In Ontario, a little known industry exists, built by creating value out of what was production discards from another company. Canadian Liquids Processors (CLP) takes food and beverage “wastes’ and turns them into recycled commodities and fuel. The wastes are created from situations such as over-production, quality or packaging issues, stale-dated or recalls by the producer; CLP transforms them into valuable commodities such as container glass, cardboard, aluminum, etc. and the liquid becomes ethanol for industrial use. Traditionally these discarded products and packaging would have ended up in landfills across Canada and the United States. They can include pop, juice, fruit drinks, sports drinks, concentrates, beer, wine, coolers, distilled spirits, bulk liquid, and bulk products that cannot be discharged by companies and need to be recycled.
For more than 12 years, CLP has been transforming waste beverages into ethanol, pioneering this method of recycling in Canada. At CLP’s 60,000 sq.ft. facility in Hamilton, Ontario millions of litres of liquid waste are converted into ethanol each year. CLP is the only distillation and product destruction facility of its type in Canada that is licensed by both the Ministry of Environment and Canadian Customs and Revenue (Excise). All recyclable packaging such as glass, plastic, aluminum, steel, tetra, other specialty packaging, cardboard is recovered and primarily sent to end users such as glass bottle manufacturers, sheet aluminum and cardboard manufacturers.
CLP’s customers include many of the major international alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage and sugar-based manufacturers. They trust their quality rejects, recalls, and stale dated product with CLP because the company can ensure that their less-than-perfect products never re-circulate back into the marketplace where their brand can be compromised or a consumer can potentially be harmed. In addition to 24-hour on-site security, video surveillance, secure fencing and controlled access, CLP tracks every product from the time it is received until destruction.
During times of crisis management, food and beverage companies call upon CLP to provide the complete recall service. This is a comprehensive arranging of transport, pickups and destruction of the food or beverage products. CLP provides the Retailer and Distributor Product Destruction Log that the FDA requires and/or any certificate of destructions that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Canadian Customs and Revenue (Excise) needs. CLP works very closely with the FDA, Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
CLP appreciates that recalls are a difficult time for a company as there are many factors to consider, the most important being the expedient removal of the product from the retail environment and ensuring that all recalled product is completely destroyed while protecting the brand and reducing opportunities for negative impact on public safety. CLP through its closed loop system ensures that the destruction is done completely and confidentially. In January 2011 they will work very closely with the Packaging Association of Canada for one of the most comprehensive mock recall and traceability field trials for the packaging industry including retailers, food manufacturers and suppliers.
CLP is a wholly owned Canadian company, operating in Hamilton, Ontario owned since 2004 by Emmie Leung, an innovator in the recycling industry for more than 30 years. Ms. Leung is also the driving force behind Halton Recycling Ltd. in Ontario and International Paper Industries Ltd. in Western Canada. A number of these divisions are now being brought under the new banner of the Emterra Group. All the companies are focused on waste management, specializing in diverting and converting waste into saleable, marketable products. The newest member is Canadian Eco Rubber, an innovative tire recycling company in Ontario. Leung’s personal philosophy is to find opportunities in every challenge; and, all things, even “waste,” is a resource. CLP also has Emterra as one of its clients providing glass processing services to recyclers who collect municipal waste glass.
CLP has a passion for glass recycling and beneficiation (the cleaning and sizing of recycled glass into furnace-ready cullet.) CLP ships more than 46,000 tonnes per year of furnace ready cullet to container glass manufacturers such as Owens-Illinois, Saint Gobain and Anchor Glass. Significant sustainability benefits are realized from the cradle to cradle use of recycled glass in making glass containers.
- Every 1 kg cullet used as raw material = 1.2 kg virgin materials saved.
- Every 10 per cent cullet used is a 5 per cent savings in carbon emissions and 3 per cent energy savings.
- Melting cullet requires only 70 per cent of the energy needed to melt raw materials.
As a firm believer in “zero waste,” CLP completes waste audits and waste reduction work plans for retail, manufacturing, hotel/motel, restaurants, hospitals, special events among many others. These custom designed waste diversion programs with the 3Rs in mind are required by Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment under the Ontario Regulation 102 for the Institutional, Commercial and Industrial sector. CLP designs customized programs to meet specific goals of the company by assessing the recycling needs, helps to set goals and targets as well as define strategies to accomplish these goals.
Jack McGinnis is Manager of RDC Group in Brougham, Ontario.
Shortly after writing this article we regret that the author Jack McGinnis passed away. We printed the article in respect for his last writing. See the obituary on page 7. – ed.