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China's Environmental Measures Affecting Trade in Waste, Scrap, and Recycled Materials

Date February 20, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | Industry News

Webinar Presentation July 2017: The world's largest importer and recycler of scrap metals, plastic, and paper, notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) that starting Dec. 31, 2017 it will prohibit the import of a wide range of materials such as household plastics scrap, unsorted waste paper, discarded textiles, and vanadium slag. November 2017: China notified the WTO that as of March 1, 2018 there will be revised standards for the import of certain other materials, including revised...

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change directs Ontario Electronic Stewardship to cease operations by June 30, 2020

Date February 14, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | Industry News | News

On Feb. 8, 2018 the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change informed the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority and Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) that pursuant to the Waste Diversion Transition Act the diversion program for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is to begin winding up its operations.    In doing so, OES must devise and submit a plan to the Authority by Dec. 31, 2018 that is consistent with a series of principles: transparent...

Report on PBDEs in the Great Lakes by IJC's Water Quality Board

Date January 26, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News

New standards, public education, and extended producer responsibility programs are key to protecting Great Lakes from PBDEs and other flame-retardant chemicals, according to IJC’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board In its second report on polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in the Great Lakes, the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board (WQB) recommends several actions the Governments of Canada and the United States should take to address challenges in seeking...

Coalition response to amended Blue Box Program Plan

Date January 17, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | Industry News | News

In August 2017, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change requested the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) and Stewardship Ontario submit a proposal for an amended Blue Box Program. The direction was characterized as the first phase transition for the Blue Box Program ... and will set the stage for a second phase of transition that will result in individual producer responsibility under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act (RRCEA). In short, the amended...


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