Entries by John Nicholson

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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 […]

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Battery Recycling Program to Launch in Saskatchewan

The Government of Saskatchewan recently launched a new recycling program for consumer batteries that will provide an option for people in various parts of the province to dispose of their household batteries in an environmentally responsible manner. Launching January 1, 2021, the program is operated by Call2Recycle Canada Inc., a non-profit environmental stewardship organization that […]

Halifax moving ahead with $288 million composting facility

The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), Nova Scotia recently awarded Harbour City Resources (HCR), a consortium of companies, with the contract to Design-Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (DBOOT) a composting facility under a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) with a 25 – 35 year operations and maintenance period.  The new facility will be able to deal with 60,000 tonnes of organic waste a […]

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An examination of household waste behavior: What drives us to do what we do, and has COVID affected our attitudes towards waste?

Written by  Calvin Lakhan, Ph.D, Co-Investigator: “The Waste Wiki” – Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University Over the past 8 months, the university has been conducting a series of studies examining household waste management behavior in Ontario. This includes: An examination of household attitudes and self-reported behaviors regarding illegal dumping An examination of whether […]

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Two Recycling Company CEOs make the Canadian Tech Entrepreneurs Watch List for 2021

MaRS, a organization that help Canadian start-up companies frown into successful companies, recently released its list of the top 21 Canadian tech entrepreneurs to watch in 2021.  Included in the list are the CEO’s from two recycling companies – GreenMantra and Li-Cycle Corp. Jodie Morgan, CEO, GreenMantra Markets have been plagued by uncertainty this year, […]