for their ground-breaking
Hamilton Centralized Compost Facility project. The award was presented as part
of the National awards breakfast held during CCA's 89th Annual conference held
at the Westin Rio Mar in Puerto Rico.
    The Environmental Achievement Award is presented to a member firm who has
demonstrated excellence in pursuing environmental actions or innovations
within the Canadian construction industry. Given the heightened importance
that Canadians have put on environmental issues, this award is an example of
the increased environmental stewardship that the industry is pursuing.
    "The Canadian Construction Association is pleased to recognize Maple
Reinders with the highest honour it can bestow upon a company for
environmental leadership," stated Alfonso Argento, outgoing Chairman of the
Canadian Construction Association. "By winning this award twice in the past
three years, Maple Reinders has set itself apart as a leader within the
construction industry for its commitment to preserving and enhancing the
natural environment."
    The $30.7 million Central Composting Facility (CCF), completed by Maple
Reinders in June 2006, is capable of processing 60,000 tonnes of organic waste
per year - about one-third of Hamilton's residential waste stream. Since
start-up in May 2006, the Hamilton CCF has become a model operation, visited
by representatives of municipalities from North America, Europe, Asia and
Africa; all seeking comparable solutions for their waste management
programmes. Built on reclaimed industrial land and using a closed system that
recycles water and contains odours through a 12,000 m(3) biofilter, this
facility is a model of environmental achievement.
    "Recognizing that landfill space is limited, Hamilton City Council
adopted a Solid Waste Management Master Plan to achieve an aggressive goal of
65% waste diversion from landfill by the end of 2008," says Craig Murdoch,
Manager of Waste Disposal for the City of Hamilton's Public Works Department.
The construction and operation of the CCF is a key component of the Master
Plan and is recognized as integral to the municipality's success in meeting
its waste diversion target.
    "We were pleased to be selected for this leading-edge project," notes
John Haanstra, Vice President (Environmental) of Maple Reinders. "Our
understanding that we were not constructing a simple building, but a living
machine, permeated every aspect of the project."
    This is the second time in three years that Maple's work as leaders in
environmental design is being recognized on a national level. In 2005, Maple
Reinders was acclaimed with the same award for its wastewater treatment
project in Jasper, Alberta. The prestigious award identifies, encourages and
promotes technologies, products, designs and construction practices, which
serve to protect or improve the environment.

    Photos enclosed.
    Photo credits: Jon Evans, Banko Photographic Ltd.

    
                                 BACKGROUNDER
    

    Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. Leads the Way in Environmental Design

    With the critical state of the environment as one of the hottest global
issues, sustainable waste management has taken a front seat on many municipal
agendas. In 2003, the Province of Ontario declared a goal for municipalities
to divert 60% of their waste from landfills by 2010. Government agencies
across Canada are now looking to the private sector to provide viable
long-term waste solutions.
    In North America, the typical method of waste disposal has been sanitary
landfills where the waste is spread, compacted, and covered with soil each
day. When a particular cell is full, it is sealed. Anaerobic conditions are
caused and the organic materials in the waste are broken down by bacteria into
carbon dioxide and methane. The emissions of methane from the landfill present
both a safety hazard near the site and a substantial contribution to the
greenhouse effect.
    Having been involved in the construction of wastewater treatment
facilities for 40 years, Maple Reinders saw a need arising, particularly in
Western Canada, for sustainable treatment of sewage sludge. After some
investigation, the firm identified composting as the most viable option. The
experience gained with sludge composting was subsequently applied to the
treatment of organic solid waste. The firm began exploring partnerships with
compost specialists from the Netherlands, a country renowned for its
pioneering efforts in environmental strategies.
    Composting operations often generate high levels of offensive odours.
Most municipalities compost in exposed open windrows comprised of organic
materials that are regularly turned over. This method not only consumes large
areas of land, but also creates huge potential for odour problems for
neighboring residents. Maple Reinders' unique compost process is fully
enclosed in a series of sealed concrete tunnels; mitigating issues such as
odour, corrosion and year-round operational capability.
    Supported by its Dutch partners, Maple Reinders first introduced a
state-of-the-art in-vessel compost process to Canada for municipal wastewater
biosolids composting. Later, these small-scale successes paved the way for
much larger residential source-separated organics processing projects,
including the City of Hamilton Central Composting Facility, Region of Peel
Compost Facility and Cape Breton Regional Municipality Compost Facility.
    Organics composting is a major part of Hamilton's Master Plan for waste
diversion. The in-vessel system allows the operator to control all parameters
of the compost cycle: heat, moisture and oxygen within fully enclosed concrete
tunnels. Due to this high level of control, the organic waste breaks down much
quicker than it would on its own or in a landfill. This facility is expected
to process approximately one third of Hamilton's residential waste. The
Hamilton Central Composting Facility is capable of producing Canadian Council
of Ministers of the Environment Class "A" compost, ready for market, in about
two months.





For further information:

For further information: Ms. Barbara Kerkhof, Tel: (905) 821-4844, Fax:
(905) 821-4822, E-mail: barbarak@maple.ca, Website: www.maple.ca


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