Recognizing the need for a larger capacity MRF in the Lower Mainland, Metro Waste Paper Recovery will be opening a new 80,000 sq ft. multi-stream facility in the Burnaby area. This more centralized location will replace the current smaller facility in Surrey.
The opening of this new processing facility will confirm that Metro Waste will be ready to meet the goal as Metro Vancouver moves forward with its Zero Waste campaign.
“Metro Waste fully supports the concept of Zero Waste. We also recognize the fact that there is a shortage of facilities to meet the requirements of this kind of initiative,” says Al Metauro, CEO of Metro Waste Paper Recovery. “There has to be a facility that has the capacity and ability to process the additional multi-materials that will be diverted out of the waste stream, and this new facility will definitely have the capabilities to meet this inititiative.”
The new facility will feature more updated processing equipment, providing greater flexibility for material sorting, thus raising the standards for collection methods available to the company. The new equipment plan includes but will not be limited to a new baler and sort lines.
“We’re prepared to take the lead and invest $5 million into a new facility that will allow us to handle the materials generated from the Zero Waste campaign in the Lower Mainland,” says Metauro.
Scheduled to be operational by mid-summer 2008, this new facility will allow Metro Waste to offer more flexibility in how materials are collected, including the co-mingling of recyclables in one truck. It will also allow for growth in both the IC&I and municipal sectors, ensuring the ability to continue to support municipal programs and diversion initiatives.
The concept of Zero Waste has been a part of the company’s mandate and business plan since it’s inception in 1979, and has been further promoted with the introduction of their new corporate philosophy, Green…by Nature.
“It’s a simple concept,” says Metauro. “We offer the means to keep as much recyclable material out of our landfills, our Minimum Waste program defines what and how materials can be diverted. We support the program by doing the work, including the collecting and processing of the materials for recycling. We see our job as making our customers ‘Green…by Nature,’ delivering results that impact an organization’s environmental footprint and also impact green to the bottom.”
For more information, contact Kimberly Elkas, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, at kelkasmetrowaste.com