Towards a greener economy: Government of Canada invests in local recycling company

News release

ACOA funding helps Ever Green Recycling upgrade its equipment and reduce wait times 

September 4, 2020 – St. John’s, NL – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency – ACOA 

Local businesses and organizations in Atlantic Canada have been hit hard by COVID-19. That is why Government of Canada support to help businesses improve productivity and maintain jobs is critical, now more than ever, as the region deals with the economic effects of the pandemic. By supporting growth opportunities, the government is equipping businesses and social enterprises with the resources they need to bounce back and thrive. 

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, today announced an investment of $225,000 in Ever Green Recycling.

The funding enabled this local social enterprise to add a
new automatic counting system that can sort a wide variety of containers of multiple sizes and materials. This has allowed Ever Green Recycling to centralize counting operations at its Blackmarsh Road depot, which reduces wait times for customers at its other depots and improves operational efficiency. This unit has already helped Ever Green increase customer container processing by 60 per cent. Before the pandemic, it was able to process 132,000 containers per day and it can now process 210,000 per day.

Today’s announcement is further proof of the Government of Canada’s commitment to helping the environmental sector to grow. Initiatives like this will help get Canadians back to work, while supporting a clean economic recovery.

Quotes

“Social enterprises are an important part of Atlantic Canada’s economy. They advance important social missions, provide work opportunities and support a cleaner environment. This investment in Ever Green Recycling supports technology upgrades that will lead to a more sustainable and efficient operation. Our message to businesses is clear: we are working with you and we will keep working with you to create good local jobs and build a stronger economy in Atlantic Canada.”
- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Ever Green Recycling makes our community more sustainable – and they create good jobs here in St. John’s. Today’s announcement will help them do more of both.”
-  The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl
 
“Social enterprises can be both employers of people and engaged in research and development-based innovation. Ever Green has learned that, as a social enterprise, it has been able to engage a range of public and private sector partners. Innovation and development of related lines of business can create new employment opportunities and supportive revenue streams. Innovation, especially the effective use of technology, can support employee performance and, more importantly, sustain employment of our people.”
-   Mike Wadden, President and CEO of Ever Green Recycling

Quick facts

  • Ever Green Recycling is a non-profit organization and social enterprise that has helped Newfoundland and Labrador residents recycle their beverage containers since 1993. It continues to expand its environmental services to households and businesses while providing meaningful employment opportunities for individuals with mental health illnesses.

  • ACOA provided a conditionally repayable contribution of $225,000 for equipment upgrades through the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program. Ever Green Recycling is also contributing $225,000 towards the project.

  • Ever Green Recycling handles approximately 22 per cent of Newfoundland and Labrador’s deposit-return beverage containers. The company also operates a materials recycling facility for processing glass, plastics, cardboard, newsprint and paper for commercial clients.

  • Each year, a total of 78 Ever Green employees achieve up to 60 weeks of EI-insurable hours. Just over 55 per cent, or 43 employees, are clients who have mental health challenges.

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Contacts

Alexander Cohen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Economic
Development and Official Languages
alexander.cohen@canada.ca

Paul McGrath
Director of Communications
ACOA NL
709-772-2984
paul.mcgrath@canada.ca

Mike Wadden
President and CEO
Ever Green Recycling
709-758-5352
mike.wadden@greencan.ca

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