Cedar: Latin name: Thuja occidentalis Origin: Asia and America Size: Up to 40 m high Leaves: Evergreen Features:
Softwood of the coniferous family
Light grey bark, finely cracked
Seeds take 2 years to ripen before the cones open
The Canadian forest forms a huge green strip more than 6,000 kilometers long and up to 3,000 kilometers wide in some areas. It is mainly comprised of coniferous trees - in fact, 76% of its trees are pine trees, spruces, larches, cedars or thujas, hemlock spruces and firs. Economically speaking, these trees are the most valuable. The Canadian boreal forest is by far the largest. It is home to 16% of the world's resources of coniferous trees. Canada and Québec provide an enormous source of essential oils extracted from coniferous trees.
Cedar trimmings recycling
For many years now, Re-Source Intégration has been involved in cardboard, paper, plastic and metal recycling. Our organization is also involved in cedar trimmings recycling in order to support cedar recovery in our region, putting an unprecedented emphasis on consultation and partnership such as the involvement of landscape architects or other similar bodies sensitized to recycling and environmental issues.
Processing consists in extracting essential oil from Cedar leaves through steam distillation. After the daily pick-ups, trucks are unloaded and trimmings are chopped and blown in a still. The oil is derived from the foliage through steam extraction and separated in a sedimentation tank after having been cooled in an indirect contact heat exchanger. Finally, the oil is filtered, stored in drums and distributed to wholesalers to be used in pharmaceutical products and cosmetics. The popularity of essential oils derived from coniferous trees is blooming within growing industries such as pharmaceutical companies. In Quebec, essential oils extracted from coniferous trees have sparked interest since the 1950's. There is an increase in demand for this product and consumers are always looking for new fragrances.