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Ontario looking at banning food waste in garbage

Date August 15, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News | News

In five years time Ontarians may be putting out a whole lot less garbage at the curb. A position paper from the province released this spring on how to reduce greenhouse gases calls for the possibility of banning food waste from landfills. A number of municipalities have already implemented green bin programs or other initiatives to divert organic waste, but London hasn’t been able to get one on the books. “Food waste represents about a third to 40 percent by weight of the material...

Keurig cleans up with 'recyclable' coffee pods — but it's still trash

Date August 10, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News | News

Keurig Green Mountain Inc. has taken North America by storm with its fabulously convenient coffee pod brewing system — up to three million homes in Canada own a Keurig machine. But the company has also been a victim of that success, weathering epic abuse over the mountains of spent pods that clog landfills across the continent. A 2015 spoof of a disaster movie that went viral on You-Tube, Kill the K-Cup, depicts monsters made of coffee pods who disembark from coffee pod flying saucers and...

Old landfill to recycle materials, serve as pollinator habitat

Date July 31, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News | Member News | News

Those old shingles workers are tearing off your roof and old wooden pallets left over from shipping materials could soon find a new use, thanks to the big brains at Walker Environmental. The company already takes all the kitchen scraps and yard waste that Niagara residents put to the curb for the region’s waste contractor and turns it into useful compost at its facility on the Niagara Falls-Thorold border. As well, it runs other renewable energy businesses. But Walker now has approval...

Upcycling, borrowing and fair trade: 3 fashion startups focus on recycling

Date July 29, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

When was the last time you tossed an old, unwanted piece of clothing into the garbage? If you're like most Canadians, it wasn't long ago. North Americans discard a mind-boggling amount of apparel — 12 billion kilograms of textiles every year, according to Value Village. And although we often donate to outlets such as the Salvation Army or Value Village, as much as 85 per cent of cast-offs end up in landfill sites.  With stylish, inexpensive clothing readily available at fast fashion...

The Staggering Amount of Plastic We’ve Produced — And What We've Done With It

Date July 20, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories News

Scientists have calculated the total amount of plastic ever made. Spoiler alert: it’s a lot. But what’s even more disturbing is where all this plastic is ending up. Since large-scale production of plastics began in the 1950s, our civilization has produced a whopping 8.3 billion tons of the stuff. Of this, 6.3 billion tons—around 76 percent—has already gone to waste. Such is the conclusion reached by a team of researchers from the University of Georgia, the University of California at...

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