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Summer 2019

Industry Loses a Great Friend

The RCA sadly reports that Konrad Fichtner of Vancouver, British Columbia, passed away in July, 2019...

RCA Launches Circular Cities Webpage

Check out the latest information on our Circular Cities Project and a video explaining the goals!

Banff Marathon Recipient of Green Sports Alliance Innovators of the Year Award

Over the summer, the Green Sports Alliance presented its annual Environmental Innovators of the Year awards. The awards are given to both individuals and organizations for their tremendous work in the sports greening movement...

Meet Alberta Ecotrust Foundation's Spring 2019 Environmental Grant Recipients

Together, with their Visionary Partners, Alberta Ecotrust granted $300,000 to 14 environmental projects across the province, including the RCA’s Circular Cities project! Check out the 2019 Spring grant recipients...

Calgarians Create Garbage Fashion to Highlight ‘Big Problem’ of Waste

They salvaged under the kitchen sink and in recycling bins, and now some Calgarians are using what they found to spread the word on sustainable fashion...

Plastic Waste Starts, and Stops, at Home

The federal government has launched new efforts this year to address plastic pollution - a problem St. Albert residents are all-too familiar with as their blue bags are rejected due to unwanted forms of plastic waste…

2019 Saskatchewan Grain Bag Recycling Rate Already Surpasses 2018 by 25%

Halfway through 2019, and with one of the busiest periods of grain bag recycling still ahead, Saskatchewan farmers have already recycled 25% more grain bags in 2019 than they did in all of 2018, recycling program operator Cleanfarms announced...

Tabling and Finalization of the National Strategy for Lamps Containing Mercury

The National Strategy for Lamps Containing Mercury has been finalized and tabled in Parliament. Final copies of national strategy and baseline report...

Ottawa Announces Plans to Ban Single-Use Plastics Starting in Near Future

Canada is taking aim at banning single-use plastics as early as 2021 and will require plastics manufacturers and companies using plastic packaging to be responsible for the collection and recycling of the materials...

NDP Government Would Ban Single-Use Plastics by 2022

The NDP says it would ban single-use plastics across Canada within three years if it wins this fall’s election...

PEI First Province to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

As of July 1, shoppers in P.E.I. won’t find many single-use plastic bags at the checkout counter. The Island is the first province in Canada to ban single-use plastic bags...

Victoria's Plastic Bag Ban Quashed by BC Court

The City of Victoria has lost a battle in BC’s court of appeal over its ban of single-use plastic bags. In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that because Victoria’s primary aim in enacting the ban was the environment, it required approval by the Minister of Environment – something it failed to receive...

Saskatchewan Household Hazardous Waste Products Stewardship Regulations

On June 27, 2019, the Government of Saskatchewan approved The Household Hazardous Waste Products Stewardship Regulations, requiring manufacturers and retailers (first sellers) of household hazardous waste (HHW) products...

ECCC Publications on Food Loss and Waste

Environment and Climate Change Canada is pleased to announce that the following reports are now available online..

Sobeys to Remove Plastic Bags From All Stores Next Year

Shoppers at Sobeys Inc. grocery stores will soon need to bring their own totes or lug their purchases home in paper bags as the chain moves to phase out plastic bags by February 2020...

Loblaw Executive Serious About Sustainability

Speaking to more than 900 attendees at the Consumer Goods Forum’s Global Summit, held June 11-14 in Vancouver, Loblaw executive chairman Galen Weston implored attendees to work together in some unconventional ways to make greater progress on environmental issues…

Loblaw Joins Loop to Bring Reusable Packaging Program to Canada

Loop, a circular shopping system designed to reduce single-use packaging, has announced that Loblaw will help bring the first-of -its-kind platform to Canada...

GFL to Acquire Canada Fibers

GFL Environmental Inc. (“GFL”) announced in July that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Canada Fibers Ltd. and its affiliates (“Canada Fibers”)...

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo Break Ties with Plastic Lobbying Group Amid Mounting Scrutiny Over Pollution

Facing public pressure over contributions to plastic pollution, drink makers Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are cutting ties this year with a trade association representing the plastics industry...

Coca-Cola’s Sustainability Packaging Plans

The Coca-Cola Co. is updating packaging for its Dasani water brand during the next year to help reduce plastic waste and encourage more recycled and renewable materials...

EPR Proposal for Packaging Hits USA National Stage

In July, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal released an outline of legislation to address single-use plastics and packaging that would hold producers and consumers responsible for the waste they produce...

100% Recyclable Chocolate Bar Wrapper

Nestle has launched a new recyclable paper snack bar wrapper that can be used on a high-speed packaging line in a ‘world-first’ technological breakthrough...

Greener Packaging for Guinness and Other Brewers

Green beer used to be a St. Patrick’s Day gimmick, but a sustainability movement seems to be taking off in the beer packaging industry...

Development of Recycling-Friendly Toothpaste Tube

Colgate-Palmolive has developed a toothpaste tube that passed tests for sortability by materials recovery facilities and processability by plastics reclaimers...

Holiday Inn, InterContinental Hotels to Ditch Individual, Mini Bathroom Amenities

The owner of Holiday Inn and InterContinental Hotels said Tuesday that its nearly 843,000 guest rooms are switching to bulk-size bathroom amenities as part of an effort to cut waste. The transition is due to be completed in 2021...

San Francisco Airport Banning Sale of Single Use Water Bottles

San Francisco International Airport has just introduced a new policy that will completely avoid the use of plastic water bottles...

Rome Offers Metro Travel in Exchange for Bottles

The City of Rome has launched a new scheme where residents can trade plastic bottles for travel on its public transport system...

Lawsuit Over Keurig Coffee Pod Recyclability Moving Forward

A federal judge in California recently ruled that a class action lawsuit against Keurig Green Mountain Inc. can move forward. The lawsuit was proposed by a California consumer who says the company (now Keurig Dr Pepper) made false claims about its coffee pods’ recyclability...

France to Ban Destruction of Unsold Consumer Products

France’s prime minister has announced a crackdown on the destruction of unsold or returned consumer products, a move that will affect luxury goods brands and online retailers such as Amazon...

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