Terrapure Environmental and Vale Canada have now won so many awards for their innovative mine tailings rehabilitation project that their team members have almost lost count.
The Burlington-based advanced waste management and field services company broke ground when they approached Vale’s Sudbury Operations in 2012 with an idea to solve a municipal and mining problem.
They wanted to apply treated biosolids to Vale’s Central Tailings Area in Copper Cliff for reclamation and revegetation. The result of the discussion was a wildly successful collaboration. Last May, both companies jointly won an Environmental Leader Award for Project of the Year. By June, they took home a Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Award, among others.
To date, they have diverted over 100,000 tonnes of biosolids from disposal and treated more than 175 acres of mine-impacted land in providing a natural habitat to the surrounding area.
Their efforts have been recognized as a win-win situation for recycling municipal waste and finding a sustainable solution to tailings reclamation. Biosolids is the name for different kinds of treated sewer sludge that can be used for nutrients in soil.
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