Entries by John Nicholson

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Canada Business Opportunity for Waste Management Entrepreneurs

The Canadian government, through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, recently issued a Food Waste Reduction Challenge to entrepreneurs that have concepts and demonstration projects to reduce the food waste, fight climate change, and strengthen food systems.  The prizes range from $100,000 to $1.5 million.  The Food Waste Reduction Challenge is currently accepting applications for Streams A […]

COVID-19 Lockdown Measures in Ontario and the Impact on Waste Management

The Ontario government is moving Peel Region and Toronto into Lockdown effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01am. Durham Region and Region of Waterloo will move to “Red-Control” level (restrictions across multiple sectors). Lockdown measures and restrictions will largely affect retail establishments, restaurants, bars, sports and entertainment facilities, post-secondary schools, and meeting and event spaces, […]


Regina’s Green Cart Pilot Project showing signs of Success

The first month results are in on the City of Regina’s green cart pilot project.  Pilot projects participants of the Saskatchewan city of 230,000 have increased the residential diversion rate to 51.7 per cent by using their green carts. These early results show that when fully implemented, green carts will help move Regina closer to […]


Curbside Tune-Up of Organics and Recyclables in Squamish, B.C.

The District of Squamish, in partnership with Squamish CAN, and Recycle BC, is conducted curbside checks to help improve individual organics and recycling. Auditors will visit all Squamish neighbourhoods for brief inspections of both recycling and organics totes in October. The Audit The audit work as follows: Auditors will conduct a brief visual inspection of […]

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Ontario’s Proposed Blue Box Transition Legislation: Progress, or doubling down on a broken system?

Written by Calvin Lakhan, Ph.D, Co-Investigator: “The Waste Wiki” – Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University For much of this past week, I have been asked by a range of stakeholders and media outlets to provide my thoughts on Ontario’s proposed Blue Box transition plan. Generally speaking, the headlines surrounding the province’s announcement have […]

In-vessel Composter for Sale in Ontario

Wastenot Farms is selling an in-vessel digestor (composter) purchased new from Brome Compost inc. in Sept ’19. Please contact [email protected] for more information. Asking: $45,000 • Brome In-vessel Composter Model # 516: Rotating Industrial Composter • Purchased new in Sept 2019 • Interested in more info, please email: [email protected] • Located in Orangeville, Ontario

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Canadian Government Proposed Integrated Management Approach to Plastic Products to Prevent Waste and Pollution

A Canadian federal government recently released a Discussion Paper entitled A Proposed Integrated Management Approach to Plastic Products to Prevent Waste and Pollution.  The purposed of the discussion paper is to seek input on a proposed integrated management approach to plastics to take a number of actions, including regulations which would be developed under the […]

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Ontario’s blue box transition: Bringing individual producer responsibility to packaging

Written by Jonathan Cocker, BLG and Denisa Mertiri, Green Earth Strategy On October 19, 2020, Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks released a proposed regulation to govern the Ontario blue box program under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (the RRCEA). The regulation will transition Ontario’s blue box recycling program, covering paper products […]


Woolwich Bio-En Inc. expands Anaerobic Digestion Operations

The Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) recently amended the renewable energy approval for the Woolwich Bio-En Inc. Anaerobic Digestion Facility. This Class 3 Anaerobic Digestion facility generates 2.85 megawatts of electricity and 3.02 megawatts of heat from the biogas produced from a variety of organic materials, including, but not limited to the following: […]