Canadian recycling network earns British Columbia contract

Canadian recycling network earns British Columbia contract

Green by Nature EPR will process paper and packaging from 1.25 million western Canada households.

March 11, 2014
Recycling Today Staff
Municipal / IC&I Paper Plastics

British Columbia, Canada-based Multi-Material BC (MMBC) has announced that Green by Nature EPR (GBN) has been selected to manage the post-collection system for MMBC’s residential packaging and printed paper recycling program, which will begin serving about 1.25 million households on May 19, 2014.

GBN describes itself as “a new organization founded by leaders in the recycling industry in British Columbia.” It will be responsible for managing the processing and marketing of about 185,000 metric tons of packaging and printed paper material after it has been collected curbside from households, multi-family buildings and collection centers throughout the province.

Three recycling companies have created an alliance to form GBN:

  • Cascades Recovery Inc., an Ontario-based subsidiary of the Cascades Group and one of Canada’s largest collectors, processors and marketers of recyclable materials.
  • Emterra Environmental, a Vancouver-based company that describes itself as one of Canada’s largest waste resource management companies providing recyclables collection, processing and marketing services, as well as organics and solid waste collection and disposal services to municipalities and businesses in Canada.
  • Merlin Plastics [], Delta, B.C., Canada, which describes itself as a North American pioneer in plastics recycling and marketing.

In addition to the founding companies, GBN will work with more than 20 subcontractors to be part of the integrated province-wide MMBC post-collection system, it says in a news release.

The post-collection system operated by GBN will employ 570 people and bring $32 million in new investment to British Columbia, including capital investment in two new facilities:

  • a container recycling facility that will maximize sorting efficiency, recovery and the quality of recovered products; and,
  • a material recovery facility in Nanaimo, B.C., which will sort and prepare collected material for shipment to downstream processors and end markets.

“We are very pleased to partner with Green by Nature EPR. The awarding of a post-collection contract is an important milestone for MMBC as we prepare to launch our program in May,” says Allen Langdon, managing director of MMBC.

“Being selected by MMBC – the most extensive industry-led product stewardship program ever to be implemented in BC – means that Green by Nature EPR has the opportunity to not only employ existing recycling infrastructure, but also make significant investments in BC’s recycling infrastructure that have not been possible until now,” says Albino Metauro, CEO of Green by Nature EPR and of Cascades Recovery.

MMBC is a non-profit industry-led and financed organization that will assume responsibility for managing residential packaging and printed paper recycling on behalf of industry in May 2014. In May 2011, British Columbia’s recycling regulation was updated to include packaging and printed paper. The regulation shifts the responsibility for managing the residential recycling of packaging and printed paper from regional and municipal governments and their taxpayers to business.