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Spring 2016

Growing Alberta’s Recycling Industry

You may or may not know by now, but the City of Calgary has a goal of diverting 70% of waste by 2025. The City has numerous strategies in place to help...

Alberta Government Grants

Alberta’s Ministry of Labour currently offers two grants which may be useful to some of our members...

Ontario Passes New Waste-Free Ontario Act

On June 1, 2016, Ontario passed the Waste-Free Ontario Act that will...

'Freeriding' BC Newspapers Costing Recycling Program Millions

The province is warning BC's major newspapers to get in line, after they failed to contribute an estimated $16 million in fees to the province's new recycling program...

Montreal to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags as of 2018

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has announced the city is banning single-use plastic bags as of Jan. 1, 2018...

San Francisco Becomes The First City to Ban Sale of Plastic Bottles

In a bold move toward pollution control, San Francisco has become the first city in America to ban the sale of plastic water bottles, a move that is...

Unintended Consequences - How Banning Bottled Water Can Backfire

Having announced Montreal will ban single-use plastic shopping bags as of Jan. 1, 2018, the city’s mayor, Denis Coderre, recently set his sights on his next target – erasing plastic water bottles from the city...

Youth Orchestra that Plays Instruments Made from Garbage Performs in Vancouver

The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura – a group of youth musicians from Paraguay that play instruments made entirely out of recycled garbage and the subject of the documentary Landfill Harmonic...

NYC Council Introduces 5-Cent Bag Fee

The New York City Council has passed a controversial bag bill in a 28-20 vote, which will impose a 5-cent fee on paper and plastic single-use bags throughout the city...

Ban Bag Bans? Seriously?

The Michigan Senate voted to ban local communities from banning plastic bags. Senate Bill 853 would prevent local communities from instituting bans or putting fees on containers like bags, cups, bottles or packaging...

Starbucks Pledges to Donate 100% of Unsold Food at US Stores Within 5 Years

Starbucks plans to eliminate food waste and donate all of its unused food items from its US stores to the needy within five years...

Deposit Law Under Fire by Massachusetts Beverage Association

Buoyed by victory two years ago in Massachusetts in defeating the expansion of the state’s bottle bill, the state’s beverage association is championing a new law, recently brought out of committee, to dismantle the deposit system altogether...

New South Wales, Australia, Adopts Container Deposits

To help meet the Premier’s goal of reducing the volume of litter in NSW by 40 per cent by 2020 the NSW Government is introducing a refund container deposit scheme...

San Francisco Pushes for Most Extensive Ban on Styrofoam Yet

San Francisco Supervisor London Breed has proposed legislation to fully ban Styrofoam in the city. If the legislation passes, polystyrene food packaging would be banned, and the material would be prohibited in the manufacturing of beach toys, dock floats, and mooring buoys...

Nike Embraces Circular Economy

Nike claims 71% of its footwear is made with materials recycled from its own manufacturing process. In 2015, the brand recovered 92% of its waste...

Recycled Levis

Seattle-based textile recycler Evrnu has teamed up with Levi Strauss & Co. to create what they say is the first pair of jeans made from post-consumer cotton waste...

Best Practices for Recycling Lead-Acid Batteries

A guide produced by an intergovernmental group lays out recommendations for lead-acid battery recycling in North America. The technical guidelines, which can be read...

Zero Waste Europe Calls for Residual Waste Target

According to Eurostat statistics on waste released earlier this year, each European generated 475 kg of waste in 2014, only 44% of this is being recycled or composted. The remaining 56% ended up landfilled (28%) or incinerated (27%)...

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