550,000 tonne recycling plant in Cambridge, Ontario to cost only $30 million

Waste Management, Inc recently announced that it was constructing a new recycling plant in Cambridge, Ontario. The story appeared in Solid Waste and Recycling magazine

The announcement is of interest to Durham Region for a number of reasons:

  • the size: 550,000 tonnes - more than the total garbage collected in Durham
  • the cost: $30 million - about a tenth the cost of the incinerator
  • the timeframe: less than a year - recycling plants are generally regarded as good for the environment and don't require extensive approvals processes
  • the range of materials to be processed: in addition to the usual bluebox materials, it will separate and recycle construction waste, electronic waste and even hazardous materials like batteries and CFLs
  • the jobs: 80