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Kingston to Issue RFP for a MRF

The City of Kingston, Ontario will be issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the retrofit, design, and construction of a materials recovery facility (MRF). The drafting of the RFP began in earnest when City Council recently voted in favour of a new MRF and for the weekly collection of blue and grey boxes. City […]

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Artificial Intelligence and Robotics could revolutionize MRFs

Ferrovial, a global infrastructure operator and municipal services company, and EIT Climate-KIC (a public-private innovation partnership) are collaborating with start-up ZenRobotics to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics into the company’s municipal recycling facilities (MRFs). In accordance with a rule set last year by the European Parliament, European Union countries will have to recycle 55 […]

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British Columbians and Nova Scotians are Canada’s best recyclers

Written by John Mullinder, Executive Director, The Paper & Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council Nova Scotia might have the country’s highest diversion rate as a province (44%) but British Columbians recycle more as individuals. An analysis of the latest data from Statistics Canada shows that the average British Columbian diverted 377 kilograms of waste in 2016. […]

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The Elephant in the room: Where are we going to get waste/diversion data for the IC&I sector?

by Calvin Lakhan, Ph.D., Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University Note: For those who may not be familiar with the term, the IC&I sector refers to Institutional, Commercial and Industrial waste generators such as factories, hospitals, hotels, manufacturing plants etc. It is estimated that the IC&I sector makes up approximately 3/4th of all waste material generated in […]

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Can-Am Recycling of Batteries Made Easier Under New Cross-Border Regulation

by Jonathan Cocker, Baker McKenzie The interprovincial and international movement of hazardous recyclable materials, such as used batteries, is already big business and will only grow in the coming years in North America. Internationally, no less than 99% of all (lawful) hazardous recyclables (and hazardous waste) exported from, or imported to, Canada are with the United […]

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Dressing the problem: Textile Waste in Canada

By Zachary Gray, B.Eng. Biosci., Chemical & Bioengineering Canadians dispense with their frayed, used clothing by the millions of tons each year.  Good Samaritans flood noble ventures, including the Salvation Army Thrift Stores and Goodwill Services, with their worn textiles, while some consumers exchange their threads for in-store vouchers with fast fashion lines, such as […]

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Montreal has approved construction of a $175-million composting plant

The City Council of Montreal recently voted to approve the construction of a $175-million composting plant in St-Laurent borough. Suez Canada Waste Services Inc. will build the facility. New provincial laws regulating odours added to the costs of the facility, said Coun. Émilie Thuillier, vice-chair of the city’s contract review committee. Thuiller also said officials […]

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Waste Audits: Why Statistical Significance is not a useful objective

by Calvin Lakhan, Ph.D., Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University One of the foremost issues with auditing approaches is the erroneous use of the term statistical significance. I can’t tell you the number of times I have heard stakeholders from all sectors ask the question, “Was it a statistically significant sample?” A term many of […]