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China's Environmental Measures Affecting Trade

Date March 15, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | Industry News

Webinar Presentation July 2017: The world's largest importer and recycler of scrap metals, plastic, and paper, notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) that starting Dec. 31, 2017 it will prohibit the import of a wide range of materials. November 2017: China notified the WTO that as of March 1, 2018 there will be revised standards for the import of certain materials, including new limits for carried waste of allowable contaminants in shipments of materials.   To offer...

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....

Canada to push for ambitious ‘plastics charter’ at G7, Environment Minister McKenna says

Date March 7, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Canada will use its presidency of the G7 to try to persuade the world’s richest and most industrialized countries to adopt ambitious goals for plastics recycling and waste reduction. “We are looking at a zero-plastics-waste charter,” Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Wednesday from Cancun, Mexico, where she was at an international conference on the world’s oceans. The idea of a plastics charter was first broached by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this year. The G7...

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change directs Ontario Electronic Stewardship to cease operations by June 30, 2020

Date February 14, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | Industry News | News

On Feb. 8, 2018 the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change informed the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority and Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) that pursuant to the Waste Diversion Transition Act the diversion program for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is to begin winding up its operations.    In doing so, OES must devise and submit a plan to the Authority by Dec. 31, 2018 that is consistent with a series of principles: transparent...

Report on PBDEs in the Great Lakes by IJC's Water Quality Board

Date January 26, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News

New standards, public education, and extended producer responsibility programs are key to protecting Great Lakes from PBDEs and other flame-retardant chemicals, according to IJC’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board In its second report on polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in the Great Lakes, the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board (WQB) recommends several actions the Governments of Canada and the United States should take to address challenges in seeking...

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