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Too much of Ontario’s waste is going to landfill: enviro watchdog

Date October 4, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News | News

The old adage may be “waste not, want not,” but Ontario’s environmental watchdog warns the province’s waste diversion efforts are wanting. “Ontario has a waste problem; every year, Ontario produces nearly one tonne of waste per person and three-quarters of this ends up in landfills,” Environmental Commissioner Diane Saxe said Wednesday. Much of that can, and should, be diverted, said Saxe, who noted that far too much food waste and other organic material is ending up in...

Ontario government aiming to keep organic waste away from landfills

Date October 2, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News | News

From coffee grounds, to leftover fettuccine alfredo, to the slimy, brown head of lettuce forgotten at the back of your fridge, the Ontario government is aiming to keep all organic waste away from landfills. It’s an ambitious target for a province that generates nearly 12 million tonnes of waste a year – more than 850 kilograms per person – and only recycles about a quarter of that amount. If improvements aren’t made, the province’s landfills could run out of capacity within the...

City looks to boost recycling collection

Date September 19, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News

Sault Ste. Marie’s curbside recycling has been a little stagnant during the past couple of years and plans are underway to re-engage households. Susan Hamilton Beach, director of public works and transportation, said the city has been fairly consistent, or perhaps on a slight downward trend, with the tonnage of recyclables collected with the curbside program over the past two years. Statistics show that in 2016, 5,026 tonnes of residential recycling was collected. The city has inked a...

The future of beer may be in wood pulp bottles

Date September 18, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News

For companies in North America and Europe, fibre packaging may become a new alternative to glass beer bottles and aluminum cans. When a wood fibre bottle is empty, it can be recycled into a bin. Additionally, the materials are so environmentally friendly they can biodegrade in your garden or compost heap. Chances are you have already used a wood fibre product as a plate or bowl. While researchers at ecoXpac of Denmark are still determining how to make the transition to a food-safe container,...

Changes coming to Blue Box program in Durham

Date September 13, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News | Member News | News

Changes are coming to the Blue Box recycling program, but Durham officials are hoping residents don’t notice. The new program is expected to start in 2019 and Craig Bartlett, the manager of waste management services, told Regional Council’s committee of the whole the transition “has to be seamless. Residents shouldn’t know there’s a difference.” The provincial government is making changes to the program, transitioning to an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) system....


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