Northstar produces liquid asphalt, fiber and aggregate in small batch commissioning runs

July 21, 2021
By Canadian Manufacturing
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VANCOUVER — Northstar Clean Technologies Inc. announces that small batch commissioning production from existing stockpiles of single-use asphalt shingles at the Empower Facility in Delta, BC has resulted in the successful separation of saleable end-use products of liquid asphalt, fiber and aggregate.

Most notably, testing of the liquid asphalt recovered from a third-party independent lab demonstrated the quality and penetration rate of the asphalt is well within the range of acceptability for sale to end-use customers. Northstar has a binding offtake agreement in place for 100% of the liquid asphalt recovered from its Empower Facility in Delta, BC with a multi-national construction materials company.

The Empower Facility is designed to process and repurpose single-use asphalt shingles, resulting in three end-use products for repurposing: liquid asphalt, fiber and aggregate.

Mr. Aidan Mills, CEO of Northstar, states, “While these commissioning runs are not full-scale production, we are very pleased with the results. The preliminary testing demonstrates that the quality and specifications of the repurposed liquid asphalt is well within the acceptable range for sale to customers. We look forward to incrementally increasing throughput in batch runs to continue optimizing the plant in preparation for steady state production.”

Mr. Mills continues, “Our mission is to be the leading asphalt shingle material recovery provider in North America, extracting 99% of the recovered components from single-use asphalt shingles that would otherwise be sent to the landfill. We expect our clean technology solution to have a significant impact on the environment by reducing landfill usage, while also meeting the robust market demand for our products and anticipate this well help us generate long-term returns for our stakeholders.”

Single-use asphalt shingles are the 4th largest category of construction waste1 according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, being used in approximately two-thirds of all new and replacement homes throughout North America, according to the Northeast Recycling Council.