RENEWABLE
NATURAL GAS

What's with the cows?

You have likely reached this page after scanning the QR code on the side of our newest vehicle and you are wondering why we have chosen to display a cow's posterior on the side of our trucks.  The answer is simple, it's how we power this new vehicle.  Yes, it runs on cow gas.

The Bluewater Recycling Association has been using compressed natural gas (CNG) to fuel most of its fleet since 2014.  It has enabled us to reduce smog generating emissions by 90% in those vehicles.  As a side benefit, our vehicles are also 90% quieter when collecting in your neighbourhood and this is accomplished while remaining fiscally responsible since using natural gas costs significantly less than diesel.  Renewable natural gas allows us to improve our environmental performance even more.

Natural gas is a fossil fuel because it is made from biogenic sources formed over millions of years by the action of heat and pressure on organic materials. Alternatively, renewable natural gas (RNG), also known as biomethane, is a pipeline-quality vehicle fuel. It is produced by purifying biogas, which is generated by the anaerobic digestion of organic materials such as waste from livestock. RNG qualifies as an advanced biofuel. Because RNG is chemically identical to fossil-derived conventional natural gas, it can use the existing natural gas distribution system but must be compressed for use in vehicles.

We use natural gas because it is clean burning, plentiful, and it makes our trucks a lot quieter.  This new vehicle essentially runs on the same type of fuel with the same benefits except it comes from cows.  Specifically, cow manure is digested creating natural gas and a soil amendment.  Rather than releasing the gas into the atmosphere causing odours and damaging the environment, we use it to power this vehicle.  

Anaerobic Digestion

Anaerobic digestion is “a process employing heat and beneficial bacteria in an oxygen-free environment to break down organic materials and produce a methane-rich gas mixture (biogas), which can be purified to produce a renewable form of natural gas (RNG)".  Natural gas produced by the anaerobic digestion of renewable sources can directly displace CNG as a fuel for heavy trucks. 

Natural Gas Facts

Natural gas is an odorless, gaseous mixture of hydrocarbons which is predominantly made up of methane (CH4). It currently accounts for about 37% of the energy used in Canada. About 17% of the fuel goes to electric power production and the remaining is split between residential (14%), such as heating and cooking, and commercial and industrial uses (69%). Although natural gas is a proven, reliable alternative fuel that has long been used to power natural gas vehicles, only about 0.05% is used for transportation fuel.

A switch from conventional diesel vehicles to natural gas vehicles (NGVs) has the potential to result in lower levels of emissions, including NOx and PM.  Overall, CNG is a clean-burning fuel and performs well against current vehicle emissions standards.  In addition, CNG vehicles produce lower levels of strong-smelling fumes and are 50% to 90% quieter than diesel vehicles which is important for operations in residential areas.

CNG is produced by compressing natural gas to less than 1% of its volume at standard atmospheric pressure. To provide an adequate driving range, CNG is stored onboard a vehicle in a compressed gaseous state at a pressure of up to 3,600 pounds per square inch (psi).

CNG currently powers about 175,000 U.S. vehicles and more than 23 million vehicles worldwide. CNG vehicles are a good choice for high-mileage (high fuel-use) fleets—such as buses, medium and heavy-duty trucks, and refuse vehicles—that are centrally fueled or operate within a limited area or along a route with natural gas fueling stations. The advantages of natural gas as an alternative fuel include its domestic production, established distribution network, relatively low cost, and emissions benefits.

Heavy-duty natural gas vehicles can provide small to moderate GHG reduction benefits compared to diesel throughout the fuel life cycle.  Because renewable natural gas (RNG), also known as biomethane, is chemically identical to fossil natural gas, yet yields far fewer life cycle green house gas (GHG) emissions, the blending of even relatively small quantities of RNG with fossil natural gas can provide significant life cycle GHG emission benefits. 

For more information, we recommend that you look at our Enbridge partner website on Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

Natural Gas Facts

Natural gas is an odorless, gaseous mixture of hydrocarbons which is predominantly made up of methane (CH4). It currently accounts for about 30% of the energy used in the United States. About 40% of the fuel goes to electric power production and the remaining is split between residential and commercial uses, such as heating and cooking, and industrial uses. Although natural gas is a proven, reliable alternative fuel that has long been used to power natural gas vehicles, only about two-tenths of 1% is used for transportation fuel.

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Explore Opportunities at BRA

The following chart shows a variety of our common positions. Please visit our open positions page here to view currently available jobs. If you don't see a position you're interested in currently available, we always accept resumes! Send us a resume here and we'll keep it on file.

Fleet Mechanic Driver Equipment Operator Material Handler

Fleet Mechanic

Join the Bluewater Recycling Association as a Fleet Mechanic.

Reporting to the Fleet Manager, as a Fleet Mechanic you will be a key player in the maintenance and repairs of the Association's fleet of 30+ collection vehicles and a material recovery facility.

