Canadian Resource Recovery Council forms

CRRC represents energy-from-waste providers and advocates in Canada.

August 12, 2014
REW Staff

The Canadian Resource Recovery Council (CRRC) has formed in Canada with a mission to be a new voice for “the resource recovery industry in Canada.”

CRRC President John Foden says the Toronto-based CRRC will “pick up the torch to support an industry that has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade.”

The CRRC is “rising from the ashes of the defunct but highly successful Canadian Energy-From-Waste Coalition,” the new group states in a news release.

“Governments across Canada recognize now that waste is a resource,” says Foden. “The CRRC will work collaboratively with decision makers to create progressive policies and regulations that support the increased utilization and development of resource recovery protocols that are consistent with the principles of extended producer responsibility, the integrated waste hierarchy, and zero waste.”

The CRRC says it seeks to promote the most sustainable means of treating residual, pre-disposal waste while “recognizing that advanced resource recovery solutions, including energy from waste, are fundamentally linked to effective and proactive recycling and other diversion efforts.”

The CRRC says it also supports the designation of energy generated via resource recovery processes as renewable baseload power that should qualify for premium energy. “We’ll work to encourage commercially viable energy from traditional waste sources, but we’ll remain neutral about technology,” says Foden. “Combustion, conversion, composting – it’s all diversion and will surely move us toward where we need to be.”

Government and industry should come together to recognize waste as a renewable resource, says Foden. Canada’s residential recovery rate stands at around 23 percent, “but this represents only about 35 percent of the solid waste stream,” according to the CRRC.

The industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors generate approximately 65 percent of all discarded material, says the group. “We can no longer afford to have these vast quantities of residual material lying squandered in the ground,” says Foden.

A progressive price for renewable energy generated from resource recovery processes will make these facilities more cost effective, help to strengthen a budding industry and create more jobs, says CRRC. “We want to build a big tent that embraces all effective energy-from-waste and resource recovery technologies,” says Foden. “We’re hoping to support Canadian policymakers so that we’re not leaving future generations with the difficult choices that ours has been unwilling or unable to make.”

The CRRC says it represents industry, associations and “other stakeholders committed to sustainable environmental policies and working collaboratively towards a policy regime that recognizes waste as a resource.”

Founding members include the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, the Power Workers Union, the Ontario Environment Industry Association, Aquilini Renewable Energy, Entech-REM, Hitachi Zosen, Golder Associates and Ramboll.