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Fall 2018

RCA Honours 2018 Rs of Excellence Award Winners

The 2018 Rs of Excellence Awards were presented at the RCA’s Waste Reduction Conference “Rolling Out the Recycling Red Carpet” banquet evening at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity on September 20, 2018...

Seeing Art and Beauty in Waste

submitted by Prof. Jolanta Wagner, Lodz, Poland -- It has been several weeks since the end of the Conference „Rolling Out the Recycling Red Carpet” in Banff, in which I had the honour to participate...

2018 WRW a Success in Alberta

Waste Reduction Week (WRW) in Canada was developed by a coalition of 13 recycling councils and sister organizations from across Canada and is delivered the third week of October each year...

Used Oil Program Transition Update

On October 1, 2018 the responsibility for the management of Alberta’s Used Oil Materials Recycling Program was transferred to Alberta Recycling...

Power of Yes! Donovan Workun Team Building Workshop

Be positively, motivated to be a better person today by SAYING YES!

Donovan Workun, well known to RCA members as the MC at our conference banquet, and Graham Neil will turn mediocre people into motivated and inspired employees...

Pine Grove and Edson Recycle Strive for Zero Classroom Waste

Last spring, Pine Grove school in Edson, AB, sorted their trash and found that 94% of it could be recycled or composted...

Hosting a Zero Waste Dinner for 100,000

Imagine hosting a dinner party for 100,000 people. Where do you seat them? Where do they park?...

YESS Launches New Era of Product Recovery and Recycling

YES Environmental Services & Solutions (YESS) is changing the face of recycling in Canada...

U of C Meets National GHG Goal Decade Ahead of Schedule

The University of Calgary has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent since 2008, reaching the Government of Canada’s goal for emission reduction more than a decade before the national target of 2028...

University of Lethbridge Rewarded Grant for Biodegradable Plastic Research

The University of Lethbridge is receiving funds to establish a green polymer and technologies centre on campus. It will develop innovative biodegradable plastics and technologies...

FCM Resolution Advocating for a National Plastics Reduction Strategy

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is calling on the Government of Canada to develop a National Plastics Reduction Strategy that seeks to eliminate plastic pollution...

Manitoba’s Beverage Container Stats Lacking Transparency, says Consultant Report

A recent consultant report says it’s not clear how many beverage containers are being recycled in Manitoba...

Consumer Product Companies Kick in $90 Million to Fight Plastic Pollution in Asia

Major consumer product makers and chemical companies, including Dow Chemical Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co. are kicking in $90 million to fight plastics ocean pollution in Asia...

Recycled Plastic Agreement Between PepsiCo and Loop Industries

Loop Industries, a technology innovator in sustainable plastic, and PepsiCo announced they have entered into a multiyear supply agreement that will enable PepsiCo to purchase production capacity...

Industry Collaboration on Recycling Paper Cups

Paper cups have long been a challenge to recycle. The lining inside the cup that keeps your hot coffee or tea from soaking through the paper and creating a mess complicates the recycling process...

EU Parliament Votes to Ban Single-Use Plastics

The European Union Parliament has voted to ban single-use plastics. Parliament, the EU’s legislative body comprised of 751 elected members (MEPs), voted 571-53 in favor of the bill...

EU Environment Committee Directing Funding to Higher Waste Hierarchy Options

Members of the environment committee proposed to direct EU funding to higher waste hierarchy options – waste prevention, reuse and recycling...

Yellowstone Geyser Erupts, Vomiting Decades Worth of Trash Across Park

A rare eruption of a thermal spring in Yellowstone National Park last month spewed more than just steam and water. It also coughed up decades’ worth of trash visitors have tossed down it over the years...

Major Business, NGO Leaders Call for Canada to Go Waste-Free

A national not for profit coalition including corporate and NGO leaders, think tanks, and sustainability experts has announced its goal to eliminate waste and accelerate the reduction of carbon emissions from the Canadian economy...

Montreal Borough to Subsidize Cloth Diapers, Reusable Menstrual Products

Along with taking a toll on the environment, disposable menstrual products and diapers take a toll on the wallet – creating a budgetary burden for those already struggling to make ends meet...

Washington Containerboard Mill Reopening – To Only Use Recycled Feedstock

An idled Washington newsprint mill will reopen to produce containerboard from recycled feedstock...

Motorola Becomes First Smartphone Company to Sell DIY Repair Kits to Its Customers

Most cell phone manufacturers have spent an inordinate amount of time trying to get their customers to upgrade their phones before it’s necessary...

GFL Environmental and Waste Industries Merger

GFL Environmental Inc. (“GFL”) based out of Toronto, and Raleigh, North Carolina-based Waste Industries have announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement...

Savers® Family of Thrift Stores to Phase Out Plastic Bags

The Savers® family of thrift stores announced the decision to phase out plastic bags from stores across the United States and Canada by the end of 2018...

US Plastic Recycling Rate Plunging According to Plastic Pollution Coalition

The Plastic Pollution Coalition, Berkeley, California, has published a report contending the recycling rate for plastic in the United States is plummeting...

ReVital Polymers, Pyrowave and INEOS Styrolution Partner to Launch Closed-Loop North American Polystyrene Recycling Consortium

At the G7 Ministerial Meeting on Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy, three industry leaders involved with post-consumer packaging recovery...

Football Team Real Madrid’s Jerseys Made From Recycled Plastic

The uniforms, made from recycled ocean plastic, are being sold for £64.95 at the official Real Madrid Store and will be worn during the 2018/19 season...

Burberry to Finally Stop Burning Unsold Products

Luxury fashion brand Burberry has announced it will stop destroying products deemed unsaleable with immediate effect, just months after it was revealed that the brand had burned more than...

Tesco Removes Fruit and Veg ‘Best Before’ Dates

The UK’s largest supermarket has revealed plans to remove “best before” dates from more than 100 of its fruit and vegetable lines...

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