For these two organizations, this deal will sustain the momentum they share from several other successful collaborations. Over the next three years, 75,000 metric tons of cardboard obtained through selective collection and sorted by Tricentris will be transferred to Cascades. Sourced from the recycling bins of the 1.9 million Quebec residents served by Tricentris, this material will be used to manufacture Cascades products made with recycled fiber. The materials are used, sorted and processed entirely within Quebec.
"Besides making total sense from an environmental standpoint, this deal, which is valued at more than $10 million (Canadian), will help to drive the local economy. With the two businesses' Lachute operations just 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) apart, this partnership also minimizes the environmental footprint associated with transporting the materials. This added advantage is perfectly consistent with the values and vision of both Cascades and Tricentris," says Frédéric Potvin, general manager of Tricentris.
"By teaming up, Cascades and Tricentris are propelling the circular economy and proving that economic growth and the preservation of our natural resources can go hand in hand. We take great pride in the fact that we manufacture premium products while also giving those materials a second life," says Luc Langevin, president and chief operating officer, Cascades Specialty Products Group.
Cascades and Tricentris released a short video on their respective Facebook pages showing how cardboard is transformed from recycling bin filler to one of these premium products. Making an appearance is David Heurtel, minister of sustainable development, the environment and the fight against climate change, who commends both teams for their "outstanding initiative supporting Quebec's circular economy and providing one more example of a modern, green and thriving economy."