CALGARY, Dec. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - BFI Canada held the official opening of
its new Waste Handling and Material Recovery Facility in Rocky View
"This new 122,000 square foot facility is the latest example of our
commitment to environmental stewardship and resource recovery, and we
are making large investments into new infrastructure to back up that
commitment," said Joe Rajotte, Vice President Western Canada. "This new
facility in Rocky View County will allow BFI Canada to handle more
types of recyclable commodities in a more cost efficient manner."
The Honourable Diana McQueen, Minister of Environment and Sustainable
Resource Development was in attendance, to make remarks and to
officially open the facility. Joining Minister McQueen was His Worship
Rolly Ashdown, Reeve, Rocky View County, and Sharon Howland, President,
Recycling Council of Alberta.
"This facility supports the province's Too Good to Waste Strategy and will be an important part of the waste diversion and resource
recovery infrastructure in southern Alberta," said Minister McQueen.
The modern facility is designed to be highly adaptable in order to
accommodate continued changes in the material stream. It was also built
with significant extra capacity in anticipation of processing
additional volume in the near future.
"This facility was built to handle today's needs, but it is ready for
tomorrow's demands. We are looking for more opportunities and
additional materials to recycle," said Rajotte. "BFI Canada's diversion
rate has increased tremendously over the last 10 years; we have
increased our front load recycle collection by 500 per cent. We are
proud of that accomplishment and BFI Canada will continue to invest in
diversion and resource recovery to meet southern Alberta's growing
BFI Canada's Waste Handling and Material Recovery Facility
Rocky View County
The new Rocky View County Waste Handling and Material Recovery Facility
is one of three operated in Alberta by BFI Canada with the other two in
Edmonton and Lethbridge.
At the present time this new facility will process on average
approximately 32,000 tonnes of materials annually, with the capacity to
expand to 80,000 tonnes. The facility was designed to be adaptable to
meet future changes in the waste stream and to have additional capacity
to accommodate the growing needs of southern Alberta.
Materials currently being processed:
All fibre including cardboard, newspaper, magazines, and office paper
All film and soft plastics
All hard plastics
All beverage containers and returnables
The new BFI Canada facility in Rocky View County is approximately
122,000 square feet and will have 105 fulltime employees. BFI Canada
has 393 employees in Alberta.
The facility is equipped with new OCC shaker screens that separate
cardboard and fibre and a new Enterprise Baler, both of which will
improve process productivity and increase capacity.
Commodities are sold to markets to be further processed, including
markets in the United States and China.
This is the most recent investment that BFI Canada has made into waste
diversion and resource recovery projects, demonstrating its commitment
to the environment. BFI Canada is a Progressive Waste Solutions
company, the third largest waste company in North America,
headquartered in Toronto.
Progressive Waste Solutions continues to invest in waste diversion. As
an example, we have partnered with the City of Surrey in British
Columbia to conduct residential waste, recycling and organics
collection using Compressed Natural Gas vehicles. These trucks will
emit 23 per cent less carbon emissions and 90 per cent less air
SOURCE: BFI Canada
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