WM Announces New Recycling Facilities in Ontario

Date: June 11, 2024

Source: Waste Management of Canada

On June 6, 2024, Waste Management of Canada Corporation (WM Canada) announced the start of construction for two advanced recycling facilities in Ontario, located in the Region of Waterloo and Greater Napanee. These facilities are expected to be operational by the end of 2025, and are designed to handle around 30 percent of Ontario's blue box recyclables as the province transitions to an extended producer responsibility policy for paper and packaging materials.

The new facilities will enhance Ontario's recycling infrastructure by processing a broader range of materials, including additional types of plastics. They will feature advanced sorting technologies where conveyors and optical sorters work together with technicians to improve the quality and efficiency of recycling. This project is part of WM Canada's broader sustainability strategy and their effort to expand operations within Ontario.

This significant investment is set to advance Ontario's recycling capabilities, supporting a sustainable future for the province. By increasing recycling capacity and efficiency, these state-of-the-art facilities will contribute to better waste management practices and help achieve higher recycling performance targets. This construction also lays out a road map of how private firms should respond to the increasingly common adoption of extended producer responsibility policies across North America.

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