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Mercury, Lamps, Recycling, and Retrofits

Date April 24, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | Industry News | News

Health care facilities have significant impacts on the communities they serve in the three key pillars of sustainability: environment, economic, and health.  Forward-thinking organizations embrace sustainability as a way to improve the environment of care while lowering operating costs. These measures, especially those that are designed to improve energy, water, and waste management, have direct return on investment.  Greater efficiency and cost savings are then applied to the most...

Grounds for a brouhaha?

Date April 23, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News | News | RCO in the News

Keurig, Toronto spar over whether coffee pods belong in blue bin Keurig Canada wants to tell every Torontonian they can put Keurig coffee “pods” in blue bins with paper, empty jars and other city-approved recyclables. The City of Toronto wants every Torontonian to absolutely not do that and has told Keurig so. The java giant is nonetheless unleashing a public education campaign with advertising, social media and grocery store demonstrations on how Canadians can blue-bin the wee...

Recycling Council of Ontario to trial a unique co-operative model to decrease food waste in the commercial sector

Date April 19, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | Media Releases | News

Co-operatives are structured to meet the common needs of its members. A food co-op, for example, may offer local and organic produce, partner with local suppliers, and make it more accessible and affordable for members to buy groceries. Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO), with support through a $273,700 USD grant from the Walmart Foundation, aims to apply the co-op model with a slightly different approach: saving food instead of selling food. Food waste is the single largest waste stream...

Fight brewing over Ottawa green bins & coffee pods

Date April 10, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

A company that produces compostable coffee pods received a rude awakening last week after learning that Ottawa plans to keep banning the pods from city green bins. “We were furious,” says John Pigott, chief executive officer of Club Coffee. The city announced last week it has restructured its green-bin contract with Orgaworld to allow plastic bags and dog feces to be included in the organic waste Ottawans send to a plant in rural south Ottawa. As proposed, the expanded list of items...

China is no longer world's dumping ground...

Date March 28, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

The farms outside Shanghai are a healthy green. Traditional crops like broccoli and cabbage are growing quickly in the spring sun. But in the nearby village of Lu Qiao, they're harvesting something new and not nearly as natural: plastic. Great sheets of it once used for wrapping commercial products arrive on the back of an overflowing truck. Huge compressed blocks of old shopping bags fill every corner of the local recycling centre. Workers sort it all so it can be turned into something...


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