Entries by John Nicholson

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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 […]

Fun with Waste: Tire Sculptures

Artist Nkwocha Ernest is an artist that specializes in sculptures from used tires. He lives in Lagos Nigeria and is a graduate from Auchi Polytechnic. His artwork, which is driven by a desire to clean up Lagos, is gaining popularity in Nigeria. He started by creating small parts with the tire material and wanted to […]

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Developing Recycling Solutions for Fiberglass

KWI Polymers, headquartered in Boisbriand, Quebec, recently received $150,000 in funding under the Canadian Plastics Innovation Challenge to develop a possible solution for recycling fiberglass. The CPIC is funded by the Innovative Solutions Canada program. The end result could potentially turn transformed materials into street furniture, railings, sidewalks and decking. There are few options for recycling and […]

U.S. Business Opportunity: Government Research Funding for waste-related R&D

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced over $79 million (USD) in funding for bioenergy research and development including biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. This funding supports DOE’s goal of providing consumers and businesses with a range of domestic energy options that are affordable, reliable, and secure.     There are a number of topics areas […]

Fun with Waste: Trash Sport

Combining fitness with waste collection is growing in popularity around the globe. In Japan, a sport called supo-gomi taikai involves teams competing to see who can collect as much litter as possible. The inventor of the sport, Kenichi Mamitsuka, would often pick up litter and, in order to make the activity more fun, tried to […]

Sudbury Councillor’s Cash for Trash Plan

A municipal Councillor from the City of Greater Sudbury is offering an incentive of cash to persons that help clean up his ward. Under Michael Vagnini’s plan, he will pay one dollar of his own money for every 10 pieces of trash picked up in his ward. There are several catches to his plan. First, […]

Lethbridge, Alberta may profit from Curbside Recycling

The City of Lethbridge, Alberta recently began a municipal curbside recycling program. Unlike many North American cities that were left in a bind after China refused their recyclables, Lethbridge has made sure that it has secure contracts with only Canadian and U.S. recyclers. Lethbridge is located in southern Alberta and has a population of approximately […]