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Plastic Bag Grab challenge winners 2017

Date July 12, 2015 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

The Plastic Bag Grab challenge is a national program for elementary schools across Canada that promotes the 3Rs through awareness and action. Schools in each province/territory are offered tools and resources to integrate Reduce, Reuse, Recycle into their curriculum, recognized for community engagement, and collect single-use plastic bags for recycling. In 2017, a total of 541 schools registered and collected 2,339,717 single-use plastic bags for recycling.  To maintain value of the...

Defining and Reporting Waste Reduction: Effective Metrics for Better Performance

Date June 25, 2015 Author Jason Smith Categories News

On Thursday, June 25, Recycling Council of Ontario hosted the first of its Knowledge Sessions series on IC&I waste reduction at the DIRTT showroom in Toronto to a varied and attentive audience. Defining and Reporting Waste: Effective Metrics for Better Performance welcomed a panel of experts to share their perspective on metrics: Peter Hargreave, Director, Policy & Strategy, Ontario Waste Management Association; James Gray-Donald, Vice-President, Sustainability at Bentall Kennedy; and Bala...

2013 Ontario residential waste diversion rate

Date February 27, 2015 Author Jason Smith Categories News

Ontario municipalities that collect Blue Box materials from its residents submit collection data to Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) – a non-crown corporation that provides oversight for the development, implementation, and operation of diversion programs for waste designated by the province. In addition to Blue Box data and in order to calculate the residential waste diversion rates, WDO asks municipalities to report weight (in tonnes) of all other residential waste materials collected...

Going waste-free is as easy as 1, 2, 3

Date January 21, 2015 Author Jason Smith Categories News

Going waste-free is as easy as 1, 2, 3: Reduce, reuse, recycle TORONTO, ON (Jan. 21, 2015) More than 115,000 Ontario students demonstrated their environmental leadership by reducing their lunch waste and keeping more than 10 tonnes from entering landfills by using reusable and recyclable containers in their lunches for one week. Organized by Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO), the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge is an education program that teaches the 3Rs waste hierarchy (reduce, reuse,...

Government of Ontario posts draft regulation that proposes to allow energy intensive industries to reduce coal use by using waste materials as alternative fuels

Date December 22, 2014 Author Jason Smith Categories News

In April 2014, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) requested feedback on its proposal, Reducing Coal Use in Energy Intensive Industries (PDF), which would allow energy intensive industries and trade-exposed manufacturing industries (such as cement, lime, iron, and steel sectors) to reduce their use of coal and petroleum coke by substituting them with alternative low carbon fuels such as biomass (corn stover); and non-recyclable non-hazardous residual waste. RCO...

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