Cascades and Tricentris Announce Major Recycling Partnership

Cascades and Tricentris Announce Major Recycling Partnership

Cascades, Kingsey Falls, Que., Canada, and Tricentris, Lachute, Que., Canada, this week announced that they have signed a three-year partnership agreement. As part of this deal, Tricentris will supply all of the paperboard recovered at its three sorting facilities (Lachute, Terrebonne, and Gatineau) to Cascades. This alliance between two of Quebec's leaders in paperboard recovery and recycling is all the more important because of its benefits for the environment and the local economy.

For these two organizations, this deal will sustain the momentum they share from several other successful collaborations. During the next three years, 75,000 metric tons of paperboard obtained through selective collection and sorted by Tricentris will be transferred to Cascades. Sourced from the recycling bins of the 1.9 million Quebec residents served by Tricentris, this material will be used to manufacture Cascades products made with recycled fibers. The materials are therefore used, sorted, and processed entirely within Quebec. 

"Besides making total sense from an environmental standpoint, this deal, which is valued at more than $10 million, will help to drive the local economy. With the two businesses' Lachute operations just 11 km apart, this partnership also minimizes the environmental footprint associated with transporting the materials. This added advantage is perfectly consistent with the values and vision of both Cascades and Tricentris," explained Frédéric Potvin, GM of Tricentris. 

"By teaming up, Cascades and Tricentris are propelling the circular economy and proving that economic growth and the preservation of our natural resources can go hand in hand. We take great pride in the fact that we manufacture premium products while also giving those materials a second life," said Luc Langevin, president and COO, Cascades Specialty Products Group.

To spread the good news, Cascades and Tricentris released a short video on their respective Facebook pages showing how paperboard is transformed from recycling bin filler to one of these premium products. Making an appearance is David Heurtel, minister of sustainable development, the environment, and the fight against climate change, who commends both teams for their "outstanding initiative supporting Quebec's circular economy and providing one more example of a modern, green, and thriving economy."

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