Entries by John Nicholson

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Canadian company claims it can 100% recycle Lithium Batteries

Li-Cycle, a three-year old company headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario recently announced that had developed a method that allows it to achieve a recycling rate of 80% to 100% of materials in lithium-ion batteries. ​It is estimated that 5% of lithium-ion batteries are collected for recycling (i.e. not reuse) globally, with some jurisdictions (e.g. some member states […]

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Canadian Government funding for innovative plastic recycling technologies

The government of Canada is partnering with Canadian businesses to develop innovative solutions to keep plastics in the economy and out of landfills and the environment. The government recently announced six winners of the Canadian Plastics Innovation Challenge, a part of the Innovative Solutions Canada program. Dealing with issues related to food packaging, construction waste, and […]

Polystyrene foam recycling returns to two Ontario Municipalities

Two Ontario municipalities recently began recycling polystyrene foam. The Town of Brockton and the Town of Hanover now recycle polystyrene foam, in part due to $9,700 in grant money received from the Foam Recycling Coalition. Brockton, Ontario is located Bruce County, approximately 200 km northwest of Toronto. As of 2016, the population was 9,461. Hanover, […]

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Myths vs. Facts on Recycling in Canada

With major headline in newspapers and newscasts on recycling in Canada, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) deemed it necessary to publish a fact sheet that dispels the myths and state the facts on recycling in Canada. The Fact Sheet addresses one of the most persistent myths surrounding recycling, which is that no […]

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Jet fuel production from waste plastics

Researchers from Washington State University (WSU) recently published a paper in the Journal Advanced Energy in which they describe a research study they conducted turning waste plastics to jet fuel through catalytic pyrolysis with activated carbons. WSU’s Dr. Hanwu Lei and colleagues melted plastic waste at high temperature with activated carbon, a processed carbon with […]

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Ontario looking to revamp recycling and plastic waste programs

The Ontario government recently appointed a special advisor to assist in revamping the Province’s recycling programs. The Ontario government has engaged David Lindsay, currently the President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities, as a Special Advisor on Recycling and Plastic Waste prepare a report by the end of the summer on how to tackle plastic […]

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Fun with Waste: Trashion Fashion

Created in 2011, Trashionfashion is a not-for-profit organization that is on a mission to contribute to a global reduction of waste through creative solutions. The organization hopes to foster a generation of conscious consumers, creators and communities who will change the way the world sees waste. The organization achieves this through productions, education, and community […]

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Waste Not, Want Not: Recycled vs. Recyclable

Written by Calvin Lakhan, Ph.D, Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University This past weekend, at a gathering with friends, the topic of recycling came up. “Did you know that they can recycle cigarette butts now?” Being known as the “garbage man” among my peers, eyes turned to me to confirm this seemingly revolutionary advancement in recycling. I […]

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Global Food Waste to Energy Market Growth (Status and Outlook) 2019-2024

LP INFORMATION (LPI), a market research company, recently published a report entitled Global Food Waste to Energy Market Growth (Status and Outlook) 2019-2024. The report presents a comprehensive overview, market shares and growth opportunities of Food Waste to Energy market by product type, application, key companies and key regions. With some 70 percent of food waste […]