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Spring 2017

RCA Introduces New Project & Outreach Coordinator

Paulina Retamales has a Bachelor in Education degree from her hometown in Chile. She arrived in Canada in 2010 seeking new opportunities and to pursue her Masters of Arts degree at the University of Alberta...

2017 Rs of Excellence Awards – Call for Nominations

The RCA is seeking nominations for its 2017 Rs of Excellence Awards. If you know a person, program, or organization that has made an outstanding contribution towards waste reduction...

Calgary Launches Bag in Bag Campaign

The City of Calgary ran a communications campaign from February 1 to March 31 to educate Calgarians about the proper way to recycle their plastic bags. For two months, the City reached out with bag in bag messaging...

New Sustainability Director for Fairmont Hotels

Mortimer Capriles has been appointed Director, Sustainability, Canada’s Western Mountain Region, for Fairmont Hotels. Mortimer will be responsible for overseeing the environmental stewardship programs for Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and Fairmont Chateau Whistler...

Medicine Hat Plan to Reduce Plastic Bag Consumption

The City of Medicine Hat has decided to move forward with a proposal from the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) to help reduce the number of plastic bags ending up in the landfill...

Plastics Plague City Compost

St. Albert may soon have to pay steep fines for its organic waste because too many plastic bags - and too many green carts - are ending up in the organics stream...

Government to Improve Saskatchewan's Scrap Tire Recycling Program

The Ministry of Environment plans to develop new scrap tire recycling regulations to reflect changing industry needs in Saskatchewan and address increasing public expectations for governance, accountability, and transparency...

Province to Shut Down Ontario Tire Stewardship by 2018

Glen Murray, minister of the environment and climate change, said the Ontario Tire Stewardship, the smallest and least complex of Ontario's three government-created recycling programs, will be the first eliminated under new legislation designed to improve the recycling process in Ontario...

New Plastic Packaging Recycler – ReVital Polymers

Waste resources and recycling industry veterans Tony Moucachen and Emmie Leung have announced the name of their Ontario-based plastic packaging recycling company - ReVital Polymers Inc. - and unveiled a new website...

Corner Brook, Newfoundland Pays for Coffee Cup Litter

One Newfoundland city is having such an issue with littered coffee cups strewn all over the streets that officials are now offering to pay people to pick up them up. The City of Corner Brook was offering a bounty of five cents per cup...

Brock University Launches Reusable Container Program

A new program aimed at diverting waste and making the food services at Brock more environmentally friendly launched February 27th. Through the new Green 2 Go program, anyone purchasing food ... will have the option of using a reusable plastic container....

Student Creates Disposable Plates Made from Eggshells

An Edinburgh Napier University student has created a range of tableware made from upcycled eggshells. Martina Zupan, a fourth-year product design student, designed and produced the product called "Colleggtion". The process to make the disposable circular plate with tearaway cutlery currently has a patent pending...

Apple Fights "Right To Repair" Laws

Apple, along with several other tech companies, is heavily opposing a set of so-called "right to repair" bills in eight American states, which would require easy access to tools and knowledge regarding electronic device repairs...

Supreme Court Asserts Right to Repair

mpression Products developed a system to refill Lexmark printer cartridges, resulting in Lexmark suing the company, with the legal fight going all the way to the US Supreme Court...

Coca-Cola Backs Scottish Deposit Return Scheme

In what will be widely seen as a massive U-turn, the soft-drinks giant Coca-Cola has thrown its support behind calls for the Scottish Government to introduce a deposit return scheme, in an effort to reduce littering and boost recycling.

Smart Food Packaging Presents Recycling Challenges

In the run up to this year's Super Bowl, US snack company Frito-Lay launched a limited run of microchipped bags of tortilla chips, supposedly capable of sensing alcohol on a user's breath and, if instructed, calling them an Uber home.

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