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Closed-loop recycling plant for Edmonton paper

Used paper from Edmonton city offices will soon be recycled into items like cardboard drink trays.


Used paper from Edmonton city offices will soon be recycled into items like cardboard drink trays.

The city of Edmonton and Greys Paper Recycling Industries Ltd. plan to build a paper and glass recycling plant that will turn waste paper from city offices into paper products. The products will be sold back to the city.

Reprocessing recyclables into the same or similar type of products is known as ‘closed-loop recycling.’

“Closed-loop recycling is the highest level of recycling because it significantly reduces the raw materials and energy needed to make new products and get them to the end users,” said Edmonton City Councilor Don Iveson.

The plant is expected to produce 40 tonnes of wastepaper and cardboard each day once it’s fully operational in 2010.

Greys Recycling will finance, design, build and operate the facility, which will be located at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre. There is a site lease agreement between the city and Greys Recycling.

The facility will incorporate energy-efficient technologies like solar sun pipes for daytime lighting and waste heat provided by other facilities at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre. During the manufacturing process, the plant will also use recycled water.

This news item initially appeared on our affiliate news service EcoLog.com


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