EPR Organizations to Build Recycling Unit in British Columbia

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

April 17, 2014

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EPR Organizations to Build Recycling Unit in British Columbia

An industry-backed partnership will build a $15 million container recycling facility in New Westminster, British Columbia.

Green by Nature EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility), Delta, British Columbia, will manage the sorting and sale of recyclables from the facility on behalf of the Vancouver, British Columbia-based Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC), a non-profit, industry-led and financed paper and packaging recycling organization. Green by Nature also was founded by industry leaders in waste management in Canada, with expertise in the collection, processing and marketing of waste paper and packaging, according to a news release.

The 179,000-sq.-ft. facility is the first of its kind in North America, the firm said. Green by Nature will process about 185,000 metric tons of packaging and printed material, although not all of it will be at the facility.

It also will boost sorting efficiency of recyclable residential plastics under the MMBC program, which will begin service to about 1.25 million households in May. The organizations estimate that about 20 percent of what’s collected under the MMBC program will be residential plastics sorted by the facility.

The organizations expect the facility to be completed in early 2015. It will employ up to 70. Green by Nature has connected with more than 20 subcontractors for recycling.


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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