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Encorp Atlantic looking forward to positive operational and efficiency changes to N.B.’s Beverage Containers Program

Encorp meeting - Aug 5 2015
Officials from Encorp Atlantic, G.M. Rioux Transport and the Eastern Recylers Association met this week to work out details surrounding the new sorting and processing requirements for the New Brunswick Beverage Containers Program which will come into effect on October 5. In the photo, from left to right: Pierre Landry, General Manager, Encorp Atlantic; Colette Boucher, Controller, Encorp Atlantic; Bruce Rodgers, Executive Director, Eastern Recyclers Association; Mélanie Desjardins, Vice-President, G.M. Rioux Transport; Réjean Rioux, President, G.M. Rioux Transport; and Robert Cole, President, Eastern Recyclers Association.

Encorp Atlantic logoOn April 8, Encorp Atlantic Inc. announced that it had awarded a contract valued at more than $9 million over five years to G.M. Rioux Transport of Grand Falls for the collection, transportation and processing of refund-bearing non-alcoholic beverage containers in New Brunswick. Since then, Encorp officials and Rioux have been hard at work preparing for the transition to the new service provider. NovaPet of Amherst, Nova Scotia, was chosen as the successful bidder for the purchase of all of Encorp’s co-mingled plastics materials.

“Encorp is pleased with the cost savings in transportation, processing and material markets from the innovations put forward during the request for proposal (RFP) process we went through earlier this year,” says Pierre Landry, General Manager of Encorp Atlantic.

“The difference in proponents’ pricing for sort-reduction efficiencies and the same services over the duration of the five-year contract was well over 25 per cent for the collection, processing and materials market, which is quite significant,” he said. “Furthermore, Encorp was able to secure stable markets for all co-mingled plastics in Atlantic Canada. Previously, these materials were recycled in Quebec. The reason for the significant difference in overall proponent pricing for the upcoming contract period is that we are now selling them directly to market. Clearly, the RFP process worked as it should.”

In December 2014, Encorp issued RFPs for collection and transportation, processing, as well as materials management services and subsequently received a number of submissions. For the New Brunswick Beverage Containers Program, the new contracts mean:
• new trucks
• new technology
• fewer sorts for redemption centres
• more funds to New Brunswick’s Environmental Trust Fund

“Our agreement with G.M. Rioux Transport has been signed. This new contract allows us to implement further efficiencies into our recycling process,” Mr. Landry said. “As well, reduced sorting requirements is wonderful news for the province’s redemption centre operators. This was only achievable because of our RFP process and the successful bids by G.M. Rioux and NovaPet.”

G.M. Rioux is scheduled to take over as Encorp’s service provider for the collection, transportation and partial processing of its non-alcoholic beverage containers on October 5. “We’re really looking forward to the new technology they will be bringing into the province and the efficiencies which will result from it,” Mr. Landry said.

Encorp Atlantic Inc. was founded in 1992 as the non-alcoholic beverage distribution industry’s response to the Government of New Brunswick’s Beverage Containers Act, which saw a beverage container deposit/redemption program established in New Brunswick. Every year, Encorp Atlantic manages more than 160 million post-consumer non-alcoholic beverage containers in the province. Since 1992, more than 3.2 billion deposit-bearing non-alcoholic beverage containers have been kept out of provincial landfills, and more than $110 million has been provided to the Government of New Brunswick’s Environmental Trust Fund.

Encorp Atlantic launches new express service at redemption centres in Fredericton, Shediac

Encorp Atlantic has launched an express beverage container recycling services in a few select redemption centres in New Brunswick.

Encorp Atlantic logoFour redemption centres in the Fredericton and Shediac areas are implementing a trial run of Express Service Bags. Customers will be able to collect their New Brunswick deposit-bearing beverage containers in the specially designed bags and then drop them off at one of the participating redemption centres, receiving priority service for a quick cash payout on the spot.

Each “40” Express Service Bag is designed to hold 40 containers and equals a $2 cash payout. Thanks to the pre-determined cash value, customers who show up with their Express Service Bags full of empty beverage containers will be given first priority when visiting the redemption centre, as the containers need not be counted nor sorted in front of them.

“The convenience of not having to wait in line by being able to accept a predetermined cash refund should help speed up the experience of dropping off recyclables for customers as well as maximize workflow in the redemption centres,” says Pierre Landry, General Manager, Encorp Atlantic. “There will be much less time wasted sorting and counting in front of the customers. We think that implementing such a concept only helps to make recycling easier for the public. The easier and more convenient it is for customers to recycle, the more containers they will bring and the more frequent they will visit redemption centres.”

