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Using Procurement to Transform Commercial Relationships

From Toronto FOCUS Spring 2019 The origins of the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – trace back four decades; despite its age the mantra remains important. However, when we look at current lifecycle models we produce and consume more material per capita than ever before. Like all other industries, the building sector has also gone through dramatic evolutions with disruptions to convention, all in the spirit of doing more [...]

18 April 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Frances Edmonds on the end of the ‘take, make and dispose’ economy

You can’t really miss Frances Edmonds in Canadian corporate sustainability settings. The head of sustainable impact at HP Canada is rather tall and dons a stern confident look, a signature angular platinum bob, and a lilting British accent. She also happens to be one of the industry’s pioneering environment champions. “Hard to believe that it’s been 20 years. If you had told me that when I’d joined HP I wouldn’t [...]

5 April 2019|Categories: Member News, News|Tags: , , |

The Problem With Plastics

Picture this: In November 2018, a rotting 9.5-metre-long sperm whale carcass was found beached in Wakatobi National Park in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. Employees of the park’s con- servation authority identified roughly 5.9 kilograms of plastic in the animal’s stomach, including 115 plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, two flip-flops, a nylon sack and over 1000 other pieces of plastic. World Wildlife Fed- eration Indonesia stated that the whale’s cause of [...]

21 March 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Ontario Electronic Stewardship Wind-Up Consultations

In February 2018 the Government of Ontario directed Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) to wind up the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program on June 30, 2020, after which all electrical and electronic equipment will be managed through producer responsibility framework where producers finance and internalize end-of-life management of their products and packaging, and transition environmental and economic burdens away from consumers and end-users. OES submitted its wind-up plan to the [...]

15 March 2019|Categories: Announcements, Policy|Tags: , |

Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities: Discussion Paper

The Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks released Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities: Discussion Paper, a 29-page document that sets out goals, actions, and performance measures to outline how Ontario will: 1.    decrease the amount of waste going to landfill 2.    increase the province’s overall diversion rate In doing so it outlines eight areas of focus: prevent and reduce litter in our neighbourhoods and parks increase opportunities for Ontarians to [...]

7 March 2019|Categories: Announcements, Policy|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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