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Emterra Group named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers

For the fourth year in a row, the Burlington, Ont.-based waste management firm has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers.


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April 24, 2019 by Canadian Plastics

For the fourth year in a row, waste management firm Emterra Group has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers.

Emterrra – which has operations in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, as well as, the State of Michigan – was selected for several of its recent initiatives. First, the company has made significant infrastructure investments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its fleet operations with compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks, representing over a third of its fleet, and has opened four CNG refuelling stations, which are available to the public and other fleet operators.

Second, Emterra recently partnered with The Natural Step Canada’s Circular Economy Innovation Lab, a forward-looking initiative that brings public and private sector organizations together to develop products and services that aim to eliminate waste from supply chains.

Third, Emterra is helping to lead the way in capturing as well as converting “waste” into new products, from its tire recycling division to a dedicated liquids recycling division to new state-of-the-art single-stream collection programs that increase diversion rates for residential, commercial, industrial and institutional customers in Canada and the U.S.

Finally, Emterra’s recycling facility in Brampton, Ont. produces over 18-million kilos of recycled crumb rubber annually, capturing steel, rubber and fibre from scrap tires through an emission-free process.

Headquartered in Burlington, Ont., Emterra consists of the Emterra Environmental and the Michigan-based Emterra Environmental USA divisions, which are recycling and waste resource management companies; Emterra Tire Recycling; Canadian Liquids Processors; and Ryse Solutions, Canada’s first fully integrated producer responsibility organization that offers compliance and advisory services and material recovery solutions under one umbrella. The company was founded by Emmie Leung, who is the 2019 Canadian Plastics Industry Association’s Leader of the Year.

Emterra’s involvement with plastics recycling became more pronounced in 2016, when the company partnered with Delta, B.C.-based Merlin Plastics Group to create ReVital Polymers; said to operate the first recycling plant in Canada that combines a Container Recovery Facility and a Plastics Recovery Facility under one roof, ReVital accepts post-consumer plastics recovered from municipal recycling programs across Canada and the U.S., and uses a closed-loop process to recycle materials into raw materials for use in manufacturing again.

Now in its 12th year, Canada’s Greenest Employers is an editorial competition organized by the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations.