NextUse Recycling Ltd. has applied to Metro Vancouver for a license to build and operate a $30-million material recycling facility that would create up to 80 new green jobs.
The Belkorp group company is supported by the City of Coquitlam, which has endorsed the NextUse project as a “smart, progressive approach to waste management” that and would have the capacity to handle approximately 26 per cent of Metro Vancouver's municipal solid waste.
“The material recovery concept aligns with Metro Vancouver's provincially-approved waste management plan, and the proposed facility would deliver a host of economic and environmental benefits to the region,” said Russ Black, VP of Corporate Development for NextUse, in a statement. “For these reasons we look forward to a timely and favourable review by Metro Vancouver,” he added.
In the February 17, 2014 statement to media, Nextuse says it will use advanced technology to “break open the garbage bag” and recover useable, recyclable and compostable material from the waste stream. Those valuable materials are available for use and not sent to disposal, whether incinerators or landfills.
NextUse expects the facility to be operational within two years following receipt of a license from Metro Vancouver.
In addition to the project in Coquitlam, NextUse is examining potential opportunities to build another MRF in the Fraser Valley Regional District. These two facilities, combined with another proposed MRF which is nearing completion in the City of Vancouver, would have the capacity to process more than 600,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste.
Coquitlam Project Details:
- NextUse's project was unanimously endorsed by the City of Coquitlam Council on January 20, 2014.
- NextUse will be responsible for all construction, land and operating costs for the MRF, and the City of Coquitlam and its residents will bear no new or additional waste management costs or fees.