April 19, 2004

NorskeCanada names Vancouver, Canadian Fibre its suppliers of the year

NorskeCanada's paper recycling division has named the city of Vancouver and Canadian Fibre its 2003 suppliers of the year for recovered paper. In choosing the city and its processing and marketing contractor Canadian Fibre for the award, the division cited the way they work together to provide quality recovered newspapers, magazines and telephone directories, their service efficiency, timely response, and reliability and flexibility in shipping performance.

Presenting the award to Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell and Canadian Fibre representative JJ Song, Doug McLeod, the division's purchasing director, said the award also recognizes the city's dedication to the environment. "What the city of Vancouver does shows that recycling works," McLeod said. "When our recycling facility was completed in 1991, the recycling rate for old newspapers in B.C. was about 40%. It's now about 70%. That's a tribute to the active and sometimes exuberant participation of everyone in our province who recycles."

McLeod also noted that the city's efforts would not work without the participation of private sector companies like Canadian Fibre which collect, process and market recyclables.

Vancouver's blue box and apartment recycling programs collect about 11.7 million kg of old newspapers every year. These newspapers go to Canadian Fibre, which sends them to NorskeCanada's recycling facility in Coquitlam where they are pulped, de-inked and used by NorskeCanada's mills to make new paper products.

Vancouver-based NorskeCanada is North America's third-largest producer of groundwood printing papers. The company also produces market kraft pulp. Its paper recycling division is the largest paper recycling facility in western Canada, producing 145,000 tonnes of de-inked pulp annually.

More information is available from Doug McLeod at NorskeCanada, 604/527-2388.

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