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Northstar Clean Technologies to Host Site Opening Event for Its Asphalt Shingle Reprocessing Facility in Calgary

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Once fully operational, the Empower Calgary Facility is expected to have a carbon footprint 60 per cent lower than the base case of landfill and asphalt replacement with virgin production.

Photo 1: Site for Empower Calgary Facility (as of September 9, 2023) (CNW Group/Northstar Clean Technologies Inc.)

CALGARY — On Wednesday, September 20, Northstar Clean Technologies Inc., a Calgary-based clean technology company, will be hosting a site opening event, at the location for the development of its first commercial facility for reprocessing asphalt roofing shingles in Calgary, Alberta.

The Empower Calgary Facility is the first facility of its kind to be built in North America and this will be the first commercial facility for Northstar.

Northstar’s proprietary clean technology enables the breakdown of asphalt roofing shingles, the most popular roofing material in North America and one of the top 5 largest contributors to construction & demolition (C&D) waste, into its three primary components: liquid asphalt, fiber, and aggregate.

The Empower Calgary Facility, operating at full capacity, is expected to divert approximately 40,000 tonnes of asphalt shingles per year away from Calgary area landfills, which equates to over 60,000 barrels of oil.

Once fully operational, the Empower Calgary Facility is expected to have a carbon footprint 60 per cent lower than the base case of landfill and asphalt replacement with virgin production.

The company intends to make the call to Calgary and surrounding area householders to “Make sure your contractors are bringing all their roof shingles to Northstar” starting in Q1/Q2 2024.

Northstar was granted $7.088M from Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) in its Circular Economy Challenge earlier this year. The Company was awarded 100 per cent of its request, which demonstrates significant provincial support for our project and our clean technology.

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) provided a $8.75M loan to the company to support construction of the Empower Calgary Facility.

According to a May 2022 official statement from the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer’s Association (ARMA), the asphalt shingle manufacturing industry has a goal to divert up to 100 per cent of landfill disposal by 2050, which based on production estimates would require over 400 Northstar facilities across North America. Landfills across Canada and the United States are estimated to receive approximately 16.5 million tonnes of shingles every year, which equates to over 20 million barrels of oil.

Northstar will start deploying new facilities after the Empower Calgary Facility is commissioned in 2024 and will build Toronto and the first US plant starting in 2025.

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