February 1, 2021

New Era in Residential Asphalt Shingle Recycling


Gemaco Sales Ltd partners with Empower Environmental Solutions Ltd (a division of Northstar Venture Technologies Inc.) to open a proprietary asphalt shingle processing plant in Delta, BC

As the end of 2020 drew near, we looked back on this journey that started so long ago in 2010. A dream of recovering and recycling the valuable resources which make up asphalt shingles, asphalt cement, sand, and fiber. 

Permanently closing Gemaco’s Annacis Island collection facility in 2013 was a tough decision. The end market, at that time, had come to a halt. Overuse, misuse, and lack of cooperation among major stakeholders, saw the residential asphalt shingle recycling market come to an end, not just in Western Canada but across this country and in some of the United States.

With perseverance, determination, and an unbridled faith in our hearts the new build of the Residential Asphalt Shingle Recycling Processing Facility was carried out in the last quarter of 2020.  Each new milestone we quietly and still cautiously celebrate. Making our way, developing resilience, patience and persisting, holding our vision. 

November 27, 2020 was a usual day at the plant filled with mistakes, some setbacks and lots of learning, and also a very successful day.  We achieved another milestone, “Proof of Concept”.

2021 is here. Initial R & D is underway.  We look forward to a new era in Residential Asphalt Shingle Recycling, starting again and continuing our journey in recycling residential asphalt shingles in the Lower Mainland.

Gemaco Sales Ltd and Empower Environmental Ltd (Northstar) together creating a greener, cleaner future together. 

(Click here to read more about “Canadian Roadways – The Journey of Asphalt Shingle Recycling”