Entries by John Nicholson

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Ontario proposes new hazardous and special products waste regulation

The Ontario government recently issued a draft regulation for hazardous and special products that would require producers of hazardous and special products, such as paints, pesticides, solvents, oil filters, antifreeze and pressurized containers, to collect, manage or promote the recycling or proper disposal of these products at end-of-life. Description of proposed regulation The proposed regulations puts […]

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CHAR Technologies Closes $6 Million Private Placement

CHAR Technologies Ltd. (TSX Venture Exchange: YES) recently announced it has raised CDN$6,000,000 in a non-brokered placement. CHAR Technologies is an Ontario-based cleantech development and services company, specializing in high temperature pyrolysis, converting woody materials and organic waste into renewable gases and biocarbon. “We were very pleased with the overwhelming interest and exceptional investor support […]

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Vitacore Industries launching Canada’s first single-use PPE recycling program

In partnership with McMaster University and the University of British Columbia, Vitacore Industries Inc. has launched Canada’s first single-use mask and respirator end-to-end recycling program aimed at reducing the environmental impact of single-use PPE. The pilot program officially launched across Metro Vancouver in February and provides PPE recycling bins at long term care and urgent care facilities at no cost […]

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Canada invests in waste-to-fuel study for Indigenous and Northern Communities

The Government of Canada recently announced it was providing $95,000 in financial support to the Aurora Research Institute, in association with Delta Enterprises, a Gwitch’in owned company, to study the potential of converting waste cardboard into pellets as biomass feedstock for heating homes and businesses throughout Inuvik. Northern communities are looking at ways to reduce […]

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Canada and FCM invest in expanded residual materials recycling at eco centres in Quebec Municipality

The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) recently announced the investment of $9.1 million for a project the will reuse residual materials in the eco centres of the Regional Municipal County (RMC) of La Rivière-du-Nord.  The funding is through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) which supports more sustainable communities. The GMF is […]

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Local resource recovery drives bioplastics standards globally

Written by Jonathan Cocker, Partner, BLG LLP The push to overhaul the use of conventional plastics with bio-based and/or biodegradable alternatives is supported by many multi-national companies, particularly in the various consumer goods industries. Therefore, international standardization of the bioplastic packaging or (single use) product content is seemingly foreseeable, if not inevitable. However, recent legal […]

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Manitoba Launches Organics Green Impact Bond

The Manitoba government is launching a unique $1-million Green Impact Bond that will support projects that help divert organic waste from landfills, create green jobs and reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The Green Impact Bond is a finance tool to fund impact-driven projects, enabling the government to rapidly innovate and implement new solutions for organic waste […]

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Can more recycling be a bad thing? Why including more materials in the recycling bin will do more harm economically, environmentally and socially

Written by Calvin Lakhan, Ph.D., Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University In a recent review of New York State’s proposed Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation, I was taken aback by the sheer number of materials that were included (more than 30 individual materials in all) – it included everything from the conventional (newsprint, magazines, […]

Edmonton Composting Company fined by City over Odour Issues

An Edmonton composting company, which has operated under an environmental enforcement order since 2011 and been identified in hundreds of public complaints, has agreed to pay $3,500 worth of nuisance odour tickets. CleanIt GreenIt, based in west Edmonton, said it struck a plea bargain with the Crown to pay the fine equivalent of 14 of 33 […]