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Cleanfarms adds grain bag recycling to its suite of agricultural stewardship programs

Date March 12, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Media Releases | Member News

Saskatchewan farmers will have access to another tool to help them farm sustainably and keep their yards clean as Cleanfarms’ permanent grain bag recycling program rolls out this year. A government-funded pilot project has been available since 2011. Through this pilot, farmers have recycled over four million kilograms of ag plastic. Farmers will see increased access through the launch of this permanent program. Clean, rolled grain bags will be accepted at collection sites at no charge....

Toronto targeting recycling contamination with bin inspections

Date December 12, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Member News | News

The City of Toronto says it’s lifting the lids on residents’ recycling bins in order to help curb a pricey problem. Roughly 26 per cent of what gets put in recycling bins is actually garbage, and the city says it’s costing millions of dollars. “For every percentage point we can reduce that, the city will save between $600,000 and $1 million a year,” said Jim McKay, general manager for Toronto’s Solid Waste Management Services Division. Bin inspections have been happening for...

Tackling food and commercial waste key to Ontario’s waste-free future

Date October 4, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | Industry News | Member News

Toronto, October 4, 2017 - Ontario has a waste problem. Every year, Ontario produces nearly one tonne of waste per person, and three-quarters of this waste ends up in landfills. The new Waste-Free Ontario Act sets an ambitious goal of a circular economy that sends zero waste to landfill. A special report from Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, examines the new law and strategy and what the province needs to do next.Released today, Beyond the Blue Box: Ontario’s Fresh Start...

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...


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