Giving Waste a Second Life

The rate at which we consume and dispose of the world’s resources is simply not sustainable. Factoring in the explosive population growth forecasted for the next fifty years, it’s critical that we embrace new practices and technologies to reduce, reuse, and recycle. SUEZ North America is leading this charge—with extensive programs for water and solid materials.

In 2014, 12% of the water we produced was recycled

In 2014, we recycled 55 tons of materials

Wastewater Reused Company-Wide (%)


Securing Drinking Water through Conservation & Reuse in California

California is currently experiencing its most serious drought on record, forcing the governor to take unprecedented measures, asking some residents to reduce their water consumption by 25% and releasing a $7 billion bond to address this crisis with sustainable solutions.

To overcome the challenge of water scarcity in the Los Angeles area, the West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) had a vision. Over 20 years ago, it built the first water recycling facility of its kind in the country. SUEZ has been the operator of the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility since it opened, working closely with West Basin leadership to optimize this state-of-the-art facility and produce reliable and cost-efficient “designer” waters to various end users. The facility produces five different qualities of “designer” waters for a wide variety of uses:

  • Irrigation water
  • Cooling tower water
  • Low-pressure boiler feed water
  • High pressure boiler feed water
  • Groundwater replenishment water to protect against seawater intrusion

These solutions enable more than 300 customers, industrial operators and municipal authorities to meet environmental challenges and water needs

By bringing innovative solutions to address evolving climate change, West Basin has managed to reduce dependence on imported water from 80% to 66% (over the 1990-2010 period) and aims to reduce the Los Angeles coastal area’s rate of dependency by 33% before 2020.

An additional benefit is the positive impact on water resources by reducing the volume of treated wastewater. The Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility is a powerful symbol of the partnership between sustainable resource management and safe and reliable growth.

Saving Recyclable Materials from Landfill in Edmonton, Canada

In April 2014, we began operating the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The 64,000-square foot recycling plant—located at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre—is one of the most advanced of its kind in North America. The facility is known as a “clean MRF,” only accepting recyclable commingled materials that have already been separated at the source from municipal solid waste. Material is sorted to specifications, then compacted, baled and prepared for shipment to market.

The plant is capable of processing 50,000 tons of recycling-eligible items such as paper, cardboard, plastic and metal annually.

SUEZ operates on the behalf of the City of Edmonton, the MRF and the Edmonton Composting Facility as part of an integrated waste management system that is unique in the world. Together, these facilities enable Edmonton to divert more than 60% of residential waste from the landfill.