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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...

RCO to provide feedback on Food and Organic Waste Framework

Date November 20, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | Industry News | News

The Government of Ontario has developed a proposed Food and Organic Waste Framework that aims to help the province build a circular economy and fight climate change in two components:   Part A: Proposed Food and Organic Waste Action Plan outlines strategic commitments to be taken by the province to address food and organic waste.   Part B: Proposed Food and Organic Waste Policy Statement under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 provides direction...

Editorial: MPP's bill more than just about coffee pods

Date November 17, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Gabe Paul, a longtime New York Yankees’ executive had a saying that was famous among baseball people: "You can't look at the hole in the doughnut. You've got to look at the whole doughnut.” What Paul was trying to convey with this maxim was that you can’t look at an issue that is just in front of you but you had to look at all the factors surrounding the problem. Take Norm Miller’s recent actions in the legislature. The Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP is pushing forward his private...

How one Toronto tech startup is cutting food waste — and your dinner tab

Date November 15, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Josh and Ben Walters are proving that a restaurant's trash can be delectable treasure. The Toronto cousins have devised a high-tech solution to Canada's $31-billion food waste problem. Their creation, Feedback App, connects people with nearby restaurants that are about to throw away unsold food and offers it up at a discount. Feedback, which already has more than 7,500 customers, has also paired up with organizations like Second Harvest, donating a meal to those in need when...

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