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A visit to a Cascades Recovery facility

Canadian Packaging visits an east Toronto Cascades Recovery Inc. facility to see how it recovers materials that would otherwise go into a landfill.

January 13, 2012   by Canadian Packaging Staff

Cascades Recovery Inc., hosted a well-attended open house event at its Toronto Thornmount Drive facility on January 11, 2012.
Co-hosted by the PAC – The Packaging Association, Cascades Recovery showed visitors how it manages discarded materials to recover materials that would otherwise go to landfill. These recovered materials will then be recycled to create new products.
Managing over 1.56 million metric tons of recyclable materials each year at its 21 facilities in Canada, Cascades Recovery was established in 1979, and is one of Canada’s largest collectors, processors and marketers of recyclable materials.
Not a waste management company, Cascades Recovery’ diverts material from the landfill and then to finds ways to use the recyclable materials again.
Materials recovered include paper, corrugated, plastics and metals.
Through its Recovery.PLUS Program, Cascades Recovery customizes a material recovery plan for each customer – but, going beyond simple recovery, the program incorporates program efficiencies into each business process to ensure that every effort is made to find beneficial uses for all discarded materials.
As an integral part of Cascades Inc. Specialty Products Group, Cascades Recovery (formerly Metro waste Paper Recovery) are responsible manufacturers of paper and packaging – “we produce it, and after it has been used we want it back”.
The east-end Toronto facility, with two-work shifts a day, has daily deliveries of material to its processing facility, where it is sorted by hand by 63 employees along a conveyance system, baled and then sent to mills for conversion into new products.
Cascades Recovery is a subsidiary of Cascades Inc. of Kinsey Falls, Que., a $4-billion producer, converter and marketer of tissue products composed mainly of recycled fibers. It employs close to 12,500 employees, who work in more than 100 units located in North America and Europe.

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