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Summer 2018

Agricultural Plastics Recycling Program Launched in the Counties of Lacombe, Red Deer and Ponoka

Lacombe County, Red Deer County, and Ponoka County recently joined together to provide a recycling program for plastic grain bags...

Edson Launches New Enviro Discovery Trailer

The services provided by the Edson and District Recycling Society (EDRS) just became far more accessible...

Plastics Recycling Comes Home to Alberta

Two local companies – Alternative Plastic Products Mfg. Inc. and Full Circle Plastics Ltd. are the only firms currently processing post-consumer plastics in Alberta. The two companies take all the waste plastic from the City of Lethbridge drop depot systems and the single stream pilot project...

Court Rules in Favour of City of Victoria on Plastic Bag Ban

On June 19, 2018, the BC Supreme Court ruled in favour of the City of Victoria and dismissed the challenge to the City’s Checkout Bag Regulation by the Canadian Plastic Bag Association...

Vancouver Focuses on Reuse by Starting a Bring-Your-Own Container Pilot Project

The City of Vancouver is preparing to launch a bring-your-own-container pilot project to help curb a major source of garbage: single-use disposable take-out containers...

City of Brandon Joining Forces with Diabetes Canada to Divert Textiles

A new pilot project coming to Brandon, Manitoba, is encouraging people to divert unwanted fabrics, textiles and plush toys from the dump and toward special bins or thrift stores instead...

Ryse Solutions Offers Fully Integrated Producer Responsibility Services

Well-known Canadian recycling and resource recovery pioneer Emmie Leung announced on June 20, 2018 that she has launched a new company, Ryse Solutions Inc., that is Canada’s first fully integrated producer responsibility organization offering...

Columbia Shuswap Regional District Raises Concerns with Proposed Recycling Changes

Recycle BC is eyeing amendments to its stewardship plan – changes that could have serious implications for recycling in the Columbia Shuswap Regional District...

Global Definition Proposed for Plastics Recyclability

In an effort to provide a consistent metric to guide the efforts of sustainability for plastics in the Circular Economy, two international recycling organizations have developed a global definition governing the use of the term “recyclable” as is relates to plastics packaging and products...

HP Increases Use of Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic

HP reported that it has diverted 170 tonnes of plastic from the oceans over the past 12 months, after pledging to recycle “ocean-bound” plastic bottles for use in its range of ink cartridges.

Taiwan EPA Raises Environmental Fee on PVC Packaging by 470%

Late last month, the Environmental Protection Agency of Taiwan announced it is raising the environmental fee on polyvinyl chloride packaging from 18.5 yuan/kilogram to 87 yuan/kilogram...

Adidas Pledges to Stop Using Virgin Plastic by 2024

The global sportswear maker said that it has committed to using only recycled plastic by 2024...

Volvo Commits to Increase Use of Recycled Plastics

Volvo Cars has announced plans to ensure that from 2025, at least 25 per cent of the plastics used in every newly launched Volvo car will be made from recycled material. The company has urged auto industry suppliers to work more closely with carmakers to develop next-generation components that are as sustainable as possible, especially with regard to containing more recycled plastics...

Electric Vehicle Batteries Just Keep Going and Going

The first batches of batteries from electric and hybrid vehicles are hitting retirement age, yet they aren’t bound for landfills. Instead, they’ll spend their golden years chilling beer at 7-Elevens in Japan, powering car-charging stations in California and storing energy for homes and grids in Europe...

Costa Rica Plans to Ban Single-Use Plastics

Costa Rica is taking dramatic action against plastic waste with a plan to ban all single-use plastics by 2021. This includes straws, bottles, cutlery, cups and bags...

Starbucks Introduces Store-Wide 5p Paper Cup Charge in UK

Starbucks added a 5 pence surcharge to paper cups in its 950 stores across the UK in July, as well as vowing to eliminate single-use plastic straws from its global operations by 2020...

Europe’s First Solar Panel Recycling Plant Opens in France

French water and waste group Veolia has opened what it says is Europe’s first recycling plant for solar panels and aims to build more as thousands of tonnes of ageing solar panels are set to reach the end of their life in coming years.

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