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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,...

New compostable coffee pods & a recycling service solve 20 year problem (that never should have been)

Date September 15, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Bridgehead is set to announce it will soon start selling recyclable, compostable coffee pods — those colourful capsules you pop into a specialized appliance that brews a single cup of very fresh coffee. This comes on the heels of an announcement earlier this year by Toronto’s GoJava that they have expanded their coffee pod recycling service to include Ottawa. Both companies seek to address the pods’ tragic flaw — they’re not easily recyclable. In order to ensure maximum freshness,...

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....

Amended blue box program will save taxpayer dollars

Date September 12, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News | Member News | News

Residents shouldn't see a change in curbside recycling collection if a new plan to transfer all the costs to producers is implemented. "You should not notice anything, at least initially," said Jon Arsenault, director of the region's waste management division. The blue box program may even get better down the road with more materials collected at the curb. And it will save taxpayers money. The region pays an estimated $2 million to $4 million annually on recovering packaging, from...

Experts offer look at evolving world of recycling data

Date September 12, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News

Similar to the material stream itself, the industry is undergoing a shift – one in which basic diversion rates no longer suffice to tell the story about program effectiveness. During one session at the recent Resource Recycling Conference in Minneapolis, leaders from different realms of materials recovery discussed ways of thinking about measurement, strategies for action based on those calculations, and how that information fits into national data on recycling efforts. The speakers...


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