Entries by John Nicholson

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Industry 4.0 and the Circular Economy: Towards a Wasteless Future or a Wasteful Planet?

Industry 4.0 and Circular Economy: Towards a Wasteless Future or a Wasteful Planet? by Antonis Mavropoulos and Anders Waage Nilsen Publishing September 2020 HOW THE MARRIAGE OF INDUSTRY 4.0 AND THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY CAN RADICALLY TRANSFORM WASTE MANAGEMENT—AND OUR WORLD Do we really have to make a choice between a wasteless and nonproductive world or […]

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The End of Landfills in Ontario? Proposed amendments to the Environmental Assessment Act and the Impact on Waste Management

Written by Harry Dahme and Jessica Boily, Gowlings WLG On July 8, 2020, the Ontario government introduced Bill 197 in the Legislative Assembly. Entitled the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, the proposed changes within the Bill amend twenty different Acts, including the Environmental Assessment Act. While some of the amendments proposed in Bill 197 seek to address challenges encountered during COVID-19 […]

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Lessons Learned on Collection Policies in Ottawa

Written by the Continuous Improvement Fund In anticipation of the curbside collection contracts renewal, pending regulatory/policy change and the development of a 30-year Solid Waste Master Plan, the City of Ottawa retained Dillon Consulting Limited (Dillon) to complete a study and develop a curbside collection model. The model assisted the City in identifying the most […]


Terrapure and East Penn Canada recognized for closed-loop battery recycling solutions

Terrapure Environmental® and East Penn Canada recently announced that they received an Environment + Energy Leader Award for Project of the Year for their closed-loop, circular-economy approach to lead battery recycling. The Environment + Energy Leader Awards is a program recognizing excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits, and […]

Fun with Waste: Milk Waste to T-shirts

Mi Terro, a Los Angeles-based cleantech startup recently began manufacturing T-shirts using spoiled using fibers manufactured from spoiled milk.  The company uses biotechnology to re-engineer milk proteins into sustainable fibers.  The fibers can replace plastic in fashion, medical, and packaging industries.  The fibers can also be used to make t-shirts using 60% less water than […]

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U.S.: Expansion of a New Mapping Tool For Managing Debris

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) recently announced the nationwide expansion of an interactive dataset that maps recyclers and landfills for the planning, response, and recovery of debris. This debris recovery tool has already proven valuable in training exercises and response activity to natural disasters. “EPA is prepared to help communities more rapidly recover […]

Ontario Government to grant Municipalities the right to landfill Approvals

The Ontario Government recently introduced legislation that will provide municipal governments with the right to approve new landfill projects. When the legislative process is complete, impacted communities will have a final say on whether a proposed project can move forward. The legislation provides that municipalities within 3.5km of a proposed landfill site – whether a […]