About Cascades Recovery+

Cascades Recovery+ History

Company History – Highlights

In the late 1970’s the Metauro brothers, Albino and Anthony, started a small hauling company collecting material from all over the Toronto, Ont. area.  It wasn’t long before the brothers realized both the true benefit and value of recovering OCC (old corrugated cardboard) from industrial garbage. The Metauro brothers’ first fleet of vehicles is shown in the picture above!

Growth continues throughout the 1980’s and into the 1990’s:

  • In the early 1980’s, the Metauro brothers acquire a small bankrupt recycling business and set up shop. As this is the first official processing facility for the brothers, a decision is made to keep the hauling division separate and ‘METRO Waste Paper Recovery Inc.’ is formally born.
  • A full ‘Office Towers Paper Recovery Program’ is developed and implemented. The success of this co-mingled OPF (office paper fibre) program results in METRO opening a facility, ‘City Forest Fibre Inc.’, to handle OPF sorting. ‘The City is Our Forest’ becomes the inaugural tagline for METRO to promote this successful recovery program.

Significant changes occur during the 1990’s:

  • Evolves into a more comprehensive ‘recycling and waste solutions’ service provider expanding its materials recovery in different sectors by capturing additional recyclable materials including wood waste, plastics and metals.
  • Opens new processing facility, ‘Waste Recycling (Ottawa/Hull) Inc.’ (WRI), in Ottawa, Ont. This is the first introduction and involvement for METRO with municipal recycling.
  • Creates a new department called ‘Fibre Management Group’ as an internal marketing arm to deal the increased volumes of recovered paper fibre.
  • Becomes affiliated with Cascades Inc. as a subsidiary, the largest Canadian producer of boxboard for the manufacturing of folding cartons. This relationship results in a direct link to major end markets, giving the mill group a consistent local supply of paper fibre.

A consistent growth from 2000 to present

  • Purchases the Cascades-Ottawa Recovery Division.
  • A series of acquisitions in New York State, U.S. and Western Canada including the Norampac Recovery facilities and the purchase of ETL, resulting in METRO becoming one of the largest processors in North America, handling over 1 million metric tonnes of recyclable materials annually.
  • Purchases the Sonoco Ottawa operation, gaining a second processing facility in Ottawa, Ont.
  • Expands its operations in the U.S. by opening up a processing facility designed to handle IC&I and municipal recycling in Albany, New York, U.S.
  • Installs the first-ever optical sorting equipment for paper generated by the single stream collection at its Thornmount, Ont. facility. This signifies METRO’s commitment to maintaining internal quality, keeping up with current innovations and applying the most state of the art technology.
  • Introduces the collection of electronic waste materials (e-waste), through its purchase of eTegrity Solutions, further enhancing the concept of a ‘complete recycling solutions provider’.

October 2010
Metro Waste Paper Recovery Inc. changes its name to Cascades Recovery Inc. to reflect the on-going synergy with Cascades Inc.

Cascades Recovery+. continues to grow its business across North America with its Recovery …PLUS Program.

Metro Maximum Recovery Minimum Waste The City is our forest