Sturgeon Refinery

Waste Not

By Geoff Braat, Manager - Construction Services
March 3, 2015

Waste Management – Doing Our Part to Reduce and Reuse Waste

NWR has taken on the environmental initiative to reduce and reuse as much as possible when it comes to construction waste. Through several initiatives and developing contracts with the ideal waste management companies, there have been many successes over the last year.

First Some Stats

How much waste does a Project develop in its first year of construction… over 1300 metric tonne of recyclable waste and 110 metric tonne of hazardous waste! Recyclable waste consists of wood, drywall, metal, cardboard, paper, organics and concrete. Hazardous waste is an unfortunate by-product of construction and consists of oils, rags, aerosols, filters, batteries, fluorescent lights and contaminated soil. NWR and Taurus are continuously looking at options to reduce the amount of materials deemed as hazardous waste, such as repurposing used oils or decontaminating soils.

How Much Was Recycled

Recycled percentages were not tracked in detail until September 2014. Prior to September 2014, the recycled percentage totalled 39%. Once the new contract was signed with Klondike Disposal and Recycling, the recycled quantities totalled 98%. The new program and contractor have increased our end use visibility and recycling success dramatically.

Purposing the Recycled Materials

Recycled materials have a surprisingly broad spectrum of uses which includes:

  1. Paper mill supply
  2. Wood-to-Energy supply
  3. Compost use
  4. Shingle recycle
  5. Metal recycle
  6. Compost Energy Supply
  7. Rigid plastics recycle