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Canadians will throw out 540,000 tonnes of wrapping paper and gift bags this Christmas season

Date December 29, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Canadians will send 100,000 elephants worth of wrapping paper to the dump this year and Christmas presents are a big culprit. Zero Waste Canada, a Vancouver-based advocacy group, estimates each Canadian tosses about 50 kilograms of garbage over the holidays, 25 per cent more than the rest of the year, thanks to the purchase of 3,000 tonnes of foil, 2.6 billion Christmas cards and six millions rolls of tape. Altogether, 540,000 tonnes of wrapping paper and gift bags are thrown out each year....

App offers recycling, composting pointers

Date December 27, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News

You are done picking away at the bird, a mountain of stuffing has found a new home in your belly, you have loosened your belt a notch or two and the turkey bones have been boiled for hours for an excellent broth. Now what to do with the remains? The city has developed an app that will help you with all your holiday refuse. Waste Wise was developed in March 2016 and originally launched on the city’s website, but Renee Brownlee, manager of solid waste and administrative services, said when...

Amended Blue Box Program Plan feedback required by Jan. 15, 2018

Date December 22, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | Industry News

The draft Blue Box Program Plan began with a vision for gradual transition to full producer responsibility, first jointly developed and set out by producers and municipalities in a July 2017 Accord, which was predicated on shifting the economic burden of recycling to business in exchange for business taking over the management of their paper products and packaging (PPP), stipulated that the transition must: Not negatively impact Ontarians’ experience with and access...

Recycling Council of Ontario's Top Tips for a Waste-Free Holiday Season

Date December 15, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Winter is upon us once again and that brings the festive season. With the holiday spirit abound our consumption habits also increases. In that spirit, here are some suggestions that we present to you to keep holiday waste a minimum this season.   Give experiences instead of things and make new memories The holidays are about spending time with the people who matter. Instead of a trinket, knick-knack, or sweater, think of an experience to enjoy together: tickets to theatre, sports, or music...

Exports of waste materials and recyclables to China and scrap materials captured under federal regulations

Date December 15, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | Industry News | News

In October 2016 amendments to Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations (EIHWHRMR) were made to what is captured as “hazardous waste” and “hazardous recyclable material”. Specifically, material exported are considered hazardous waste / recyclable if: they are defined as, or considered to be, “hazardous” under the legislation of the importing country or that of a transit country;  their importation is prohibited...


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