Benefits of Zero Waste

Providing a ‘Whole System Approach’ to Recycling and Waste Management

Zero Waste is a philosophy and a design principle for the 21st Century. It includes ‘recycling’ but goes beyond recycling by taking a ‘whole system’ approach to the vast flow of resources and waste through human society.

Zero Waste maximizes recycling, minimizes waste, reduces consumption and ensures that products are made to be reused, repaired or recycled back into nature or the marketplace.

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The Roadmap to ZERO WASTE

Discover innovative strategies, proven methodologies, and cutting-edge technologies that will revolutionize your approach to waste management. Our expert guidance will lead you through a step-by-step process, empowering you to reduce, reuse, and recycle with precision and purpose.

  • Source Separation of Recyclables
  • Organic Waste Diversion
  • Correct Waste Categorization
  • Workplace Education
  • Waste Reduction through Procurement
  • Monitor and Report
  • Waste Auditing
  • Reduce and Reuse
  • Energy from Waste – Repurposing Waste as a Resource – Zero to Landfill

The Benefits of Energy from Waste

Within the waste management hierarchy, energy recovery emerges as a highly regarded alternative following the principles of reduction, reuse, and recycling. Forward-thinking companies throughout North America embrace energy recovery as a pivotal component of their ambitious zero waste and zero landfill aspirations. By harnessing the inherent energy potential of waste, these companies champion sustainable practices that prioritize resource utilization and minimize environmental impact.

The Emerald Energy from Waste (EfW) facility presents numerous advantages compared to traditional landfilling practices. It stands as a beacon of sustainability, generating electricity while concurrently mitigating greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). By harnessing the potential of waste, the facility helps conserve valuable landfill space, contributing to the long-term preservation of our environment.

  • ELandfill space saved per tonne of waste burned at the EfW = 0.8 m3
  • EEfW vs. landfill in Southwestern Ontario: 7 tonnes less of CO2 offsets per tonne of waste
  • EOne tonne of waste sent to EFW produces 420 KW of electricity sold on the grid

Emerald and U-Pak create energy from your waste

Waste Is a Resource That Should Not Be Buried in a Hole

Emerald is a thermal treatment facility capable of processing non-hazardous solid waste from municipal (MSW), industrial, commercial institutional (ICI) sources.

Focusing on the Environment

The Emerald Energy from Waste facility operates under an amended Certificate of Approval issued by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, which includes ongoing enhancements and facility upgrades. In 2010, a significant refurbishment was undertaken, extending the operational lifespan of Emerald by an additional 25 years. As part of our commitment to environmental responsibility, stack emissions are continuously monitored, with monthly reports submitted to the Ministry of Environment. Furthermore, the facility undergoes a comprehensive annual stack testing to ensure compliance.

Throughout its 25-year operation, the facility has maintained full compliance with its environmental license, exemplifying our dedication to environmental standards. Annually, the Emerald facility successfully recovers approximately 2,200 tonnes of ferrous metal, showcasing our commitment to resource recovery and sustainable practices.

For every metric tonne diverted from landfill, you save:

KW of electricity

tonnes of carbon
offset credits

cubic metres of
landfill space saved

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