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Spring 2018

China to Impose Complete Ban on Import of Waste Plastic in 2019

China will completely ban the import of waste plastics with effect from January 1, 2019, as part of the government’s initiative to improve the environment of the country...

Meet the 2018 Summer Ambassadors!

The RCA’s Recycling Ambassadors are back and have an exciting summer planned this year. We have eight amazing summer students working on several projects around the Province...

2018 Rs of Excellence Awards – Call for Nominations

The RCA is seeking nominations for its 2018 Rs of Excellence Awards...

City of Calgary Looking at Transitioning to Pay-As-You-Throw in Future

The City is working on a plan which could give Calgarians the option of lowering their monthly waste and recycling bill. The introduction of the curbside recycling and compost programs have given people the opportunity to reduce how much garbage winds up in their black carts...

University of Calgary Donating Leftovers to Local Charities

Aramark, the university’s food service provider, composts post-consumer waste to ensure food waste is diverted from landfills. But this year, Aramark, the Office of Sustainability, University of Calgary Food Services, and the student body have come together to not only shrink the university’s environmental footprint...

Vancouver Votes to Ban Plastic Straws, Foam Cups, and Containers by June 2019

Vancouver has voted to ban the distribution of plastic straws as well as foam take-out containers and cups as part of its zero-waste strategy. The ban will be introduced on June 1, 2019...

Oregon Expands Program for Refillable Glass Bottles

A glass bottle reuse program in Oregon has taken major steps forward, with glass giant Owens-Illinois creating a standardized refillable bottle for breweries and long-term plans for a wash facility moving forward...

UK Government Announces National Bottle Deposit Return Scheme Plans

The UK Government will aim to crack down on plastic pollution with a deposit return scheme in England for single-use drink containers...

Association of Plastic Recyclers Encourages Use of PCR through Program Expansion

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has added partners to a campaign designed to encourage the use of recycled-content products...

Baltimore Bans Polystyrene Containers

Baltimore City has banned containers made of polystyrene foam, also known as Styrofoam. As of April 17, 2018, there is an 18-month phase-in period to give industry time to comply...

Britain To Ban Certain Single-Use Plastic Products

Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single-use plastic products and is pressing Commonwealth allies to also take action to tackle marine waste, the office of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said...

New York State Announces Bill to Ban Plastic Bags

NY State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo embraced a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags on April 23, introducing a bill to outlaw them by next year...

Waitrose to Remove Disposable Coffee Cups from Stores

UK grocery chain Waitrose has ramped up its efforts to tackle plastic waste with a pledge to remove all disposable coffee cups from its shops before the end of 2018...

Grocery Chain Aldi Unveils Sweeping Measures to Slash Plastics Waste

In place of carrier bags, the UK’s fastest growing supermarket will offer customers bags for life as reusable 9p bags made from back-of-store plastic waste...

Report Finds Flaws in Recycling Rate Calculations and Reporting

The UK could be over-estimating how much plastic it recycles by a third, according to a shocking new report. A fundamental flaw in how businesses work out their rate of recycling means Britain is likely to have missed every annual EU target since at least 2008...

Pact to Tackle Plastic Pollution

Unnecessary single-use plastic packaging will be a thing of the past as businesses sign up to a world-first pact, which aims to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK and keep plastic in the economy and out of the ocean...

Circular Economy: New Rules Will Make EU the Global Front-Runner in Waste Management and Recycling

EU Member States have approved a set of ambitious measures to make EU waste legislation fit for the future, as part of the EU’s wider circular economy policy...

CROWS Clean Up City Streets by Collecting Cigarette Butts

Worldwide, about 4.5 trillion cigarettes are littered on streets each year. But a Dutch startup is training crows (yes, birds!) to help clean up littered cigarette butts...

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