The Northwest Redwater Partnership (NWR) is proud of its waste recycling score.
NWR recently announced that workers managed to divert just over 95 per cent of waste generated during construction of the now complete Sturgeon Refinery. Rows of giants bins were in place at the diesel plant to keep wood, drywall, aluminum, steel, organics, concrete, bottles and other waste materials out of landfills.
NWR reports that some of the waste, including wood – which amounted to 50 per cent of the materials collected – was reused or recycled into other products.
“Other forms of waste, such as scrap steel, aluminum, and insulated wire actually generated a small amount of revenue for each pound that was hauled away to a local scrap metal recycler where it was melted down, refined, and made into a wide array of new products,” NWR said in a statement on Wednesday.
The total combined weight of the scrap metal, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, was over 6.6 million pounds, the equivalent of 37 Columbia Space Shuttles, NWR said.
Water, pop and juice bottles were also targets of the refinery’s recycling efforts. The plant had recycling bins set up in every permit shack, office trailer and lunch room and collected over three million beverage containers.
“Lined up end to end, that’s enough to stretch from the refinery to the United States border,” NWR said.
The refinery raised over $500,000 by trading in the drink bottles and scrap materials, money then donated to community groups in Sturgeon County and the surrounding area.
“Students have access to archery sets, iPads and playgrounds that they didn’t before. Libraries have expanded literacy programs and resources. Volunteer fire departments have replaced bunker gear. Food banks have supplied one of life’s basic necessities to local families,” NWR said.
NWR is now hoping others will join in the recycling efforts. The Waste into Worth challenge asks community groups to come up their own plans and initiatives for keeping materials out of landfills. NWR is inviting groups to apply for funding to get their projects started. Winning applications will be awarded up to $3000.