Niagara Region moves forward with sale of Material Recycling Facility in Niagara Falls
Niagara Region is proceeding with the sale of the Material Recycling Facility (Recycling Centre) in Niagara Falls. Following a public procurement process initiated in December 2021, Emterra Environmental is the successful proponent for the purchase of the Region’s facility.
In addition to purchasing the facility, Emterra Environmental will enter into a short-term operations contract to process and market recycling materials collected through the residential curbside collection program. Niagara Region will continue to deliver curbside collection services that include recycling, waste and organic materials through their contracts with Miller Waste and GFL.
The sale of the Material Recycling Facility prepares Niagara Region for upcoming changes to residential recycling programs across the province. In June 2021, the Province of Ontario introduced new Blue Box regulations under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act. The new Provincial Blue Box program regulation will make producers of products and packaging fully responsible for the cost and operation of the Blue Box program in Ontario.
Starting July 1, 2023, Ontario municipalities will begin to transition out of the collection and processing of residential recycling programs, with the last municipalities transitioning out by Dec. 31, 2025. Niagara Region is set to transition out on Jan. 1, 2024.
Emterra Environmental is currently in the 60-day due-diligence period. The transaction remains conditional until Emterra Environmental concludes its due diligence activities. A closing date is set for spring 2023.
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