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Canada’s Single-Use Plastics Law May Restrict Biodegradable Plastics

Written by Jonathan D. Cocker, Baker McKenzie Some might have wondered what the purpose might be for this joint assessment from Environment and Climate Change Canada and Health Canada:  Draft Science Assessment of Plastic Pollution, January 2020. After all, the federal government and the provinces have already entered into an agreement through the Canadian Council of the Ministers […]

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Should Countries Outside of Europe Adopt EU Single-Use Plastics Law?

Written by Jonathan D. Cocker, Baker McKenzie The European Union’s landmark Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Directive is set to be enacted into member states’ national laws by 2021.  Some countries outside the EU have already signaled their intention, in all but name, to adopt consistent SUP laws, for good commercial and regulatory reasons.     Confidence in […]

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Automakers Charge Headlong Into EV Battery Recovery

Written by Jonathan D. Cocker, Baker McKenzie There has certainly been rapid growth in the market for electric vehicles (EV), in part due to their associated (and celebrated) environmental attributes.  What receives much less attention, however, is the looming waste-management challenge, particularly for EV lithium-ion batteries (LIBs).  The proliferation of post-consumer LIBs has yet to […]

Ontario Company Fined $10,000 for unapproved waste site

Coco Paving Inc., a paving company that operates an asphalt plant in Belleville, was recently fined $10,000 plus a victim surcharge of $2,500 for burning waste at its site without an Environmental Compliance Approval from the Ontario Environment Ministry. The initial investigation stemmed from Environment Ministry staff responding to a complaint from the public about […]

Saskatoon’s considering Recycling and Organics programs for IC&I Sector

The City of Saskatoon, is considering options for requirements for recycling and organics for the Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (IC&I) sector. At present, the Administration is recommending that the IC&I sector be required to have separate containers for garbage and recycling and, if food or yard waste is generated as part of operations, a separate […]

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Tire-Derived Fuels Making Inroads in Canada

Written by Jonathan D. Cocker, Baker McKenzie Following some recent key milestones for the tire-derived fuels industries, it appears that TDF is now positioned for significant growth across Canada in the coming years.  It hasn’t been easy in light of long-standing environmental concerns and pressures for circular economy solutions for end-of-life tires but TDF may […]

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Li-Cycle Ships First Commercial Load of Recycled Battery Material to Customer

Li-Cycle Corp., a Ontario-based based lithium-ion battery recovery company, recently announced the maiden shipment of commercial product, containing energy metals concentrate, has been made to a customer. The shipped product comprised of cobalt, nickel and lithium recovered from lithium-ion batteries and was produced at Li-Cycle’s processing facility in Ontario, Canada. “The first shipment of commercial […]