Tomlinson’s new construction materials recycling centre allows “one container” high volume waste processing


    – Special to The Ottawa Construction News

    Tomlinson has opened a new construction materials recycling and recovery centre in Carp, which the company says is a state-of-the-art facility and environmental resource for the local construction industry and homeowners tackling their own renovation or construction projects.

    “We have taken the lessons learned from almost 20 years of recycling this type of material and combined that knowledge with the latest technology to allow us to stretch the limits of the quantity and quality of the waste material that can be recovered,” said Lee Timmins, Tomlinson’s assistant manager of projects and municipal business development. “The result of this combination will be a significant decrease in the amount of waste heading to landfills in our region.”

    The centre, which opened May 16 near Highway 417 in the Carp Rd. business corridor, can process more than 50 tonnes of construction debris and remnant material per hour, up to 500 tonnes each day.

    The company says the goal is to recover or recycle a minimum of 80 per cent of the construction materials delivered for processing. “Businesses and homeowners will benefit from the ease of placing all their construction waste in one container and the confidence that the centre will sort and reclaim materials, diverting up to 110,000 tonnes a year of waste from landfills,” Tomlinson says in a news release.

    The centre will support recycling and recovery efforts for all manner of construction materials, including source separation of cardboard and plastic, reclaiming construction materials like aggregates, rock and concrete, which can be crushed and reused, recycling of metals and wood, and the conversion of mixed materials into biomass or fuel sources.

    In a construction market where both builders and homeowners continue to embrace sustainability and environmentally conscious concepts like LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and BOMA BEST (Building Owners and Managers Association Building Environmental Standards), having a facility where residents, contractors and builders can bring materials to be recycled or reclaimed instead of being taken to a landfill can have a significant influence on a project’s environmental impact, Tomlinson says.

    John Herbert, executive director of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) said he is “extremely pleased that Tomlinson will be providing such a sophisticated recycling service that will support the tremendous reductions in waste material achieved by the homebuilding industry in Ottawa over the past decade.”

    The centre at106 Westhunt Dr., is open Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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