Edmonton, Alberta, has opened a mixed construction and demolition (C&D) recycling facility.

The facility at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre cost $4.3 million and uses mechanical and manual sorting to separate mixed loads of material into various re-usable commodities, the city said in a news release.

The new C&D recycling facility can process 100,000 metric tons of mixed C&D material per year. Officials expect the facility to recover up to 70 percent of the material for recycling.

It is estimated that Alberta recycles only 10 to 15 percent of C&D waste currently. C&D waste comprises about one-quarter of all municipal solid waste landfilled in the province, according to Alberta Environment and Water.

To qualify as a mixed load, at least 75 percent of an individual load must be composed of wood, metal, drywall, asphalt/concrete, asphalt shingles, cardboard and paper.

 “Edmonton is a leader in waste management, and this new mixed C&D recycling

facility will help us meet our goal of diverting more non-residential waste from landfill,” said Councillor Don Iveson.