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Metro Waste facility for B.C. Lower Mainland

Recognizing the need for a larger capacity materials recovery facility (MRF) in Vancouver's Lower Mainland, Metro W...

Recognizing the need for a larger capacity materials recovery facility (MRF) in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland, Metro Waste Paper Recovery Inc. is taking a major step forward with the opening of a new 80,000 square foot multi-stream recycling and processing facility.

In addition to the conventional methods of the collection and processing of recyclable materials, this new facility will also be fully equipped to now offer customers the option of co-mingling their recyclable materials.

With a start-up investment of $5 million, Metro Waste will design and operate the new facility.
Scheduled to be operational by mid-summer, this more centralized facility will be strategically located in the Burnaby area, replacing the company’s current smaller facility in Surrey. It is expected to employ approximately 40 people.

“This new facility marks a significant step forward in how we offer recycling services in the Lower Mainland to all sectors, including commercial, industrial, printing and municipal customers,” says Al Metauro, CEO of Metro Waste Paper Recovery. “We’ll be able to better meet the new standards set in the industry, offering more sustainable programs and achieving higher yields of recyclable materials. Ultimately, this all leads to reductions in waste management costs for our customers.”

It will also allow for increased growth in all sectors, ensuring the ability to continue to support municipal programs, and specifically, municipalities wanting to implement zero waste initiatives.

With an anticipated processing capacity of up to 200,000 metric tonnes per year and featuring more updated processing equipment than the company’s current facility in Surrey, one of the significant key benefits realized will be much greater flexibility for material sorting. This will have a positive impact on raising the standards for the different types of collection methods that Metro Waste presently offers its customers in the Lower Mainland.

“We’ll now be able to offer our customers even more flexibility in how materials are collected, including the co-mingling of recyclables, greatly reducing the amount of pick-ups required to remove recyclables at a site,” says Brandon Rogers, Metro Waste’s Operations Manager for the Lower Mainland. “This equates directly to a reduction in our carbon footprint as the service provider.”

A new automated optical separation scanner will be installed that will scan and segregate, at 160 feet per square per second, the different types of materials such as tin, aluminum and all grades of plastics. This highly sensitive scanner analyzes each item by classification, recognizing the size, weight and density of the item.

For plastics, the scanner has the capability of identifying the specific type of plastic an item is made from. Whether is it a clear water bottle, shampoo bottle or ice cream bucket, the item will no longer need to be identified by the recycling code or the human eye.

Disc screens will also be installed on the fibre line, providing superior efficiency in separating old corrugated cardboard containers from other types of paper fibre, in addition to non-fibre containers and residue.

“This specialized equipment is ideal for the co-mingled, single stream collection we’ll be implementing, as it will decrease the amount of human labor required for separating the materials. The result is a noticeably substantial increase in consistency and accuracy, producing a much higher grade of the final separated materials,” says Rogers.

The opening of this new multi-stream facility will confirm to Zero Waste supporters 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 processing facilities to meet the requirements of this kind of initiative,” explains Metauro. “There needs to be a facility that has both the capacity and the ability to process the additional multi-materials that will be diverted from the waste stream.”

“This new multi-stream facility will definitely offer the necessary features and capabilities required to meet this inititiative. We’re prepared to take the lead by investing in this new facility, allowing us to handle the multi-materials generated from the Zero Waste campaign in the Lower Mainland.”

By no means is the concept of Zero Waste foreign to the company. In fact, it has been a major component of Metro Waste’s mandate and business plan since the company’s inception in 1979. It has been further promoted with the recent introduction of the company’s new corporate philosophy, Greenby Nature.

“It’s a simple concept,” states Metauro. “We offer the means to keep as much recyclable materials out of landfills, our Minimum Waste program defines what and how materials can be diverted. We support the program by educating the customer, supplying the necessary equipment and making the whole process work, including the collecting and processing of the materials for recycling.

We see our primary job as making our customers Greenby Nature, delivering tangible results that impact both an organization’s environmental footprint and their bottom line.”

For more information, contact Kimberly Elkas, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, at 250-480-1272 or or visit

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