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Grand Opening: New Facility Puts Waste Diversion and Recycling First

September 22, 2009 – The City of Thunder Bay today proudly celebrated the official Grand Opening of the City’s new state-of-the-art Solid Waste & Recycling Facility on Mapleward Road. The $11 million facility is designed to optimize the management of solid waste and emphasize waste diversion and recycling.

“The new facility reflects a much cleaner, safer and more efficient management of waste,” said Mayor Lynn Peterson. “From the moment you drive in, we are putting waste diversion and recycling first. The design of the site actually helps citizens to sort it all out – from recyclables to materials that can be reused to hazardous waste. What’s left is garbage and that’s placed in the new bins that mean most people don’t ever have to drive to the face of the landfill. That will reduce wear and tear on vehicles.”

Site Enhancements
Upon entering the site, traffic will be split into two streams – private vehicles and authorized registered commercial vehicles. Private vehicles first travel through the Household Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Depots before arriving at the kiosk to be weighed at the scale. The next stop is the Public Waste Disposal Area which consists of huge, at-grade bins that separate metals, bulky items, and garbage. Residential vehicles including cars, vans and half ton trucks will move from bin to bin, depositing their waste into the appropriate area. This is why loads are best sorted before leaving home. Customers will pay upon exit.

Registered commercial vehicles, including City waste packers, will proceed directly to automated scales upon entering the site.

“This new traffic flow will improve efficiency, reduce wait times for all users, and encourage recycling and proper waste management,” said Darrell Matson, General Manager – Transportation & Works.

Cleaner, Greener Facility
‘Green’ components of the new site were developed using the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design principles. Features such as solar wall cladding, energy efficient equipment and water conserving plumbing were used to reduce environmental impact. 

“This was an opportunity to improve and consolidate two yards to make one big, very efficient one including using environmentally friendly building practices to promote a healthy, more sustainable environment,” said Alan Fydirchuk, Manager - Facilities & Fleet.

The City also looks forward to working with Thunder Bay Hydro Renewable Power as they build a power generating station and heat recovery system that uses methane gas from the landfill. The project will annually harness the power of 263 million cubic feet of methane gas, produced from decaying organic material, that would otherwise be released into the environment.  They have announced the project has started and is planned for completion by Aug. 2010.

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Contact:   Brad Adams, Supervisor – Transportation & Works, 684-3118

Read more information about the Thunder Bay Solid Waste and Recycling Facility.