New Ontario recycling plant to process up to 550,000 tonnes/year

Waste Management of Canada’s new plant will focus on business customers to enhance recycling participation.

November 19, 2012   by PLANT STAFF

CAMBRIDGE, Ont.— A new 126,000 square-foot Waste Management of Canada plant will use a state-of-the-art single steam recycling process to handle both industrial and municipal waste, with a focus on businesses.

The Cambridge, Ont. plant is now the largest licensed private-sector recycling facility in Ontario and will create up to 80 new jobs.

Ontario businesses have not had access to high-quality single-stream recycling services, resulting in a much lower waste diversion rate than residential sources. Waste Management says the new facility will offer more convenient and more cost-effective recycling solutions for businesses.

A single-stream process eliminates the need for businesses to separate plastics, metals and papers prior to collection and is expected to greatly improve participation in recycling.


The plant is equipped with a paper magnet, optical sorter, electro-magnetic technology and various screen sorters. The facility will accept more waste than traditional facilities and sort materials more precisely, enhancing the amount recovered for reuse.

“This new, state-of-the-art, single-stream recycling facility is the first of its kind for Waste Management of Canada,” said Brad Muter, area vice-president for Eastern Canada.

Waste Management of Canada is a provider of waste management services. It employs more than 3,400 people at 116 locations in nine provinces, servicing more than 4.5 million residential customers, and 170,000 industrial and commercial customers.

The company operates 20 recycling facilities and 18 landfills across the country.

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