New provincial regulations take effect next month that expand recycling efforts in B.C. which in turn has lead to expansions for an Okanagan company.
The changes increase the types of materials to be recycled and shift some of the costs from government to business.
At the Cascades Recovery facility in Kelowna, recyclables are sorted, bailed and shipped to end users in the United States and China.
The company has won a new contract to process materials collected from much of southern B.C. which will increase production at the facility by about 40%.
Plant manager, Deanne Stephenson, says the company has invested in new equipment to be more efficient and will increase its 45 person staff by about a dozen workers.
“It’s really good news for us in Kelowna,” says Stephenson.
Cascade’s new contract kicks in next month and runs for four years with renewal options for a further two years.