Why you should work for us:
  • Competitive salary ($34.94 to $35.88/hour) with yearly increases.
  • Work Monday to Friday, with weekends off.
  • Excellent benefits including an OMERS pension.
  • Overtime after 8 hours per day & 40 hours per week.
  • Generous clothing & tool allowances.
  • Paid day off for birthdays.
  • Double time on weekends & holidays.
Main Duties:
  • Inspect and examine vehicles, test automotive systems and components using testing devices to diagnose and isolate faults. Detect and investigate irregularities and malfunctions and further repair or replace defective parts and malfunctions using hand and power tools.
  • Drive automobile or service truck to location of any malfunctions of vehicles to provide services.
  • Complete reports to record problems and work performed. Ensure procedures for safety inspections and preventative maintenance programs on all vehicles.
Qualifications:
  • The ideal candidate will have a 310T truck and coach technician’s license with a DZ driver's licence. Registered apprentices will be considered.
  • Previous experience in the solid waste industry and/or hydraulics would be an asset.
  • Any related experience and/or education as a millwright, fabricator, or electronics would be an asset but is not necessary.

Bluewater Recycling Association is committed to meeting the accessibility needs of all individuals in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC). Should you require accommodations during the recruitment and selection process, please inform Human Resources in any of the following ways, email or phone 519-228-6678. All applicants are thanked for their interest in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Driver

Join the Bluewater Recycling Association as a Driver.

Reporting to the Fleet Manager, as a Driver you will be a key player in the operation of one of the Association's waste and recycling vehicles.

Why you should work for us:
  • Competitive salary ($22.75 to $25.50/hour) with yearly increases.
  • Work Monday to Friday, with weekends off.
  • Excellent benefits including a defined benefit pension plan.
  • Overtime after 8 hours per day & 40 hours per week
  • A generous clothing allowance
  • Paid day off for birthdays
  • Double time on weekends & holidays
Main Duties:
  • Operates designated vehicle on scheduled route, stopping to collect all Solid Waste and/or Recyclable Material placed out for collection using automated arm with joystick.
  • Delivers collected items to material recovery facility or to the sanitary landfill when truck is full and dumps compartments in designated areas.
  • Operates the scale and record gross, tare, and net weights upon every collection.
Qualifications:
  • The ideal candidate will have a clean CVOR Abstract with at least 1 year of recent experience driving a DZ vehicle full time.
  • You will have an enjoyable personality with an ability to communicate with the general public. If you are looking for a rewarding career, we would like to talk to you!

Bluewater Recycling Association is committed to meeting the accessibility needs of all individuals in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC). Should you require accommodations during the recruitment and selection process, please inform Human Resources in any of the following ways, email or phone 519-228-6678. All applicants are thanked for their interest in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Equipment Operator

Join the Bluewater Recycling Association as an Equipment Operator.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, as an Equipment Operator you will play a key role in planning and organizing material flow in the operation of the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) while being responsible to operate the equipment.

Why you should work for us:
  • Competitive salary ($19.11 to $21.72/hour) with yearly increases.
  • Work Monday to Friday, with weekends off.
  • Excellent benefits including an OMERS pension plan.
  • Overtime after 8 hours per day.
  • A generous clothing allowance.
  • Paid day off for birthdays.
  • Double time on weekends & holidays.
Main Duties:
  • Operation of the forklift, skid steer, front end loader, baler and/or telehandler to load materials onto conveyors for baling and sorting, moving waste materials, loading outbound trucks with material, and other activities related to the operation of equipment.
  • Performs tasks as required for successful operation including cleaning, operating the scale, completing safety checks and reports, conducting minor maintenance on equipment, and assisting with line operation.
Qualifications:
  • The ideal candidate will have a valid forklift license
  • 1 year experience as an equipment operator
  • Experience operating other heavy equipment (eg. Farm equipment)
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs without assistance

Bluewater Recycling Association is committed to meeting the accessibility needs of all individuals in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC).

Should you require accommodations during the recruitment and selection process, please inform Human Resources in any of the following ways, email or phone 519-228-6678.

All applicants are thanked for their interest in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Material Handler

Join the Bluewater Recycling Association as a Material Handler.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, as a Material Handler you will be a key player in the operation of the Association’s recycling plant.

Why you should work for us:
  • Competitive salary ($17.02 to $18.53/hour) with yearly increases.
  • Work Monday to Friday, with weekends off.
  • Excellent benefits including an OMERS pension.
  • Overtime after 8 hours per day.
  • A generous clothing allowance.
  • Paid day off for birthdays.
  • Double time on weekends & holidays.
Main Duties:
  • Sorting and handling of materials on processing equipment by hand.
  • Performs tasks as required for successful operation including cleaning, loading and unloading materials or handling containers.
  • Depending on what line you are working on you will need to pull out any items that are not recyclable containers and OCC cardboard and place in bins provided.
  • When on Pre-sort line pull out any garbage and non-recyclable material and put down chute to the compactor
  • Clean up debris around and on the line
Qualifications:
  • Excellent vision coupled with physical agility and strength.
  • Must be able to perform repetitive work while standing for up to two hours at a time.
  • Must have initiative, flexibility and commitment.

Bluewater Recycling Association is committed to meeting the accessibility needs of all individuals in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC). Should you require accommodations during the recruitment and selection process, please inform Human Resources in any of the following ways, email or phone 519-228-6678. All applicants are thanked for their interest in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.