Emterra Environmental’s Winnipeg Operations Win Chamber’s Spirit of Winnipeg Award for Innovation

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce has recognized Emterra for the Spirit of Winnipeg Award highlighting innovation in waste management and diversion. The Winnipeg recycling plant increases recyclable material recovery while running a clean CNG fleet.

Online PR News – 12-March-2013 – Winnipeg Manitoba – Emterra Environmental has won the coveted Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Winnipeg Award in the Large Business category. Emterra made its mark in Winnipeg with the launch of a state of the art recycling facility and first-of-its-kind CNG (compressed natural gas) fleet of refuse trucks - the worlds largest. Emterra assumed municipal waste collection in the City of Winnipeg last fall after investing $23 million to establish world-class operations.

Upon accepting the award Emterra's founder, Emmie Leung said, “Emterra’s ‘recycling first’ mission…and waste-to-resource business model…drives us to find new, economically viable, and environmentally progressive ways to manage waste,” she said. “Our mantra is not only to find ways to recycle more, but also to recycle better. This awards program shines the light on the creative spirit, sparks ideas and inspires us all to think outside of the ordinary.”

Emterra’s Winnipeg materials recovery facility (MRF) utilizes optical sorting technology to maximize recyclable extraction with optimal efficiency. Emterra has pioneered single stream recycling to promote greater recovery of recyclable items. This means that Winnipeg residents can put all classes of recyclables together in one bin, without sorting them at the household level. This makes recycling easier for residents, and the recycling sorting technology at the MRF efficiently segregates them for remarketing to other industries that use them as input materials for new products.

The fleet employed by Emterra in Winnipeg is industry leading with almost 60 CNG refuse vehicles serving the Winnipeg contract. Emterra built the CNG vehicle refuelling station from scratch – the first such station designed specifically to operate in extremely cold weather as is often experienced during Winnipeg winters. The CNG vehicles have been proven reliable and efficient through the winter, setting an example of what could be done with fleet and fuel technological innovation.

Increased diversion of plastics and other recyclable products otherwise destined for landfill and operating a green fleet with lower emissions than traditional waste collection vehicles means a healthier environment. For Emterra, contributing to the creation of sustainable, liveable communities is paramount. By operating a cleaner fleet and diverting more waste from landfills, Emterra is achieving just that in Winnipeg. Today, municipal waste management activities in Winnipeg create fewer emissions, and the City has effectively reduced its carbon footprint by partnering with Emterra.

With 15 MRF’s across Canada and serving 80 municipalities, Emterra Group of companies are leading the way in single stream recycling and waste management excellence. Emterra’s vision of a world of “zero waste” is closer, with Winnipeg being the latest example of the innovative steps being taken to achieve just that.