Belkorp Environmental Services Inc., Vancouver, has announced plans to invest $30 million to develop a mixed waste processing material recovery facility (MRF) in Coquitlam, British Columbia. The facility will be able to handle 260,000 metric tons of material per year.
The company says when the MRF is fully operational it will divert more than 80 percent of inbound material. The proposed facility has received support from the Coquitlam Council in a Jan. 20, 2014, meeting and has a license pending from the Metro Vancouver agency.
“This is an exciting project for our company and reflects Belkorp’s long-term commitment to sustainable waste management in British Columbia,” says Russ Black, Belkorp vice president of corporate development. “With this project we will move into a new area of waste management, focusing on technologies and processes that maximize recycling and material recovery, and which provide new opportunities to local remanufacturers and other members of the green economy. We have a project design and site in place and look forward to continuing our long history of business in the City of Coquitlam as we implement these proven clean technologies in the lower mainland.”
“This technologically advanced facility will offer a long-term waste management solution for the region, helping communities maximize the recycling and reuse of materials, and ensuring we exceed Metro Vancouver's targets for diverting waste from landfills—at no additional cost to residents,” says Peter Steblin, city manager for Coquitlam. “By focusing on the recovery and recycling of material that enters the waste stream, the facility will also create new jobs in the local green economy and continue Coquitlam's reputation as a leader in environmental sustainability. Advanced material recovery is a proven model globally, and we are pleased to offer our support to Belkorp on a project that represents a smart, progressive approach to solid waste management.”
According to a news release from the company, Belkorp’s facility will be able to handle about 26 percent of metropolitan Vancouver’s municipal solid waste, using automation to “break open the garbage bag” and separate all useable, recyclable and compostable material from the waste stream using a mixed waste processing method.
Belkorp says it will be responsible for all construction and operating costs for the facility, to be built on land it owns. The land was formerly home to a Newstech newspaper deinking facility that also was a Belkorp company.
The city of Coquitlam has provided a letter of support to Belkorp's application for a license from Metro Vancouver, the administrative body responsible for granting licenses for recycling activity within the region. Belkorp says it anticipates the facility will be operational within two years following receipt of a license from Metro Vancouver.
In addition to the project in Coquitlam, Belkorp says it is considering opportunities to build another MRF in the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) of British Columbia, following the FVRD’s release of a draft solid waste management plan that prioritizes resource recovery.
If built, these two facilities, combined with another proposed MRF that has been substantially constructed in the city of Vancouver, would have the capacity to process more than 600,000 metric tons of recyclable materials per year.