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Elementary Schools Across Canada Apply the 3Rs on Single-Use Plastics

June 18, 2018 (Toronto, ON): Recycling Council of Ontario is pleased to share that as part of the 2018 Plastic Bag Grab Challenge 210,185 students from 635 elementary schools across Canada took action on plastic waste and championed three important words: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. In doing so, students collected 1,903,193 single-use plastic shopping bags – 15.23 metric tonnes of plastic – and brought them to local Walmart stores for [...]

18 June 2018|Categories: Media Release|Tags: , , , |

The average person throws away 37 kilograms of textiles annually

A rise in clothing consumption and production has led to a dramatic increase in textile waste around the world. In Canada, the average person throws out 81 pounds of textiles annually, while North Americans send 9.5 million tonnes of clothing to the landfill every year — most of which could be reused or recycled, according to statistics compiled by Waste Reduction Week in Canada. In an effort to curb the [...]

15 June 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

London restaurant joins growing revolt against plastic straws

Suck it up, buttercup. The same growing revolt against single-use plastic that’s led fast-food giant A&W to yank drinking straws and the United Kingdom to ban them is now spreading to independent businesses, including London’s venerable fish and chips restaurant, Archie’s. Plastic straws are a thing of the past at Archie’s three London locations, a move owner and co-founder Donna Arroyas said is small but important. “It’s one of the things [...]

15 June 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

New City of Toronto Blue Box Policy

The City of Toronto has adopted a new policy that addresses the addition of new material to its Blue Box and Green Bin programs. It includes: a process that brand owners and packaging manufacturers can refer to when designing new product packaging Toronto's expectations regarding cost recovery measures for testing new materials in its processing facilities assessment of financial impacts to the waste management system as a result of the [...]

13 June 2018|Categories: Member News, News, Policy|Tags: , , , , , |

Government of Canada pursues national strategy on plastic

OTTAWA — The political aide to Canada's environment minister says the federal government is looking to reduce its use of plastic as it pursues a national strategy to curb Canada's addiction to the material. Two days after Canada and four other G7 nations signed a Canadian-driven plastics charter that commits to keeping plastic out of landfills by 2040, MPs and environment groups are asking what Ottawa will actually do to [...]

12 June 2018|Categories: News, Policy|Tags: , , , , |

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