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No more plastic bags in Montreal; first major Canadian city to implement ban

Date January 2, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Montreal implemented its long-planned ban on plastic bags on Monday, making it the first major Canadian city to do so. The ban covers the distribution of lightweight plastic bags with a thickness of less than 50 microns as well as biodegradable bags, which contain an additive that causes them to decompose in heat and light. There is an exception for the thin bags that are used in grocery stores to transport fruit and vegetables to the cash register or to wrap up meat. City officials say...

Canadians will throw out 540,000 tonnes of wrapping paper and gift bags this Christmas season

Date December 29, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Canadians will send 100,000 elephants worth of wrapping paper to the dump this year and Christmas presents are a big culprit. Zero Waste Canada, a Vancouver-based advocacy group, estimates each Canadian tosses about 50 kilograms of garbage over the holidays, 25 per cent more than the rest of the year, thanks to the purchase of 3,000 tonnes of foil, 2.6 billion Christmas cards and six millions rolls of tape. Altogether, 540,000 tonnes of wrapping paper and gift bags are thrown out each year....

Recycling Council of Ontario's Top Tips for a Waste-Free Holiday Season

Date December 15, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Winter is upon us once again and that brings the festive season. With the holiday spirit abound our consumption habits also increases. In that spirit, here are some suggestions that we present to you to keep holiday waste a minimum this season.   Give experiences instead of things and make new memories The holidays are about spending time with the people who matter. Instead of a trinket, knick-knack, or sweater, think of an experience to enjoy together: tickets to theatre, sports, or music...

Exports of waste materials and recyclables to China and scrap materials captured under federal regulations

Date December 15, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | Industry News | News

In October 2016 amendments to Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations (EIHWHRMR) were made to what is captured as “hazardous waste” and “hazardous recyclable material”. Specifically, material exported are considered hazardous waste / recyclable if: they are defined as, or considered to be, “hazardous” under the legislation of the importing country or that of a transit country;  their importation is prohibited...

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...


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