TC Transcontinental Packaging’s Richmond, British Columbia plant, Transcontinental Flexstar, has installed a regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO), a high caliber pollution abatement system. The 50,000 standard cubic feet per minute Ship & Shore Environmental RTO will now capture the plant’s volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and air pollutants emitted from the facility’s various exhaust streams, including from the printing presses, laminators, as well as ink room operations. TC Transcontinental Packaging has invested close to $2 million in this project, allowing Transcontinental Flexstar to improve air quality, both indoors and outdoors.
“One of our goals is to reduce the environmental footprint of our activities, namely by fostering a forward-thinking culture within our business units,” notes Brian Reid, president, TC Transcontinental Printing and TC Transcontinental Packaging. “Air quality is a top concern, and we are always aiming to limit and control air pollutants, both at the source by choosing new products, and through the exhaust systems of our plants, by capturing VOCs. We are pleased with this project at Transcontinental Flexstar.”
Adds Marc Bray, GM of Transcontinental Flexstar: “As part of TC Transcontinental Packaging’s commitment towards compliance and social responsibility, our plant was looking to control and capture VOCs. The installation of this regenerative thermal oxidizer significantly reduces our plant’s emissions by more than 90 percent. Additionally, we are proud to be the first flexible packaging company in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland to have a system of this caliber.”
Transcontinental Flexstar is part of TC Transcontinental Packaging’s network of 28 plants. Specializing in blown extrusion, printing, lamination and converting, including pouch making and bi-directional laser scoring, for the cereal, confectionery and snack markets, Transcontinental Flexstar services a broad range of customers in North America.
"We are delighted to see this project's completion with TC Transcontinental Packaging, a company undergoing rapid expansion in flexible packaging. Our advanced RTO technology reduces emissions in a safe and controlled environment while increasing operational efficiency, decreasing costs and minimizing environmental impacts. Our packaging clients benefit from our extensive printing process knowledge and our ability to meet strict environmental standards. We are very familiar with the local environmental regulations, site requirements and process needs in Canada," says Anoosheh Oskouian, CEO of Ship & Shore Environmental, Inc.