The Express Service Bags will be tried out on a small demographic of 2,500 to 3,000 participants at each redemption centre. Customers who would like to join the program must sign up at one of the following centres:

Encorp express service bag
Encorp Atlantic’s new Express Service Bag service is being tried out at select redemption centres in the Fredericton and Shediac areas. (Click on the photo for a larger version.)

Northside Redemption Centre
213 MacFarlane Street
Fredericton, N.B.

Southside Redemption Centre
70 Timothy Avenue
Hanwell, N.B.

Oromocto Redemption Centre
16 Lewis Street
Oromocto, N.B.

Shediac Redeem Centre
610 Main Street
Shediac, N.B.

Behind the scenes, Encorp will be collecting data and feedback from participants, as well as the participating redemption centre owners. The goal is to adapt and perfect the Express Service Bag concept in order to make it available to other redemption centres in the province in the near future.

The new Express Service Bag concept is part of a series of innovative pilot projects aimed at researching and testing new systems and procedures to make recycling more convenient for the public, increase recycling rates in the province and improve the business model for redemption centre owners. One of these pilot projects is Encorp’s self-serve beverage container drop-off depots in Moncton, known as re-centres. The re-centres are currently being tested on a small demographic in the region. They have received much praise from the public and are helping to shape the model redemption centre of the future.

Encorp Atlantic Inc. provides post-consumer beverage container management services to organizations that distribute deposit-bearing beverage containers in New Brunswick. Every year, Encorp manages more than 160 million post-consumer non-alcoholic beverage containers in the province. Now representing more than 85 distributors of non-alcoholic beverage products in New Brunswick, Encorp is proud to be a leader in industry stewardship, proud of the more than $113 million contributed to New Brunswick’s Environmental Trust Fund, and proud of the more than 3.2 billion containers recycled since 1992.

Encorp Atlantic awards five-year contract to Grand Falls company for provision of services related to NB Beverage Containers Program

Encorp Atlantic logo

(Q&A follows news release)

NEWS RELEASE

April 8, 2015
For immediate release

Encorp Atlantic awards five-year contract to Grand Falls company for provision of services related to New Brunswick Beverage Containers Program

MONCTON, N.B. – Encorp Atlantic Inc. announced today that it has awarded a contract valued at more than $9 million over five years to Gilbert M. Rioux & Fils Ltée of Grand Falls, New Brunswick, for the collection, transportation and partial processing of its non-alcoholic beverage containers.

“This agreement with Gilbert M. Rioux & Fils Ltée will allow us to implement further efficiencies into our recycling process which will return extra funds to the provincial government’s Environment Trust Fund,” said Pierre Landry, General Manager of Encorp Atlantic Inc. “This will be done mainly through a reduction in the number of sorts between types of non-alcoholic beverage containers and other cumulative efficiencies. This is very good news for redemption centre operators, the beverage containers program and for the provincial government.”

Encorp Atlantic Inc. was founded in 1992 as the non-alcoholic beverage distribution industry’s response to the Government of New Brunswick’s Beverage Containers Act, which saw a beverage container deposit/redemption program established in New Brunswick. Every year, Encorp Atlantic manages more than 160 million post-consumer non-alcoholic beverage containers in the province. Since 1992, more than 3.2 billion deposit-bearing non-alcoholic beverage containers have been kept out of provincial landfills, and more than $110 million has been provided to the Government of New Brunswick’s Environmental Trust Fund.

“In December 2014, Encorp issued requests for proposals for collection and transportation, processing, as well as materials management services and subsequently received a number of submissions,” Mr. Landry said. “Following receipt of a number of excellent responses, we reviewed each submission carefully and had them reviewed by an independent committee. After this due diligence was completed, we arrived at a decision on Gilbert M. Rioux & Fils Ltée. We are confident they are the right choice for our current requirements.”

Mr. Landry also thanked the previous contractor, Heberts Recycling Inc., of Miramichi. “The quality of service offered by Heberts has been outstanding over the years. This factor weighed heavily during our deliberations,” he said. “But in the end, we had to take costs, efficiency and the good of the overall system into consideration. We will continue working with Heberts until October, when the new contractor will take over full time after a period of transition. We hope to work with Heberts again in the future.”

