New railroads and reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG)
In light of Stablex’s efforts to protect the environment, the Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification has provided financial assistance worth approximately $ 600,000 to the company, representing 28% of a total investment of $ 2.2M for the new railway project. This grant is part of a program aiming to reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions through the development of intermodal transportation (PREGTI). This funding program is part of the many initiatives supported by the Green Fund of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change (MDDELCC).
Undeniable environmental benefits
GHG reductions will be achieved thanks to the installation of new railways at the Blainville plant. New rails will allow greater volumes of industrial waste to reach Stablex’s site by rail rather than by road. Total GHG reductions will reach approximately 2,000 tonnes per year.
In addition of their positive effects on the environment, the new railways, which will be built adjacent to those already in place, will allow temporary parking of cars waiting for customs clearance or processing while also optimising operating space flexibility upon waste collection. It is important to mention that the number of weekly arrivals of rail convoys will be maintained at two per week, but that the number of cars per convoy could reach up to 20 in peak periods. When done outside the station, the unloading of cars will continue to be between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm.
In addition, it is the same residual materials, as authorized by Stablex's operating licenses, that will arrive by train. These will mainly consist of contaminated soils, as is currently the case.