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MPP wants to ban non-compostable coffee pods

Date November 2, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Ontarians have a bad habit to break when it comes to coffee — and they need some help, says Progressive Conservative MPP Norm Miller. He’s pushing for all parties at Queens’ Park to support a law requiring every single-use coffee pods sold in Ontario to be compostable within four years so they can be tossed into the green bin as soon as the cup of Joe is brewed. The goal is to keep more of the 1.5 billion pods used annually in Canada out of garbage dumps. “Ontario has a waste...

Getting serious about plastic

Date November 1, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

They live among us — uncelebrated eco-warriors who visit GTA and Durham Region beaches every day to collect plastic waste. A truly Sisyphean task: laborious, futile and largely thankless. Scientists have been warning us for some time that plastic has entered the food chain and that we are all ingesting it, even through water sources. Plastic debris kills hundreds of thousands of marine animals and birds, outweighs plankton in some areas and threatens ecosystem services. Produced to last...

Food waste conversation in Sault long overdue

Date October 30, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Reports came out earlier this month that the Ontario government is considering banning food waste in garbage bags destined for the landfill by 2022, and the topic was subsequently brought up by Ward 1 Coun. Steve Butland at a City Council meeting. He asked if any studies were underway to expand the city’s recycling program to include food waste and was told by Larry Girardi, “We’ve chatted many times about coffee grounds around the City of Sault Ste. Marie… Is there a study going on...

County of Simcoe eyeing standardized garbage containers to help waste diversion

Date October 30, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

The County of Simcoe is hoping that standardizing the size of garbage containers will reduce the amount of food waste going to landfills. On Oct. 24 at a committee-of-the-whole meeting, county council signalled its interest to conduct a standardized garbage container pilot program in an attempt to increase waste diversion. The county has a waste management bylaw outlining weight (20 kilograms) and volume (80 litres) limits for garbage containers, but many residents do not adhere to the...

SCIENCE: Engineered for waste?

Date October 26, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Have you ever wondered what happens to the peanut butter left in the jar when you put it in the recycling bin? Is that jar too dirty to be recycled? How much peanut butter are you wasting, when you add up all the little bits in the nooks and crannies of the jar you can't get? A lot of thought goes into the design of the packaging wrapped around ordinary household necessities we buy. Is it durable enough to protect the contents during travel from the factory to the store shelf, and then to...


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