7:30 am – 8:00 am
Bus will meet at the Beanfield Centre, 105 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto
8:00 am – 8:30 am
City of Toronto – Disco Road Anaerobic Digester Facility
After 10 years of every day operating performance at the Dufferin facility, the City of Toronto made a strategic decision to expand internal organics processing capacity using the BTA® Process. This facility will annually divert and convert 75,000 metric tonnes of residential and commercial organics collected in the City Green Bin Program. The facility is designed and built by Aecom Canada using CCI’s technology, the BTA® Process. Operations began in mid 2013 with CCI and Veolia Water Canada. The waste feedstock, which is characterized by a high plastic content due to the collection in plastic bags, will be directly fed to the BTA® Hydromechanical Pre-treatment system without any prior treatment. The anaerobic digestion methodology implemented is a wet digestion process in the mesophilic range using two 5,300 m3 digesters with full mixing using compressed biogas. In addition to processing organic waste, other facilities located at this site include: a transfer station, public drop-off for Municipal Hazardous and Special Waste, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and outdoor areas for leaf and yard composting.
9:30 am – 9:45 am
Triple M Metal LP, Brampton Metal Processing Facilities and Matalco Aluminum Billet Facility
Triple M Metal LP is one of North America’s largest recyclers of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Our growing enterprise operates 27 facilities across North America, including Canada, the United States and Mexico, with additional interests in Europe. Our established and far-reaching geographic network means we are optimally positioned to maintain and service our current customer base, while making strides in new and emerging markets. From local or community-based peddlers to the largest international companies, we strive to build confidence and value by providing customized solutions that deliver on all metal recycling and process needs. We offer full service solutions for post-consumer recyclers, through waste management operators in Canada and the United States. We operate with an unwavering commitment to excellence and are proud to have been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies every year since 2006, achieving Platinum status. As an ISO 9001 and ISO 14000 certified company we are committed to efficient, safe, and environmentally responsible practices.
Triple M Metal LP is a part of the Giampaolo Group of Companies, which is North America’s principal fully integrated metal management company. This group includes; Matalco Inc., North America’s largest aluminum remelter and producer of high-quality homogenized 6000 series aluminum billets and logs for the aluminum extrusion and forging manufacturing industries; Venture Steel Inc., a steel service business; and Quantum Lifecycle Partners LP (formerly GEEP) , a leading recycler of electronic waste in Canada.
11:15 am – 11:30 am
Quantum Lifecycle (formerly GEEP and Shift) WEEE Recycling Facility
Electrical and electronic products represent the fastest growing stream of waste in our landfills and one of the most complex as well. Embedded batteries, mixed polymers and overall miniaturization and light-weighting make electronics one of the most challenging recycling problems of our time. Come learn about how Quantum Lifecycle is tackling the challenge. Among the most advanced WEEE recycling facilities anywhere in North America, over 100 metric tonnes daily are processed through the facility – accounting for over 35% of the WEEE collected under the OES program. With over 140 CCTV cameras, controlled access and a host of other security and safety features, the facility is optimized to maximize throughput in a controlled, secure and safe environment.
Quantum sources WEEE from Stewardship programs, municipalities, government agencies, telecommunications providers and small, medium and enterprise businesses of all kinds from across Canada and are the largest vertically integrated ITAD service provider and WEEE recycler in Canada. With 8 facilities in 5 provinces, no other company has the reach and depth of service to manage such a broad suite of customers. Come learn about what happens to your electronics at the end of their useful life.
12:30 pm – 12:45 pm
Canada Fibers Resource Recovery and Recycling Campus
Canada Fibers Resource Recovery and Recycling Campus in Toronto, Ontario was designed to drive operational efficiencies and significantly limit environmental impact by recovering a range of residential and industrial, commercial and institutional materials in two advanced Material Recovery Facilities. Moreover, to close the loop, the company’s affiliate Urban Polymers recycles a range of plastics all on the same site, significantly reducing transportation requirements and greenhouse gas emissions.
Residential Material Recovery Facility (MRF):
Canada Fibers flagship residential MRF is one of the largest, and most technologically-advanced single-stream recycling facilities in North America. The facility processes all of Toronto’s material as well as material from Halton, Simcoe and Woodstock. The MRF’s cutting-edge system includes a series of highly networked screen separators, infra-red optical sorters, magnets to separate metals, and electric currents to separate aluminum. Over 20 commodities are produced on-site, going on to be reused in recycling end-markets.
This plastic recycling facility helps close the local resource loop by producing recycled HDPE, PET and PP pellets and flakes for brand owners, manufacturers and packagers. The system uses the latest technology for auto-sort, multi-hot-wash and extrusion for optimal purity and quality. Utilizing recovered plastics diverts thousands of tonnes from landfills each year, and products made from recovered plastics saves 66% of energy vs. raw (virgin) materials.
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Veolia Pickering Lamp Processing Facility
Did you know that every year millions of light bulbs that contain mercury, such as compact fluorescent lamps and fluorescent tubes, are improperly disposed of in landfills? This results in mercury being released into the environment. To address the problem, Veolia opened a location in Pickering, Ontario. Veolia North America is one of the largest commercial recyclers of lamps in the world and continues to expand its network of lamp recycling facilities. Our new state-of-the-art processing equipment located in our Pickering, Ontario location uses a Balcan MP8000 lamp recycler equipped with a conveyor belt feed system for straight lamps and a multi-purpose unit for CFLs and pre-crushed lamps. The machine capacity is capable of processing 5700 kilograms per hour lamps or 5000 four-foot fluorescent lamps per hour. This machine allows for more than 99% of a fluorescent lamp by weight to be recycled. Veolia not only separates a fluorescent lamp into its core components: glass, aluminum, and mercury-bearing phosphor powder, but also reclaims the mercury and works with partners to recover rare earth elements from the phosphor powder. The Veolia lamp processing facility shares the site with Veolia Canada's Hazardous Waste - Industrial Cleaning Division. The facility is a fully permitted accumulation centre and receives and consolidates various hazardous, and non-hazardous wastes from across Ontario and the GTA and can support customers’ needs for onsite industrial cleaning. Support services, in addition to lamp processing provided by Veolia Pickering, include vacuum truck services, containerized waste receiving, technical support, labpack services, transportation, and industrial cleaning.
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm Travel to Beanfield Centre