The Emterra Group, the City of Regina’s new curbside recycling contractor, is right now building its “world class, state-of-the-art” material recovery facility (MRF) at the Global Transportation Hub in west Regina.
Emterra, awarded a 10 year contract by the City in 2012, has begun construction on a 45,000 square foot operation that will be capable of processing over 50,000 tonnes of recyclables annually. The company will invest more than $18 million in the development, which will create about 75 jobs during the construction phase and up to 30 full-time jobs. The facility, to be built on a five hectare site, is scheduled to begin operation on July 1, 2013.
Saskatchewan Minister Responsible for the GTH and Chair of its Board of Directors, the Hon. Bill Boyd said the province is pleased to welcome Emterra to the GTH. “The province’s strategic plan for growth has helped the GTH project become an important business and investment opportunity.” Boyd said.
“The GTH is Saskatchewan’s commitment to developing a supply chain, logistics and transportation infrastructure that will support global trade for generations to come. Emterra is the first company to take advantage of the GTH and its most recent infrastructure project completed in the fall of 2012, at a cost of $32.8 million,” the minister added.
Regina Mayor Michael Fougere said “the establishment of Emterra’s MRF moves the City of Regina one more step toward implementing its curbside recycling program and ensuring Regina’s future sustainability. The Global Transportation Hub continues to attract national players to the region and strengthens Regina’s reputation as a warehouse and distribution leader.”
Emterra operates waste resources collection and/or processing and marketing services for over 80 Canadian Communities, serving 10 per cent of Canada’s population.
“When we begin operation, our Regina facility will provide up to 30 jobs immediately for local residents,” says Emterra Group founder and CEO, Emmie Leung. “We are already contributing to the regional economy by hiring local contractors, construction companies and other local service providers during construction.”
Leung said that Emterra’s experience in working with the GTH team to find solutions to its operational needs has been outstanding. “The GTH team has been very responsive and has succeeded in making the process to locate at the GTH efficient and seamless.”