Green is the Colour of Growth - Maple Reinders Group Marks 40 Years of Environmental Construction

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - Worldwide, the past few years have seen
increased demand for sustainability and environmentally responsible design and
construction practices. The Maple Reinders Group, with offices in Mississauga,
Cambridge, Calgary, Edmonton and Kelowna, has not only kept pace with this
demand, but has also provided inroads for innovative European environmental
technology for implementation in Canada.
    Celebrating a major milestone this year, for 40 years the Group has been
involved in the construction of industrial, commercial, and institutional
buildings, and over 400 water and wastewater treatment facilities. Since its
inception in 1967, Maple Reinders has experienced substantial growth, forging
new paths in environmental work and Design/Build/Operate project delivery
    The founder of the Maple Reinders Group, Frederik J. Reinders, originally
hails from the Netherlands. His ties with prominent European organizations
have endured to this day and have paved the way to explore various
partnerships with environmental technology providers in Europe, who are
typically seen to be about 15 years ahead of North America.
    The firm began exploring partnerships with compost specialists from the
Netherlands - a country renowned for its pioneering efforts in environmental
strategies - when Maple Reinders saw a need arising for sustainable treatment
of sewage sludge. The experience gained with sludge composting was
subsequently applied to the treatment of organic solid waste for
municipalities. Maple Reinders has, to date, completed several award-winning
in-tunnel composting projects for municipalities such as the City of Hamilton,
Region of Peel and Cape Breton Regional Municipality; where up to 60% of
municipal solid waste is diverted from landfills.
    The Group also constructed the first energy-from-waste facility in
Ontario for the Region of Peel in 1992. Often a political "hot potato" due to
misconceptions about emissions, modern incinerators reduce the volume of the
original waste by up to 95%, depending upon composition and degree of recovery
of materials such as metals from the ash for recycling. The Peel
Energy-from-Waste facility processes 160,000 tonnes of waste per year and
generates up to 9 megawatts of electricity.
    Further environmental opportunities with potential European partners have
opened up regarding anaerobic digestion; which is used to treat many
biodegradable wastes including sewage, industrial effluents, farm waste and
the organic component of municipal solid waste. This process (which has a long
history dating back to the 10th century B.C.), generates exciting
possibilities, including the production of biogas, which can be converted to
heat, electricity or even used to fuel vehicles.
    Maple Reinders is additionally an advocate of sustainable building
construction, investing in training for LEED (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) accreditation. Governed by the Canada Green Building
Council, LEED is considered the definitive guideline for green building
practices and principles and addresses challenges such as sustainable sites,
water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor
environmental quality.

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