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New compostable coffee pods & a recycling service solve 20 year problem (that never should have been)

Date September 15, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Bridgehead is set to announce it will soon start selling recyclable, compostable coffee pods — those colourful capsules you pop into a specialized appliance that brews a single cup of very fresh coffee. This comes on the heels of an announcement earlier this year by Toronto’s GoJava that they have expanded their coffee pod recycling service to include Ottawa. Both companies seek to address the pods’ tragic flaw — they’re not easily recyclable. In order to ensure maximum freshness,...

Changes coming to Blue Box program in Durham

Date September 13, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News | Member News | News

Changes are coming to the Blue Box recycling program, but Durham officials are hoping residents don’t notice. The new program is expected to start in 2019 and Craig Bartlett, the manager of waste management services, told Regional Council’s committee of the whole the transition “has to be seamless. Residents shouldn’t know there’s a difference.” The provincial government is making changes to the program, transitioning to an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) system....

Amended blue box program will save taxpayer dollars

Date September 12, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News | Member News | News

Residents shouldn't see a change in curbside recycling collection if a new plan to transfer all the costs to producers is implemented. "You should not notice anything, at least initially," said Jon Arsenault, director of the region's waste management division. The blue box program may even get better down the road with more materials collected at the curb. And it will save taxpayers money. The region pays an estimated $2 million to $4 million annually on recovering packaging, from...

Chatham Ethanol Plant Could Fuel Jets

Date September 12, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

A Chatham ethanol plant is in a race to produce the next jet fuel and it’s getting help from a neighbour across the street. The Vice President of Greenfield Global John Wilkinson believes that organic waste from Truly Green Farms can one day be turned into a biofuel that can power jets. A $3.7-million federal government loan was announced on Monday to pipe waste heat underground from Greenfield to boost Truly Green’s tomato production and the return waste could boost Greenfield’s...

Eating in Ontario: The facts behind your food choices

Date September 8, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

What to eat? It's a seemingly harmless question Ontarians ask themselves every day, often fleetingly, or while on the go, not putting too much thought into what's going into their grocery carts, and subsequently, their bodies. Too often, Ontarians turn a blind eye to the food choices they make on a regular basis, in spite of the consequences those decisions have on the environment, as well as on their own personal health and welfare. Food industry experts have input on the environmental and...

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