Entries by John Nicholson

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Environmental Regulatory Compliance in B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Quebec During COVID-19

Written by Sabrina Spencer, Dufferin Harper, Jonathan W. Kahn, Charles Kazaz, and Sydney McLauchlan, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP In light of ongoing uncertainty of the duration of COVID-19 and its impact on industrial operations and despite the federal government only committing to the exercise of “enforcement discretion,” several provinces have recently acted to temporarily […]

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Global Smart Waste Management Market valued at at $1.5 Billion

According to a recent market research report prepared by Maximize Market Research, the global smart waste management market was valued at US$ 1.5 Billion in 2019 and is expected to reach approximately US$ 9.53 Billion by 2027, at compound annual growth rate of 26% during forecast period of 2020 to 2027. The global smart waste management […]

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German Researchers Discover Plastic-Eating Bacteria

Researchers in Germany recently published a research paper in Frontiers in Microbiology in which they describe the isolating a strain of bacteria that can degrade plastic.  The specific bacteria Pseudomonas sp. were able to biodegrade polyurethanes.  The plastic, specifically polyurethane, served as the sole source of carbon and energy for the bacteria. Due to the […]

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Timeline extended for Ontario Blue Box Transition Plan

Stewardship Ontario, recently announced that the Ontario government had granted an extension for the submission of the blue box transition plan to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA).  Stakeholders now have until July 8, 2020 to submit input on how Ontario’s Blue Box recycling program should be transitioned to a full producer responsibility model. Stewardship […]

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Investment Firm High on Specific Waste Industry Company Stocks during COVID-19 Pandemic

The Motley Fool, a multimedia financial-services company, recently recommended two waste management companies for dividend-minded investors during this current tumultuous time. Waste not, want not One stock the Motley Fool is high on is Waste Connections Inc. (TSX:WCN)(NYSE:WCN).  The Motley Fool basis its assessment on the company on its view that waste disposal services will remain […]

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Removing Contaminants from Landfill Leachate using Electro-Oxidation

Written by Nicole Bolea, PE, Xogen Technologies Inc. More than just ammonia removal… Previously the application of Advanced Electro-Oxidation, AEO, technology was shown to be a viable option for ammonia removal from landfill leachate.  Though ammonia is a major problem and still a target, recent testing and piloting has shown Advanced Electro-Oxidation destroys many more contaminants […]

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Multi-criteria decision making framework for plastic packaging: An expanded life cycle approach

Written by Calvin Lakhan, Ph.D., Co-Investigator: “The Waste Wiki” – Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University This white paper is a general overview of a tool being developed by York University and Pollution Probe to help stakeholders better understand the impacts (environmental, economic and social) of plastics with respect to product and packaging design. Our goal is […]