Entries by John Nicholson

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Fun with Waste: Upcycling old clothes

In a recent article in the Halifax Chronicle Herald, describes the upcycling efforts of Jess Gillis who is creating new redesigns of old clothes.  could be a fun way to upcycle some of her older pieces.  In the article, she is quoted, “Thrifting and upcycling is so useful when you’re looking for a unique piece […]

Ontario’s Durham Region Moving ahead with Anaerobic Digester Facility

The Region of Durham Council, elected offiicals that represent the municipality located immediately east of Toronto, recently agreed to continue the negotiation of a joint venture/co-ownership agreement with Epcor Utilities for the development of the Anaerobic Digestion plant for source separate organics. The mixed waste pre-sort AD facility with an energy-from-waste plant will be a […]

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GFL Environmental Announces US$835 million Acquisition of Assets and Expansion of U.S. Footprint

GFL Environmental Inc. (NYSE andTSX: GFL) (“GFL” or the “Company”), a Canadian-headquartered environmental services company, recently announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase a portfolio of vertically integrated solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal assets (the “Acquisition”) for an aggregate purchase price of US$835 million. The assets to be acquired by […]

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Start-up receives $2.75M from SDTC to commercialize the manufacture of bioplastics from agricultural byproducts

Sustainable Canada Technology Canada (SDTC) recently announced that it had granted $2.75 million to EcoPackers, a Canadian cleantech company that converts agricultural byproducts into 100 percent plant-based and compostable alternatives to traditional plastic inputs. Conceived by CEO Nuha Siddiqui during her time as president of the University of Toronto chapter of the social entrepreneurship club […]

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New study in the publication Nature finds compostable coffee pods a superior alternative to plastic pods

Written by Calvin Lakhan, Ph.D, Co-Investigator: “The Waste Wiki” – Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University Recently, the esteemed academic journal Nature, published a study by University of Tennessee – Knoxville, which undertook a Life Cycle Assessment of compostable coffee pods. This study specifically examined the economic and environmental viability of compostable pods, relative […]

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Goal Setting in a post Covid waste world: How have our priorities changed? What comes next?

Written by Calvin Lakhan, Ph.D, Co-Investigator: “The Waste Wiki” – Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University Prior to almost every facet of our world being upended by a terrible and unexpected pandemic, stakeholders were working closer and closer to what some may even call a consensus with respect to waste management. Terms like circular […]

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Waste Technology Company selected as a “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum

Enevo, a smart waste technology company, was recently selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”.  Enevo’s unique Internet of Things (IoT) sensor technology, analytics and logistics software monitor and predict waste behavior to create custom, sustainable, and efficient waste services. The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers are early […]

Fun with Waste: Wetsuit Wrangle turns trash into Yoga Mats

What do old wetsuits, delicious beer and chic yoga mats have in common? The Wetsuit Wrangle. On Sunday, July 5, from 3 to 7 p.m., Islamorada-based Key Dives will host the third annual upcycling event in the Florida Keys Brewing Co’s beer garden. Scuba divers do good for the oceans by bringing in old wetsuits for […]

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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 […]