A paper recycling plant is now used to recycle paper from the paper mill that was destroyed when the wind farm in central Alberta went up.
The facility in the town of Wapiti is owned by First Nations and is one of a handful in the province that can recycle paper.
The company that owns it, First Nations Paper, says it has spent $5 million refurbishing the facility to make it more efficient and environmentally friendly.
“The cost savings is $5,000 a year, and it’s very important to us to save energy, and the environmental benefits of recycling,” said Terry Wambach, the company’s chief operating officer.
He says it is the only plant in the industry that does not need to be maintained.
He said the plant has been used for about 40 years.
The paper mill was destroyed in May when the Wind Energy East wind farm on the edge of town went up and destroyed hundreds of trees.
Wapitis paper mill, which processes approximately 2,000 tonnes a day, was decommissioned in December 2018.
The plant produces paper for paper mills, paper packaging and paper products.
It was decomissioned in March 2019 and is no longer in use.
First Nations’ Paper said it has been using the plant since 2015.
It’s not the first time First Nations has been able to recycle used paper.
In 2017, the province began offering a rebate for businesses that recycle paper and that process took about three months.
The program is expected to grow by about 40 per cent by 2020.
“Our goal is to continue to see these efficiencies in paper recycling as we continue to build our capacity,” Wambath said.