When it was established 23 years ago in 1992, the New Brunswick Beverage Containers Program’s intention was to reduce litter and encourage industry to adopt corporate social responsibility/stewardship toward the waste created by the sale and lifecycle management of its post-consumer containers. Since then, Encorp and its industry shareholders have worked in close cooperation with provincial government officials to maximize efficiencies and revenue provided to government for distribution via the Environmental Trust Fund. The New Brunswick Beverage Containers Program is the Fund’s sole source of funding.

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Media contact:

Pierre Landry
General Manager
Encorp Atlantic Inc.
506-389-7322
pierre@encorpatl.ca
www.encorpatl.ca

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Q&A – ENCORP ATLANTIC’S RFP PROCESS
New five-year contract awarded to a New Brunswick company

1. Who is Encorp Atlantic?

Encorp Atlantic Inc. was founded in 1992 as the non-alcoholic beverage distribution industry’s response to the Government of New Brunswick’s Beverage Containers Act, which saw a beverage container deposit/redemption program established in New Brunswick. Every year, Encorp Atlantic manages more than 160 million post-consumer non-alcoholic beverage containers in the province. Since 1992, more than 3.2 billion deposit-bearing non-alcoholic beverage containers have been kept out of provincial landfills, and more than $110 million has been provided to the Government of New Brunswick’s Environmental Trust Fund (ETF).

2. Will there be jobs lost in New Brunswick?

The new five-year contract will represent no net-job losses to New Brunswick. In fact, in the first year or two, we may see a marginal increase in the number of jobs.

3. Will there be more money provided to the ETF?

With increased efficiencies and operational savings, this five-year contract will benefit the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF), which is the only benefactor of the Beverage Containers Program in New Brunswick.

When it was established in 1992, the New Brunswick Beverage Containers Program’s intention was to reduce litter and encourage industry to adopt corporate social responsibility/stewardship toward the waste created by the sale and lifecycle management of its post-consumer containers. Since then, Encorp and its industry shareholders have worked in close cooperation with provincial government officials to maximize efficiencies and revenue provided to government for distribution via the Environmental Trust Fund. The New Brunswick Beverage Containers Program is the Fund’s sole source of funding.

4. How are Redemption Centres impacted by a new service provider contract?

Among the benefits of this new agreement is a reduction in the amount of sorting required by Redemption Centres in New Brunswick. Also, Centres will not be required to remove caps on plastic containers as long as containers are free of any debris.

5. How is the public impacted?

More efficiency at redemption centres translates into faster service with fewer hassles for things such as removing caps on containers.

6. Is progress being made toward improving the overall system?

Current pilot research projects conducted by Encorp Atlantic in the Moncton and Fredericton areas will allow all stakeholders to assess and evaluate a better approach to redeeming post-consumer beverage containers in the future.

• Moncton – (re) centre
• Fredericton – Express Bag

7. Are greenhouse gas emissions a factor in our decision?

An efficient collection system can significantly reduce the number of trucks, and thus greenhouse gas emissions. The technology used by transportation companies is constantly evolving. For instance, current compaction technologies used in the North America recycling industry allow moving greater volumes with less effort and trucks on the road.

Encorp and their service providers have been on the forefront of this approach. Nevertheless, current compaction technology on the market would allow for even more volume efficiencies going forward.

8. Is going to RFP your usual process?

We represent more than 85 distributors of non-alcoholic beverages in New Brunswick. In the RFP process, we looked at various market factors and for the best value possible for all stakeholders. This is a business-to-business transaction and no contract is for life! This is not the first time that Encorp Atlantic has gone to market for service provider contracts. In fact, this is the second time in the last five years. We intend to continue this practice in order to maximize efficiencies – both operational and financial – and to ensure transparency.

The current RFP process commenced on December 1, 2014, with the publication of the following RFPs:

• Collection and transportation
• Processing
• Material market (PET/HDPE and other plastics)

The closing date for proposals was January 30, 2015.

We were seeking proposals for three-year and five-year terms and a reduced sort list. We received four proposals which amounted to multiple options (28 combinations).

9. What kind of notices were provided for in awarding of the RFP?

In order to allow for proper preparation, the RFP allowed for a late start date. All new contracts (2015-2020) will commence on October 5, 2015.

After all due diligence was completed, we arrived at a decision on Gilbert M. Rioux & Fils Ltée of Grand Falls, New Brunswick, for transportation and partial processing. We are confident they are the right choice for our current requirements.

