Soil washing plant to be the first in Canada

Locally-owned concrete, asphalt and aggregate recycling firm Calgary Aggregate Recycling Inc. (CAR) has announced a major investment in the development of a new C&D waste recycling plant.

Designed and engineered by wet processing industry experts CDE, the plant will processconstruction and demolition waste as well as contaminated soils, one of Alberta’s most abundant waste streams.

Set to be commissioned at CAR’s existing recycling facility in south east Calgary, the contaminated soils wash plant will be the first of its kind in Canada and only the third in North America. The other two are also designed and engineered by CDE. The first was commissioned in New York state in 2020, with the second Maryland in 2022.

When operational in the fall of 2022, CAR’s soil refuse facility will have the capacity to recycle up to 600,000 tons of excavated material annually, diverting significant volumes of high-value construction materials from landfill and channelling them back into the construction industry as premium recycled sand and aggregate products.

“We are privileged to work alongside Calgary Aggregate Recycling Inc. to deliver the first C&D waste recycling system of its kind in Canada,” said Commenting on the project, CDE’s business development manager for Canada, Adrian Convery.

“The resulting solution will represent all that we strive for in pursuit of a circular economy, facilitating the diversion of vast tonnages of material from landfill, transforming them into high-grade recycled sand and aggregates for the construction industry, while simultaneously restoring land for future use and driving down CO2 emissions.”

CAR’s soil refuse solution will divert over 510,000 tons of soil from landfill and reduce carbon emissions in Alberta by an estimated 22,567 tons annually.

“At Calgary Aggregate, our mission is to reduce the cost of construction – socially, environmentally and economically,” said Calgary Aggregate Recycling Inc. president, Travis Powell.

“With the support from ERA (Emissions Reduction Alberta) and the Government of Alberta, we are pleased to construct Canada’s first C&D waste recycling plant to disrupt the out-of-date practices in the construction industry with economical and viable solutions to position Alberta as a leader in sustainable and responsible construction.”