A global leader in sustainable energy, water, and waste solutions, Veolia North America (VNA) is pleased to announce its support of the 19th annual Waste Reduction Week in Canada from October 19-25, 2020.
As the champion of ecological transformation and a leader in circular economy, Veolia has developed several circular models to help manage and reduce a large variety of waste streams. From hazardous waste to non-hazardous waste, Veolia in Canada meets the challenges of industries, businesses, cities, healthcare, campuses, and governments with a complete range of environmental solutions to address their environmental and sustainability challenges in energy, water and waste.
Today's global economy is only 8.6 percent circular. In 2019, of the 110 billion tons of materials used within the global economy, more than 100 billion tons were completely discarded rather than reused. Circular economic models can be utilized across all industries to change that.
Canada’s Waste Reduction Week is a unique program focused solely on the promotion of the principles of the circular economy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction. The program’s primary purpose is to celebrate our environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging innovative ideas and solutions. VNA is eager to take part in this celebration and share its existing circular economy solutions already implemented with its customers.
In Toronto, ON, at the City of Toronto’s Disco Road Organics Processing Facility, Veolia processes and transforms 55% of its Toronto residential curbside collected food and organic waste into biogas and digester solids. While a portion of the biogas is used to provide heating for the facility and for the functioning of the anaerobic digestion system, the remaining biogas will be, starting in 2021, upgraded to renewable natural gas and injected into Ontario’s natural gas grid. Veolia is also converting the 50% of the biosolids generated at the Ashbridges Bay Biosolids Facility into a fertilize pellet that is used for agricultural purposes throughout southern Ontario.
In St Hyacinthe, QC, Veolia owns and operates the first used oil regeneration plant in the province creating an infinite life cycle of resources in addition to implementing a system of regeneration that respects the environment and reduces the release of toxic pollutants in the community.
In Pickering, ON, Veolia’s lamp recycling facility provides a sustainable, circular economy solution to responsibly manage this waste stream within Canada. While the plant’s primary purpose is to provide lamp-recycling services for customers across Ontario and other Canadian provinces, various electronics and mercury-bearing wastes can also be handled for customers as needed.
Earlier this summer, Veolia in North America launched a new campaign focused on helping businesses adopt circular models that increase profits and protect valuable resources. The campaign includes the release of a new e-book, Join the Circular Economy, as well as a new landing page outlining the positive economic and environmental impacts of a circular shift and how this process can mitigate risk and strengthen a company’s business model, particularly in the waste market.