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Spring 2019

2019 Rs of Excellence Awards – Call for Nominations

The RCA is seeking nominations for its 2019 Rs of Excellence Awards. If you know a person, program, or organization that has made an outstanding contribution towards waste reduction, please let us know...

Obituary: Joanne Walroth

It is with heavy hearts that the RCA shares this obituary for Joanne Walroth, who was a valued RCA Board and Committee member for many years. We value the contribution Joanne made to the organization and industry, and the passion she shared for waste reduction...

Alberta’s Environment Minister Looks to Expand Electronics Recycling Program

Alberta’s new environment minister is considering expanding the mandatory electronics recycling program. Jason Nixon says he is asking to be briefed on a file that past Alberta governments have been negligent on for the past 15 years...

Cleanfarms Named Provincial Agricultural Recycling Pilot Program Operator

The Agricultural Plastics Recycling Group (APRG) through Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) have selected Cleanfarms as the program operator for a three-year pilot program to collect agricultural grain bags and twine for recycling...

Calgary Council Votes to Take Aim at Single-Use Plastic Waste

It’s not every day an 11-year-old Calgarian steps forward to speak at a public hearing in the city council chamber. But on Wednesday, May 15, Willa Vipond was at the microphone. She skipped school to speak to the councillors because she said she cares about the environment and climate change...

City of Lethbridge Opens New Material Recovery Facility

May 8, 2019 saw the Grand Opening of the new single-stream material recovery facility (MRF) of the City of Lethbridge. This new system, commissioned in mid-April, will allow the City to process the residential recycling materials generated by the residents from the new blue cart program...

Universities Team Up to Reuse Recycling and Waste Bins

University of Calgary’s recycling and waste diversion bins have found a new home at the University of Regina. The University of Regina had a limited campus recycling program and as a result the majority of their trash ended up in local landfills. Lee Aument, faculty administrator was looking into ways to set up a more robust recycling process on campus...

Compost Council of Canada to Transform City-Owned Vacant Land to Urban Farm

An energetic team at The Compost Council of Canada has entered into a partnership with the City of Calgary to transform a city-owned vacant parcel of land into an urban farm. Located at 1920 Highland Crescent SE, the approximately 15-acre site will produce fresh, healthy food for sale while providing significant community benefit...

Majority of Canadians Urging Government Action to Tackle Plastic Pollution

Nine out of 10 respondents to a survey about the impact of plastic waste on the environment say they are concerned or very concerned about the problem, and 82 per cent say they believe that government should be doing more to tackle it...

Canada to Host the 2020 World Circular Economy Forum

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, announced on June 4, 2019 that Canada will host the 2020 World Circular Economy Forum...

PAC Makes Recommendations to the Environment Standing Committee on Plastic Waste

PAC presented recommendations on plastic waste to the Federal Government Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on Plastic Waste in Ottawa, May 6, 2019...

Increase in 2018 Cleanfarms Ag-Plastic Recovery Programs

Cleanfarms’ recorded an increase in recovery of its Canada-wide empty small plastic container collection program of 14% by volume over 2017, according to its 2018 annual report. In total, farmers brought back nearly 5.8 million empty containers...

Canadian Cannabis Packaging Recycling Solution

Canada’s legal cannabis industry is starting to come to grips with its waste problem: an avalanche of pot packaging that’s good at meeting regulatory demands, but tricky to recycle...

New York Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags and Implements Fee on Paper Bags

New York State lawmakers have agreed to impose a statewide ban on most types of single-use plastic bags from retail sales, changing a way of life for millions of New Yorkers as legislators seek to curb an unsightly and omnipresent source of litter...

Scotland Announces 20p Bottle Return Scheme Deposit

The Scottish government has outlined its plans for a deposit return scheme for some plastic drinking containers, cans and glass. Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said that a “return to retail” model would be adopted...

New South Wales Green Party Announce Bold Zero Waste Plan, a Transition to a Circular Economy

Greens New South Wales (NSW), Australia, MP and spokesperson for the environment Cate Faehrmann is calling for 100% of the NSW waste levy, or more than $2.1 billion over the next four years, to be diverted into tackling the waste crisis...

New South Wales Labour Unveils War on Waste

A Daley Labour Government has declared war on waste announcing it will ban single-use plastic bags, phase out single-use plastic and invest an additional $140 million into local recycling initiatives that also generate local jobs...

Maine Bans Single-Use Foam Containers

Maine has banned single-use food and drink containers made from polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam, becoming the first state to do so...

Baltimore Incinerator Sues County for Failure to Deliver Waste

Wheelabrator is suing Baltimore County, Maryland for failing to deliver a contractually mandated minimum of 215,000 annual tons of waste to the company’s Baltimore incinerator...

Washington State Legalizing Eco-Friendly ‘Human Composting’

Washington appears set to become the first state to allow a burial alternative known as “natural organic reduction” – an accelerated decomposition process that turns bodies into soil within weeks...

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