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How rural recycling collection in western Ontario benefits from CNG-powered collection equipment

- Troy Walker is vice president, Refuse Division, at Joe Johnson Equipment.


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Rural recycling collection faces many challenges: long distances between pickup locations, smaller material amounts due to low population, and fluctuating volumes as a result of seasonal residents and tourism.

It’s no surprise then that municipalities are looking for service providers who can conduct rural collection in a way that is both feasible and efficient. When tax dollars have to stretch to reach the farthest corners of your county, creative solutions are in high demand and forward-thinkers relentlessly work toward optimizing rural recycling programs.

Huron Park-based Bluewater Recycling Association (BRA) embraces innovation whenever and wherever possible. When the municipalities of Lambton, Middlesex, Huron and Perth wanted to initiate a rural recycling collection and blue box program in the mid- ‘80s, and tender requests remained unanswered by the private sector, the municipalities simply brought the mountain to Mohamed. They founded their own service provider, the Bluewater Recycling Association.

With seven municipalities joining forces, the newly formed association was able to provide a recycling collection service for the rural areas along the shores of Lake Huron without blowing capital expenses out of the water. To this day, BRA is a true success story and unique in its legal form as a non-profit corporation governed by elected representatives from each member municipality.

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ONTARIO, CA, JUNE 12, 2015 - Labrie Environmental Group ("Labrie"), announces the acquisition of 300,000 SqFt North Georgia facility, The facility sits on 125 acres in LaFayette, GA and previously housed a bus manufacturing operation as well as a high end machine shop.

This acquisition represents a key step forward for the Labrie Group by adding a substantial U.S. footprint to its existing Canada and Mexico operations; the three facilities combined bring the Labrie manufacturing groups to 775,000 SqFt on more than 200 acres in North America. The LaFayette facility will bring additional machine shop and fabrication capacity to the group for both aftermarket parts and full line production. Labrie intends to add both Front Loader and Rear Loader production lines to the facility in 2015 and 2016.

Labrie Environmental Group is the leading manufacturer of premier waste collection bodies and solutions in North America with its Corporate Headquarters in Quebec, Canada. You can visit Labrie at www.LabrieGroup.com


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ST NICOLAS, QUEBEC, CA, January 5, 2014 – Labrie Environmental Group (“Labrie”), announces the acquisition and expansion of 60,000 SqFt additional facility on five (5) acres in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. The facility and property are adjacent to EnviroQuip’s existing facility and brings the property to 200,000 SqFt on 25 acres. This expansion will further support the production of the Front Loader and Rear Loader lines in the existing facility and add additional aftermarket parts manufacturing capabilities. 

Labrie Environmental Group is the leading manufacturer of premier waste collection bodies and solutions in North America with its Corporate Headquarters in Quebec, Canada. You can visit Labrie at www.LabrieGroup.com.

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St-Nicolas, Quebec, CA. June 10th 2013 - Labrie Environmental Group strengthens its distribution network by expanding territory coverage of long time distributor Sanitary Equipment Company Inc. to include Massachusetts & Rhode Island

Labrie Environmental Group gears up for growth in the North East with the addition of Massachusetts and Rhode Island to Sanitary Equipment’s current territory of Connecticut. Sanitary Equipment will provide sales, service and parts supply for the Labrie, Leach, Wittke and Pendpac customers in this region. Scott Black from Sanitary Equipment will assume the role of Sales Representative in the new territory. Black brings over 10 years of acquired experience in the truck industry and his ability to be a hands-on player makes him a strong asset for the Massachusetts and Rhode Island markets.

For more than 20 years, Sanitary Equipment has demonstrated its commitment to quality and customer service as a Labrie dealer in Connecticut. “We feel our customers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island will greatly benefit from Sanitary Equipment’s expertise and commitment to customer support.” says Skip Berg, Labrie National Sales Manager.

Labrie EnvironmentalGroup and Sanitary Equipment Company share the same desire and dedication to bringing the best products, service, and problem-solving solutions to their customers. “The addition of Massachusetts and Rhode Island to our territory is a natural fit for our company to expand our presence on the east coast and continue our high standard for refuse equipment sales and service," said Doug Gregory, President of Sanitary Equipment.

About Sanitary Equipment Company Inc.
Sanitary Equipment Company is a second generation family owned business with 48 years of experience serving private and municipal waste haulers. Sanitary offers truck and body sales, compactor and baler parts, hydraulic service and more. Their team of experts is committed to first class service and prompt attention to their customers’ needs. For more information visit www.sanitaryequipment.com


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Peter Johnson,
South Bend IN. Apr 22, 2013.

The city of South Bend is going green with new garbage trucks. Monday, ABC 57 got our first look at the new trucks which are part of the city's new solid waste plan. The plan will save the city money and will cut back on fuel consumption. The trucks run on compressed natural gas. The Director of Central Services says the trucks will save the city about $50,000 a year. "The big thing is it's going to pay for itself. The compressed natural gas vehicle to outfit it is just over $31,000 per truck. We're going to save $2.47 per gallon of fuel. So the payoff is going to be about 2 1/2 years it will pay for itself," said Matt Chlebowski. A grant paid for two of the four trucks and South Bend could get three more by the end of the year