Municipal Affairs and Environment
July 24, 2018

The following is being released on behalf of the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board:

New Plant Demonstrates Innovation in Plastics Recycling

Today, the Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment and Minister Responsible for the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB), attended the official opening of Hebert’s Recycling Inc.’s new recycling plant. Minister Parsons was joined by Kevin Sargent, CEO of Hebert’s Recycling Inc., and officials from the MMSB for a tour and a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the launch of the large private-sector facility in Mount Pearl.

Hebert’s Recycling Inc. developed the new processing plant after being awarded a contract with the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board to purchase all of its plastics. Through its strategic investment in new technology and a new plant, the company changed the way containers are collected, baled, and processed in Newfoundland and Labrador. The new process has led to the creation six new jobs and allows products to be produced in the province providing environmental and economic benefits to residents.

The innovative technology and new location enables the company to process 78 million plastic containers annually and sell them to global companies which specialize in manufacturing rigid and flexible packaging for the pharmaceutical, medical device, food, and beverage markets. Through the use of state-of-the-art equipment that includes conveyors, electro-magnetic technology, granulators, air powered elutriation systems and various line sorters, the plant removes impurities and contamination and then grinds it into “flake”. The plant generates material at 99.1% purity, which attracts better prices in post-consumer commodities markets.

Over the past 20 years, more than 2.6 billion beverage containers have been recycled in Newfoundland and Labrador. Last year, the MMSB’s Beverage Container Recycling program kept 180 million containers out of landfills, extending the lives of those landfills, protecting the natural landscape and conserving natural resources.

“We are pleased to work with Hebert’s Recycling Inc. and I congratulate the company on its success in collecting and processing recyclable materials. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have embraced recycling, a vital environmental initiative for our province, and this initiative aligns with our government’s commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability. The new plant increases the economic value added to MMSB’s Beverage Recycling Program, contributing to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and creating new green jobs."
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment
Minister Responsible for the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board

“We were very pleased to provide a tour of our new plant, which is the flagship of our processing operation. Hebert’s Recycling Inc. is proud to be investing in Newfoundland and Labrador and we are proud of our role in supporting sustainability goals in Newfoundland and Labrador. This new plant strengthens Hebert’s Recycling Inc.’s position as a leader in waste management innovation in our province."
Kevin Sargent
CEO, Hebert’s Recycling Incorporated

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Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-2575; 725-4321

Kevin Sargent
Hebert’s Recycling Incorporated

2018 07 24                              10:55 a.m.