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Toronto targeting recycling contamination with bin inspections

Date December 12, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Member News | News

The City of Toronto says it’s lifting the lids on residents’ recycling bins in order to help curb a pricey problem. Roughly 26 per cent of what gets put in recycling bins is actually garbage, and the city says it’s costing millions of dollars. “For every percentage point we can reduce that, the city will save between $600,000 and $1 million a year,” said Jim McKay, general manager for Toronto’s Solid Waste Management Services Division. Bin inspections have been happening for...

Ontario PC plan for the environment will replace cap and trade, focus on recycling

Date December 11, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News | News

The debate over cap and trade in Ontario is becoming a “he said, she said” kind of affair. Ted Arnott, MPP for Wellington-Halton Hills and PC Caucus Critic to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, announced his party’s “People’s Guarantee” on the environment on recently at Queen’s Park. In it, Arnott vowed the Conservatives will replace the current Liberal cap and trade program with a carbon pricing system more similar to what the federal Liberal government is...

RCO submits comment on amended Blue Box Program Plan

Date December 4, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | News

In August 2017, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change requested the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) and Stewardship Ontario submit a proposal for an amended Blue Box Program.   The direction was characterized as the first phase transition for the Blue Box Program ... and will set the stage for a second phase of transition that will result in individual producer responsibility under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act...

Port Hope listens to Markham's story of going green

Date November 30, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

How does a town hall convince the public to make significant changes in order to go green? “Knowing we had 100 per cent opposition didn’t stop us,” Claudia Marsales, senior manager of waste and environmental management for the City of Markham, told Port Hope council. “We had to find a way to convince residents this was the right thing to do.” Marsales made a presentation during a recent committee of the whole meeting on Markham’s environmental initiatives in an effort for Port...

London's landfill will get higher - the only question is by how much

Date November 26, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Imagine nine storeys built atop London’s landfill. As the clock ticks down on the life expectancy of the city’s dump, expected to hit its trash limit by 2025, plans for expansion are becoming clearer. Three options are on the table, and all have one thing in common: building up. The landfill on Manning Drive south of Highway 401 could grow anywhere between five and nine storeys, tall enough to take on 15 to 26 metres of new trash. Expanding upwards just makes more sense than sprawling...


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