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The Power of Government Procurement to Accelerate Circularity

As seen within the National Post and at Worldwide, governments spend $2 trillion annually on goods and services, which comprises a significant portion of international trade. In Canada  public procurement is valued at $200 billion annually, which represents 15% of our GDP with 80% taking place provincially and municipally. All levels of governments have public policy objectives to support positive economic, social, and environmental outcomes. Taxpayers also expect prudent [...]

20 June 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Garbage, recycling in the same truck?

Diana Vela considers herself an environmentally friendly person. She recycles, and even though her apartment near Bathurst Street and Eglinton Avenue West doesn't collect compost — something she's actively trying to change — she'll store it in her freezer and take it to a proper bin later. So earlier this month, when Vela says she saw waste collectors from GFL International Inc. throwing both garbage and recycling into the same compartment of [...]

17 June 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Provincial Waste Reduction Organizations Support Plans to Reduce Plastic Waste and Urge Prompt Action

Canada’s provincial waste reduction and recycling organizations (Recycling Council of BC, Recycling Council of Alberta, Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council and Recycling Council of Ontario) support the Government of Canada’s announcement regarding plans to reduce Canada’s plastic waste, support innovation, and promote the use of affordable and safe alternatives. Specifically, we agree with initiatives to ban single-use plastics (such as plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates, and stir sticks) as early as [...]

13 June 2019|Categories: Media Release|Tags: , , , |

Recycling Council of Ontario Applauds Government of Canada’s Action on Plastic Waste

Toronto, June 10, 2019: Plastic pollution is a serious global threat to the environment and economy. Today's announcement that Canada will ban single-use plastics, make companies responsible for plastic waste, and invest to grow recycling across the country, is a comprehensive approach to address plastic pollution across the country. “The environmental costs and economic losses of plastic pollution has hit a tipping point with more than 90 per cent [...]

10 June 2019|Categories: Announcements|Tags: , , , , , , |

Government of Ontario Assigns Special Advisor on Recycling and Plastic Waste

David Lindsay, President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities, has been assigned by the Government of Ontario to provide Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, a report by July 31, 2019 on how to tackle plastic waste and litter, improve recycling, increase products that can go into the blue box, and ensure producers are responsible for managing plastic and other packaging at end-of-life. His [...]

7 June 2019|Categories: Announcements, Policy|

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