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Motor Oil Recycling: Barriers and Breakthroughs

Written by Zachary Gray, B.Eng.Biosci., Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering Motor oil changes are a sacrament in our car-obsessed modern life, while the mechanics working in the auto shops are their enforcers and evangelizers.  Every 5,000 to 8,000 kilometres, car owners begrudgingly schedule an oil change between busy work days and weekend errands.   Primer of […]


Windsor-Essex Recycling Success Story

The Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority (EWSWA) is one of the few municipalities in North America that has had minimal impact from the recycled material bans issued in Asia. The secret to its success is due to dealing exclusively with North American processors. The EWSWA is the governmental agency charged with the responsibility of providing an […]

Ontario: Use of Excess Funds from Stewardship Programs

The Ontario Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MOECP) recently issued new directions regarding the use of surplus funds remaining from the wind up of Ontario Tire Stewardship and Ontario Electronic Stewardship. The Ontario Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority has extended consultations on the Wind Up Plan for the two stewardship organizations. Tires As […]

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Wood ash recycling program could help save Muskoka’s forests and lakes

Written by James A. Donaldson, Canadian Wood Waste Recycling Business Group Implementing a new residential wood ash program in Muskoka, Ont., to restore calcium levels in its forest soils and lakes could help replenish the area’s dwindling supply of crayfish and maple sap, according to new research co-led by York University. Calcium levels in soil […]

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Fun with Waste: Cartons to Carpets

Serge Attukwei Clottey is the founder of Ghana’s GoLokal performance collective. His work explores the cross-cutting themes of environmental protection and social justice. His concept of “Afrogallonism” is a celebration of the yellow gallon containers, initially used as cooking oil canisters and then recycled to collect water or fuel. Found throughout Ghana and known locally as jerrycans, the plastic […]

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Pennsylvania recycling facility part of pilot program to accept flexible plastic packaging

J.P. Mascaro and Sons, a Pennsylvania-based recycling company, recently declared itself ready to be the first recycling plant in the United States operating a pilot program that accepts plastic shopping bags as part of the usual recycling stream. The experiment, which Mascaro hopes will start in the late spring at its TotalRecycle Inc. plant near Birdsboro […]