We thanked the previous contractor, Heberts Recycling Inc., of Miramichi. The quality of service offered by Heberts has been outstanding over the years. But in the end, we had to take costs, efficiency and the good of the overall system into consideration. We will continue working with Heberts until October, when the new contractor will take over full time after a period of transition. We hope to work with Heberts again in the future.

Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission kicks off its 2014 composting season

The Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission (GMSC) is opening its composting facility at 399 Delong Drive in Moncton to the public for the 2014 gardening season beginning on Monday, April 28.

Extended spring hours – April 28 to June 27, 2014:

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Regular summer and fall hours – June 28 to October 31, 2014:

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Please note that the site will be closed on statutory holidays: May 19, July 1, August 4, September 1 and October 13, 2014.

“The GMSC looks forward to another busy season providing free compost to the general public from its Moncton composting facility on Delong Drive,” said Commission General Manager Bernard LeBlanc. “We also look forward to meeting all commercial landscaper and municipal user needs with our top-quality ‘AA’ certified compost.”

Information on the GMSC’s compost product and site hours of operation can be obtained directly from its website or by contacting the compost facility directly at 875-7307 or 387-6884.

New beverage container recycling concept launched in Moncton

Re-centre launch - April 22 2014
Encorp Atlantic Inc. General Manager Pierre Landry addresses the media and guests at the launch of Encorp’s exciting new recycling initiative in Moncton. Click on the photo for a larger version. (Photo by Brian Cormier)

Greater Moncton residents will now have an easier and more convenient way to recycle their empty beverage containers. That’s the idea behind (re), a unique pilot project being tested in the Greater Moncton area aimed at revolutionizing beverage container recycling. At the new drop-off self-serve re-centres, busy consumers can recycle their empty beverage containers at their convenience – with the entire process taking less than one minute. The new re-centres were launched today with a news conference and inaugural first bag drop of recyclable containers.

Consumers who want to use the new re-centres need to register online at www.re-centre.ca in order to get a card linked to their account. Consumers can then collect their empty beverage containers, drop them off at their convenience at an unmanned self-serve re-centre unit and receive their New Brunswick deposit-bearing beverage container refund via an online payment system.

Behind the scenes, the (re) team collects and sorts the containers daily, confirming accurate container counts and crediting consumers’ accounts with the appropriate refunds.

The two unmanned solar-powered/off-the-grid re-centres are accessible to the public at 557 Mountain Road and 325 Killam Drive in Moncton. They are open seven days per week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The re-centres’ approach is not only beneficial for busy consumers, but also the environment. “What is really exciting is that we’ve designed our model to have the smallest possible ecological footprint,” said Pierre Landry, General Manager of Encorp Atlantic. “Our mobile drop-off re-centre units are completely off-the-grid thanks to the use of solar power. The units are also made out of recycled shipping containers.”

The (re) pilot-project is an initiative being lead by New Brunswick non-alcoholic beverage product distributors and managed through Encorp Atlantic Inc. which provides post-consumer beverage container management services to organizations that distribute deposit-bearing beverage containers in New Brunswick. Now representing more than 85 distributors of non-alcoholic beverage products in New Brunswick, Encorp Atlantic is proud to be a leader in industry stewardship, proud of the more than $100 million contributed to the Government of New Brunswick’s Environmental Trust Fund, and proud of the three billion containers recycled since 1992.

Landry says the pilot project’s main goal is to improve the business model for redemption centres across New Brunswick. “We’re testing new systems, procedures and technology on a small demographic in order to find out how to make the recycling experience more convenient for customers while improving operations and increasing revenue for redemption centres. We believe the re-centre model’s successful components could be added on or integrated to existing centres to increase public participation in recycling.”

The (re) team is looking to recruit 2,500 households who want to sign up to use the re-centres for their recycling needs within Greater Moncton as part of its 36-month test period. They’ll be able to enjoy the convenience of the re-centres and will provide valuable feedback. Signing up is free and only takes a few minutes on www.re-centre.ca. There are no fees associated with using the re-centres. The website and
online registration launched today, and participants will be able to start bringing their empty beverage containers to the re-centres as of June 1, 2014.

Representatives will also be promoting recycling and recruiting participants at the Earth Day Moncton event on Sunday, April 27, as well as throughout the summer months at the Moncton Market and at numerous festivals and events.

For more information, contact Pierre Landry at 506-389-7320 or pierre@encorpatl.ca.