Tour of Recycling & Waste Recovery Facilities, Niagara Falls Region

Thu, May 26, 2011 - Thu, May 26, 2011

Hosted in partnership by:


Niagara Region

 City of Hamilton

Covanta Energy

JBI Inc.

Canadian Energy-From-Waste Coalition

Canadian Plastics Industry Association  

Who should attend?

This opportunity should not be missed by brand owners, retailers, elected officials, government regulators, plastics converters, and others!

The Niagara Falls region in both Ontario and New York state features all the key elements in a fully Integrated Waste Management System for solid waste. This tour is your opportunity to see leading edge recycling & energy recovery facilities, and learn how they handle waste streams in an environmentally and economically sustainable way.

Why should you join the tour?  

Participants will gain:  

    • A heightened awareness of sorting and recycling technologies for materials collected via the Blue Box (e.g. full range of plastics)
    • Essential first-hand experience to assist in the development of business models for sustainable packaging
    • Exposure to developments in other jurisdictions that will inform public and private input into the development of future waste diversion strategies and policies
    • A better appreciation of technologies available to manage waste as a resource and recover energy from non-recyclable residual waste  

    What you will see?

    Visit # 1:  A highly automated, large scale, multi-material sorting facility (MRF) managing a full range of plastics and other material

    Niagara Region, 4935 Kent Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2H 1J6

    Using optical sorting technology, the Niagara Region MRF manages the full stream of Blue Box materials, from film to rigid plastic household containers (including clamshells, egg cartons, foam food trays, protective packaging, etc.).  Once processed, Niagara markets the plastic locally. This unique plant also creates a value-added product from mixed broken glass and generates additional revenue by processing Region of Waterloo fibre material under contract.  The facility has recently invested in the latest automated technologies for sorting.

    In addition to a tour of this facility, participants will hear from expert presenters on:

      1. The reprocessing and end-use applications for the mixed bales of sorted plastics and film;
      2. Hamilton's Blue Box program, including its marketing efforts, with an emphasis on plastics. Attendees will also hear about the release of Hamilton’s upcoming RFP for Material Recycling Facility operations.

      Visit # 2:  An award-winning energy from-waste (EFW) plant using residual waste streams to produce clean power.

      Covanta Energy Corporation, 100 Energy Blvd @ 56th Street, Niagara Falls, NY, USA

      Covanta Energy operates an energy recovery plant in Niagara Falls, New York, USA. This facility demonstrates how an industry leader produces clean, sustainable energy from residual waste streams, supplying electricity and steam for adjacent industrial customers. As partner in the recently approved Durham Region EFW plant, Covanta representatives will provide important insight into the first “greenfield” EFW facility built in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in almost twenty (20) years.

      Visit # 3: A pilot plant showcasing an emerging technology that converts residual plastic waste into fuels. 

      JBI, Inc. (Plastics to Oil plant), 20 Iroquois Street, Niagara Falls, NY, USA

      JBI converts plastics-to-fuel and natural gas, ensuring that the embedded energy in residual plastics is managed and conserved as an important and useful resource, rather than treated as a disposable waste. JBI’s fully automated process vaporizes plastics and cracks their hydrocarbon chains using a proprietary catalyst.  The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) has recently granted the plant a consent order to  operate commercially.

      How can you join the tour?

      Please fill in the registration form and return it to the CPIA by May 13, 2011.

      Participants will travel by bus and have the option of joining the tour in either Toronto or Burlington. The pick-up and drop-off timing are as follows:

      8:00 a.m.  Pick-up: Toronto (Hwy 427 & Queensway)

      9:00 a.m.  Pick-up: Burlington (QEW & Brant St.)

      9:45 a.m.  Niagara Regional MRF Tour & Presentations

      12:30 p.m.  Covanta Energy has generously agreed to host lunch.

      3:00 p.m.   JBI

      4:45 p.m.   Drop-off: Burlington

      5:30 p.m.   Drop-off: Toronto

      Participants may also choose to join the tour by travelling directly to the Niagara Region MRF.

      CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM – Deadline May 13, 2011 

      Important travel information: Please note that this tour will cross into the US so all participants will require valid travel documents (Passport or Enhanced Driver’s License).

      If you have questions, please call:

      Cathy Cirko, Vice President CPIA

      T. 905-678-7748 x234