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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...

Hansard: Reducing Waste One Pod at a Time Act, 2017

Date November 24, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | Industry News | News

Bill 173, An Act respecting the sale of single-use beverage pods / Projet de loi 173, Loi sur la vente de capsules de boisson à usage unique. The Deputy Speaker (Ms. Soo Wong): Pursuant to standing order 98, the member has 12 minutes for his presentation. Mr. Norm Miller: I am pleased to rise in the House today to debate Bill 173, the Reducing Waste One Pod at a Time Act. If passed, my private member’s bill would require all single-use coffee pods sold in Ontario to be certified...

Thunder Bay based campaign encourages residents to stop drinking their beverages through plastic straws

Date November 21, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Stop sucking drinks through straws.  That's what some Thunder Bay bars and restaurants are encouraging their customers to do when at their businesses. As many as seven restaurants have signed up with Straws Suck Thunder Bay to vow to stop offering plastic drinking straws. "Just noticing it and just coming to the realization that these things are kind of a relic from a more wasteful time when it's more about convenience and not worrying about the consequences," said Stephen Slattery,  the...

87% of recycled street sweepings diverted from landfill

Date November 21, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Re-using winter sand from city streets is extending the life of Barrie Landfill. Councillors heard Monday about a pilot program that diverts 87% of recycled street sweepings from the landfill, helping keep it open until 2035. “The extension of the life of our landfill is incredible,” Mayor Jeff Lehman said. “If you think of the fact that we were facing closure this year, and all of those innovations that have occurred, managing the landfill, have extended the life now almost 20...

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