FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What does NextUse know about recycling, composting and waste reduction in BC?

NextUse Recycling Ltd. is part of the Belkorp group of companies. Belkorp Environmental Services Inc. and other Belkorp companies have a long history in recycling and growing BC’s green economy. Examples include:

  • AtSource Recycling Systems Corporation, a leading supplier of waste and recycling equipment across Canada, including a large selection of balers and compactors;
  • Designing and building one of the first cardboard recycling facilities in BC;
  • Establishing the first newsprint de-inking and recycling facility in western Canada (the site of the proposed material recovery facility in Coquitlam, BC);
  • Owning and operating a used oil recycling plant in North Vancouver (BC), and;
  • Partnering in a large-scale organics composting facility that was eventually bought by the Village of Whistler (BC).

Isn't NextUse connected to a landfill operator?

Yes, Wastech Services Ltd., a Belkorp affiliated company, operates the Cache Creek Landfill in collaboration with the Village of Cache Creek. Today, the Cache Creek Landfill receives less than 25% of the region’s waste (the rest goes to the Burnaby incinerator and the Vancouver landfill in Burns Bog). The waste hauling to Cache Creek is fueled with liquefied natural gas (LNG), with trucks returning to the coast with commodities that would be travelling regardless of waste going to the interior. The current Cache Creek landfill is operated under long-term agreement with Metro Vancouver Regional District. This contract ends December 31, 2016.

In the case of the proposed material recovery facility for Coquitlam, leftovers (or “residuals”) after processing for the purpose of maximizing the recovery of recyclables and organics will be shipped to facilities determined by the regulator, Metro Vancouver.

How can NextUse stay in business as the rate of recycling at the source continues to increase?

NextUse has the flexibility to support more recycling at the source because the facility will also sort and bundle source separated recyclables. The technology facilitates processing of source separated or mixed waste material streams as needs change.

Could the region support material recovery facilities and another incinerator?

We say no.

First, recycling and incineration are not compatible because they both require recyclable plastics and papers in order to be viable. Material recovery facilities remove recyclables from the ‘waste’ that would go to an incinerator (mass burn, gasification, pyrolysis, etc.). Without the recyclable materials in the waste stream, incineration doesn’t work.

Second, Metro Vancouver already operates a mass burn incinerator in Burnaby. Today, more than half of what is burned consists of recyclable and compostable organic materials.

Consider the cost of Metro Vancouver’s proposal for a second, larger incinerator:

To justify the minimum $500+ million dollar construction cost of the incinerator, Metro Vancouver needs to ensure there is a sufficient supply of ‘waste’ and recyclables to fuel the fire, and keep the temperature hot as one control of air pollution. The waste supply also needs to have so-called ‘heating value’ to be an effective fuel source. A big issue is that heating value is typically found in material that should be recycled–such as paper and plastic. 

A recovery facility like the one NextUse proposes to build in Coquitlam reduces the amount of waste available to be disposed, or burned, and focuses on recycling materials like paper and plastic.

The fact is if a new incinerator is built recycling rates in the region will stagnate since incineration must burn recyclables to be viable.

What will NextUse's material recovery facility cost the taxpayer?

Nothing.

NextUse can build and operate its proposed facility under the current tipping fee for disposal – with no new taxation or fees for residents and businesses.

NextUse’s material recovery facility is a private sector solution, not a government solution. We are one of many BC entrepreneurs poised to invest in material recovery facilities because they represent a business opportunity in recovering valuable materials from the waste stream, and recycling them. All these entrepreneurs require is access to the existing unsorted waste stream which Metro Vancouver is now sending straight to disposal (incinerator and landfill). With a material recovery facility, user fees will remain the same and recycling will increase.

What will happen to residuals from NextUse?

After processing for the purpose of maximizing the recovery of recyclables and organics, residuals will be shipped to facilities determined by Metro Vancouver.

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