The premise of this proposal is to use Alberta's existing petroleum production and incorporate environmental sustainability and manufacturing diversification to become a leader in material conversion.
Currently there are no facilities in North America that truly convert petroleum bi-products into raw materials that include nylons, polyesters and natural fibers. We used to ship significant quantities to Asia however that door is closed and now we are pressed to find solutions for our petroleum bi-product materials found in clothing, upholstery, automotive materials and virtually every product found on store shelves.
This proposal suggests a mega-site that would incorporate private and public management, funding and innovation. It would include academia, waste management facilities (both private and public), scientists, the petroleum industry, engineers and ecologists. The scope of this proposal is far reaching and could benefit environmental health, economic diversification, co-collaboration, waste reduction and improved re-use capabilities. This would enable stimulus in waste management, manufacturing of raw materials and finished goods, increase GDP and bring innovation and leadership to the city, province and country.
This mega-site could provide great insight to our domestic and foreign partners and be a pinnacle for change and innovation in materials reprocessing. Calgary could become the leader in materials sustainability.