Belkorp Environmental Services Inc. has announced plans to invest $30 million in a 260,000-tonne capacity advanced material recovery and recycling facility in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
The facility will create up to 80 new green economy jobs, and ensure more than 80 per cent of customers’ unsorted waste is diverted from disposal.
The facility is to be built in south Coquitlam, at no cost to municipal residents. It received support from the Coquitlam Council on January 20, 2014 and is now pending license approval from Metro Vancouver.
“This is an exciting project for our company and reflects Belkorp’s long-term commitment to sustainable waste management in British Columbia,” said Russ Black, VP of Corporate Development for Belkorp Environmental Services Inc. “With this project we will move into a new area of waste management, focusing on technologies and processes which maximize recycling and material recovery, and which provide new opportunities to local remanufacturers and other members of the green economy.”
Belkorp’s facility will have the capacity to handle approximately 26 per cent of Metro Vancouver’s municipal solid waste, using advanced technology to ‘break open the garbage bag’ and separate all useable, recyclable and compostable material from the waste stream and ensure that these valuable materials are available for use and not sent to incinerators or landfills. The MRF model is based on proven technology in use in green jurisdictions around the world, including Europe as well as the US Pacific Northwest and in California where the world’s largest MRF has been operating successfully since 2012.