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This is why Canadian waste keeps ending up in Asia

Shortly after Canada agreed to take back its contaminated waste from the Philippines, the Malaysian government announced that 60 illegal containers filled with waste from other countries, including Canada, would be sent back and that the Asian nation won’t be “bullied by developed countries.”The Malaysian government investigation found that trash falsely labelled as imports from Europe and North America was ending up in Malaysian landfills.“Canada is bad at recycling,” Keith [...]

30 May 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Why rigid federal rules make marijuana containers really hard to recycle

The cannabis growers who had to design cannabis containers faced a long, rigid set of federal rules, and not much time to figure out how to comply with them. The containers have to have a matte finish, opaque or translucent and be child-resistant (and there are a whole separate set of rules for what that means). The rules go so far as to forbid certain kinds of ink. “The packaging [...]

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

Reduce, reuse, recycle, rejected: Why Canada’s recycling industry is in crisis mode

Desperation had set in. For more than a year, officials in Calgary’s department of waste and recycling services had been unable to find a buyer for truckloads of used plastic. Recyclers in Canada had balked. And shipping the unwanted material overseas was no longer an option. By March, the officials appealed to Sims Municipal Recycling in Brooklyn, N.Y. – a last-ditch bid to clear a backlog of hard-to-recycle packaging [...]

15 May 2019|Categories: News, Policy|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Producers could soon foot the bill for recycling costs in Ontario

The industry is struggling in a buyer's market Recycling just doesn't pay like it used to, but there's a good reason for that. Putting it in the blue box is just the beginning of a process that's getting more and more difficult. The real problems started when China decided to stop being the world's recycling bin and ban the import of 24 types of recycling one year ago. Because we [...]

15 May 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

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