Canadian Manufacturing

Walmart Canada investing $175M in zero-waste fulfillment centre

The company says it will reduce consumption through efficient lighting, power use and utilizing EV fleet vehicles

July 26, 2018  by Cleantech Canada Staff

SURREY, B.C.—Walmart Canada has announced plans to invest more than $175 million to build a new 300,000 square foot fresh, frozen grocery facility in Surrey, B.C.

Walmart says the centre will be a zero-waste facility when it opens in early 2022.

Construction is slated to begin in early 2021, and the project is expected to create between 150 to 200 new jobs.

“Walmart Canada is delighted to build our new fulfillment centre in Surrey,” said John Bayliss, senior vice-president, logistics and supply chain, Walmart Canada. “We believe that our zero-waste, sustainable facility will be a great fit for this community. We are also looking forward to working closely with the outstanding universities and colleges in Greater Vancouver to connect with highly-skilled individuals and offer employment opportunities.”

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Specific sustainability features will include:

  • Energy efficient LED lighting and intelligent controls, reducing lighting energy consumption by 70 per cent
  • Alternative battery cell (lithium) to reduce overall power consumption at the site
  • Efficient refrigeration systems using environmentally preferable, CFC free carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • HVAC system designed to reclaim heat rejected from the refrigeration system to heat offices and radiant under floor heating
  • Use of electric Walmart fleet vehicles travelling to and from the facility

The centre will provide fresh and frozen grocery items to 60 stores within B.C.