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Better Earth 

"The mission of our Better Earth Program is to broaden, diversify and activate environmental consciousness company and industry wide through a combination of action, awareness and education."

At Acden, we’re conscious about our environmental footprint, and are always looking for ways to operate more sustainably.  


Together with our ownership, our Acden partners and employees, we will continue to find solutions to reduce our corporate impact and positively impact our community to contribute to a Better Earth.

Current Green Initiatives:

Leading by Example

In support of the environmental stewardship efforts of our ownership, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, it is important to Acden to conduct sustainable business practices and lead by example.

Acden Corporate Headquarters

In 2012 we completed the build of our LEED Gold certified corporate headquarters located in Taiganova Eco-Industrial Park in Fort McMurray. The only building of its kind in Northern Alberta, the building has many environmentally friendly features, including:

  • Innovative wastewater technologies - toilet water is flushed using rainwater captured from the roof and stored in an underground cistern.

  • Acden captures 22, 781 litres of rain water a year, equal to 37,000 flushes!

  • Water efficient technologies - Low flow water taps, toilets and showers reduce potable water usage by 49%.

  • Energy performance - Acden Corporate Headquarters is 33.5% more energy efficient than comparable structures.

  • Construction Waste Management - 80.3% of waste generated during construction was recycled.

  • Roof has reflective membrane to reduce heat gain and decrease use of building cooling system.

  • Recycled content - 25.6% of materials installed within the building are recycled materials.

  • Low emitting materials - adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, carpets and composite wood and laminate installed within the building have been selected to be low VOC.

  • Light pollution reduction - Automatic lighting controls were installed to turn off all interior and exterior lighting when areas are not in use and business hours have finished.

Acden Environment

In 2017, Acden Environment managed and transported over 75,676 metric tonnes of waste.  (141% growth from 2016)

Of this, 60,589 metric tonnes were recycled (442% growth from 2016) in the following streams:


  • Metal – 37,508 Metric Tonnes 

  • Tires – 22,034 Metric Tonnes

  • Construction/Demolition – 10,474 Metric Tonnes 

  • Wood - 4,613 Metric Tonnes

  • Cardboard – 978 Metric Tonnes

  • Mixed Recyclables – 29 Metric Tonnes

  • Electronics – 15 Metric Tonnes 

  • Drywall- 15 Metric Tonnes 

  • Paper – 10 Metric Tonnes 

Acden Bee-Clean

In accordance with our green housekeeping policy, our partner, Acden Bee-Clean, uses green cleaning products to maintain the Acden Corporate Headquarters. These green cleaning products are available to all employees for use in office and in house kitchen areas.

Acden Tech Sonic

Acden Tech Sonic has a patented technology to effectively and efficiently clean process equipment that not only utilizes water based chemistries but also recycles 70% of the water used during the cleaning process. Acden Tech Sonic is a leader in the innovative use of green technologies for the design and development of industrial ultrasonic cleaning solutions.

Titan Tire Reclamation Corp.


Scrap industrial mining tires are difficult to manage because of their size and density. Traditional recycling equipment cannot handle these tires.After years of research and development, Titan Tire Reclamation Corp has perfected a unique environmental solution to process giant scrap mining tires that have been accumulating in Alberta’s Oil Sands.To read more about this unique process click here.

Green Fleet

Acden Fleet Facility

Our Acden Fleet facility has a number of environmentally friendly attributes:

  • Waste water recycling - 90% of the waste water used in the wash bays is recycled. This reduces water usage and water ways pollution as well as decreases urban run-off.

  • Solar power water heating - Energy generated by solar panels located on the roof of the Acden Fleet facility is used to pre-heat water tanks used for the wash bay. This reduces overall energy consumption, cost and emissions as well as minimizing our carbon footprint.

  • To ensure low-ecological impact and to reduce risk of spills and harmful fumes, the fleet facility uses the following systems:

  1. Localized lubricant delivery system

  2. Air curtains keep the cold air out and the warm air in

  3. Localized air compression

  4. Vehicle exhaust extraction

Alternative transportation options

Acden is committed to promoting and supporting sustainable commuting options for employees. With a carpool service, hybrid fleet vehicles, bicycle parking and front door municipal bus transportation, we encourage our employees to select alternative methods of transportation.

Fuel efficient engines

In an effort to reduce our carbon emissions and reduce fuel consumption and vehicle idling time, fuel efficient engines and ESPAR engine heaters were installed in all heavy duty equipment such as front loaders, pickers, luggers, flat decks and tractors.

Better Communities


Park Clean-Up

For the past three years, in honour of Fort McMurray Environment Week, Acden employees have done their part in cleaning up Taiganova Eco-Industrial Park. To date, our volunteers have collected garbage, scrap metal, wood, recyclable beverage containers and old office furniture.

Better Earth Client Partnerships

Shell and Acden Environment stationary recycling project

In 2014, Acden Environment and Shell Canada collaborated on a community initiative that provided over 15,000 pounds of supplies to rural schools in the RMWB. The supplies were left over from a contract site and initially destined to be recycled. They were collected and brought to the Acden Environment waste management site where they were loaded into a shipping container. Dedicated teams at Shell Albian sorted through the entire container and separated the following supplies into 7 huge pallets which were divided between schools in Anzac, Conklin, Janvier and Fort Chipewyan.

Total supplies repurposed:

  • 2 skids of 11×17 paper

  • 5 skids of 81/2 x 14 paper

  • 6 cases of letter size hanging folders

  • 19 cases of file folders

  • 80 cases of heavy duty view binders

  • 2 cases of 1.5 “ binders

  • 15 cases of 2.0 “ binders

  • 4 cases of 3.0” binders

  • 2 skids of 11×17 paper

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