A $15 million container recycling facility slated for BC

A $15 million container recycling facility slated for BC

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

April 25, 2014

British Columbia will be getting a new residential packaging and printed paper recycling center to help the province transition to an extended producer responsibility way of life.

The $15 million packaging and printed paper (PPP) facility will be built in New Westminster and sort and sell recyclables on behalf of Multi-Material BC (MMBC), the group responsible for the province-wide rollout of a producer-led system for residential collection of recyclables.

The province's extended producer responsibility (EPR) program is set to begin May 19 and serve about 1.25 million households.

The PPP center will be run by Green by Nature, an organization picked by MMBC after a bidding process to handle PPP obligations under the new program. MMBC has mandated the effort achieve a 75 percent recycling rate for PPP. Green by Nature was created from investments from three large partners — Cascades Recovery, Emterra Environmental and Merlin Plastics — and will subcontract with about 20 companies to aid in collection and recovery activities.

The new facility will be 179,000-square-feet, and MMBC anticipates it will be up and running by "early next year." Up to 70 people will be employed at the new plant, which will attempt to process more than 200,000 tons of PPP annually.

Not everyone is thrilled about the construction plans. In the wake of the facility announcement, some New Westminster officials expressed worry the influx of trucks headed to the plant would make a big impact on local traffic and could harm some retail businesses.

 

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