News from Niagara, Ontario’s Regional Government
Posted October 17th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
Niagara, Ontario – Niagara Regional Chair Alan Caslin and members of Regional Council were joined by representatives from Waste Diversion Ontario Continuous Improvement Fund and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association to unveil new leading-edge technology that will enhance the Region’s ability to divert waste from landfills and produce high quality end products out of recyclable material.
Niagara Region is the first municipality in Ontario to install this technology in a municipally-owned recycling facility.
The polystyrene foam densifier compresses large volumes of polystyrene foam, collected both curbside in the Blue Box and at Regional Drop-off Depots, into highly dense, stackable blocks which can be turned into new products such as picture frames, decorative mouldings and office supplies.
The new densifier technology enables a significant reduction in the number of truckloads used to transport the densified foam material for recycling – for every densified load 35 to 40 trucks of loose un-densified foam is taken off the road.
The densifier was funded through a partnership involving Niagara Region, Waste Diversion Ontario Continuous Improvement Fund and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association.
The fibre optical sorting system uses near infrared technology to efficiently detect and separate different types of recyclable materials, including newsprint, cardboard and plastic. The result is improved quality of newsprint resulting in higher revenues and greater recovery of cardboard and boxboard also resulting in higher revenues. Additional revenues are used to offset the costs of delivering waste management programs to Niagara residents and businesses.
The fibre optical sorting system was funded through a partnership between Niagara Region and Waste Diversion Ontario Continuous Improvement Fund.
Niagara Region Waste Management
Niagara Region Waste Management provides efficient, cost-effective and innovative waste management services to Niagara’s residents and businesses. Services include curbside collection of garbage, recycling and organics, two Regional landfills, a Recycling Centre, three permanent household hazardous waste facilities, and three material drop-off depots.
Niagara Recycling is a locally owned and operated non-profit social enterprise governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. It is the processing contractor for Niagara Region, providing processing services to approximately 140,000 households covering 12 municipalities. Niagara Recycling also provides collection and processing services for over 250 industrial and commercial customers, as well as more than 125 schools within the Niagara Region.
Continuous Improvement Fund
The Continuous Improvement Fund is a committee of Waste Diversion Ontario. Its mandate is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Ontario’s Blue Box recycling program.
Canadian Plastics Industry Association
The Canadian Plastics Industry Association is the national voice of Canada’s plastics industry, representing the interests of processors, material suppliers, equipment manufacturers, brand owners and recyclers across the country. CPIA is committed to increasing the amount of plastic and the different types of plastic waste being diverted from landfill through the use of innovative technology and the intelligent application of various waste management options, such as reuse, recycle and energy recovery by working with its municipal and other stakeholder partners.
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