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Winter 2018

Nova Scotia Film Possibly going to Landfill after New Chinese Markets Restrictions Come Into Effect

China’s forthcoming import ban on recyclable materials could impact the Halifax government’s budget by more than a million dollars, and the company that processes the materials has asked the Nova Scotia government for permission to...

Industry Accountability Key To Unburdening Municipal Landfills

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2017 will mark ElectroRecycle's all-time high for recycling volumes of small appliances and power tools, continuing a six-year growth streak. That's because...

Guest Opinion: It’s Time for Recycled-Content Mandates

Accelerating the transition to a circular economy has become a high priority for major companies and governments around the globe...

Beaver Municipal Solutions Recognized as One of Alberta's Top Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Beaver Municipal Solutions was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2018)...

Expansion to Saskatchewan’s Electronics Recycling Program

An updated list of electronic items acceptable for recycling will come into effect May 1, 2018. New items include countertop microwave ovens, desktop and portable scanners, floor-standing printers, external storage drives and modems, game consoles, e-book readers, and portable GPS systems...

Montreal’s Plastic Bag Ban – Effective January 1st

Montreal’s new bylaw banning single-use plastic bags went into effect January 1st, making it the first major Canadian city to put forward such a rule...

ON Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Program Wind Up

On February 8, 2018 the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change issued directions under the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016 to Ontario Electronic Stewardship to wind up the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Program by June 30, 2020...

Volunteers Turn Plastic Bags into Sleeping Mats for Homeless at Winnipeg Church

Winnipeg crafters came together in December to crochet cozy sleeping mats for homeless people using plastic shopping bags...

European Parliament Halts Perverse Subsidies for WtE

In January European Parliament voted to align the Renewable Energy Directive with the circular economy, by strengthening the criteria for the use of waste and residues for energy production...

McDonald’s Recycling-Related Pledges

The world’s largest restaurant operator will increase recycling access at its food outlets and make packaging changes to lessen environmental impacts...

Brilliant Alternative to Disposable Coffee Cups – City of Freiburg

The city of Freiburg, Germany, has come up with an excellent solution to the problem of rampant coffee cup waste and human forgetfulness. In November 2016, it launched the Freiburg Cup...

‘Latte Levy’ of 25p Urged by British MPs

MPs in the UK are calling for a 25p “latte levy” on disposable coffee cups – and a total ban unless recycling improves...

WRAP UK Launches New Industry Guidelines for Food Date Labels

Waste agency WRAP unveiled a new date label guidance for food manufacturers and retailers, in November, to help tackle the amount of edible food discarded in UK homes...

British Supermarket Chain Vows to Eliminate Plastic Packaging

As boutique package-free grocery stores have begun to pop up worldwide – offering bulk products, unwrapped produce and environmentally friendly packaging alternatives – larger grocery store chains have begun to take notice...

Queen Bans Plastic Cups and Drinking Straws From Palaces

The Queen has been inspired by Sir David Attenborough to join the campaign to reduce the use of plastic, banning straws and bottles from the royal estates...

England Co-op Reducing Food Waste by Selling Food Past Best-Before Date

East of England Co-op has instigated a food waste clampdown with a scheme that allows shoppers to purchase food items past their best-before date...

DoorDash Delivering Extra Food From Restaurants to Food Banks

It’s the end of the day at Bodhi Bowl, a vegan restaurant in downtown L.A., and the chef has eight pounds of leftover rice. By law, it can’t be served again the next day in the cafe. When the restaurant first opened...

Nestlé Moving its Food Scraps up the Waste Hierarchy to Redistribute Site-Level Food Waste

A new initiative from Nestlé and food redistribution organization Company Shop could increase the amount of food redistributed from UK operations by two million meals annually, by using site assessments to reduce waste at its source...

Stella McCartney and Ellen MacArthur Present Roadmap for Circular Fashion Industry

The sheer scale of textile waste caused by the clothing industry has been laid bare in a damning new report co-launched by Dame Ellen MacArthur and fashion designer Stella McCartney...

H&M Launches Recycled Polyester Sportswear

Clothing giant H&M has unveiled a new sportswear collection for women that is predominately made from recycled polyester, bringing the company closer to its goal of becoming circular by 2030...

Dell Targets E-Waste with Recycled Gold Initiative

Fresh from incorporating ocean plastics into products, technology firm Dell has announced an industry pilot aimed at using recycled gold from discarded electronics in new computer motherboards...

RCA Strategic Plan Update

The Board updated the RCA’s Strategic Plan in January. A summary of the outcomes can be reviewed here.

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