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Cities and countries aim to slash plastic waste within a decade

Written by Dr. Chelsea Rochman, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto and Dr. Diane Orihel, Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Studies, Queen’s University If all goes well, 2030 will be quite a special year. Global and local community leaders from more than 170 countries have pledged to “significantly reduce” the amount of single-use […]

Plastic Shopping Bag Ban Survey in Newfoundland and Labrador

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador recently announced it will become the second province to ban plastic bags. The provincial government introduced legislation in April allowing it to ban their use at stores and other retail outlets. The ban is not expected to take effect for up to a year, to give consumers time to […]

Enerkem secures $76.3 million in financing

Quebec-based Enerkem Inc., a global company specializing in producing biofuels waste, recently announced the closing of a new round of financing totaling C$76.3 million. The financing comes from Enerkem’s existing investors, as well as a new investor, Suncor Energy Inc. This injection of additional capital will help foster the company’s growth by continuing the development […]

Ambitious Waste Diversion Plans proposed in Ontario’s Oxford County

As reported by the Woodstock Sentinel Review, the southwest Ontario municipality of Oxford County has ambitious plans to build a “waste-diversion facility” that could divert as much as 90 per cent of waste from landfill. Oxford County is a regional municipality in the Canadian province of Ontario, located in the Southwestern portion of the province. […]

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Extended Producer Responsibility for Textiles? Not So Fast…..

Written by Calvin Lakhan, Ph.D, Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University In the Ontario Environment Ministry’s Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities Discussion Paper, the question was posed: What additional materials do you think should be managed through producer responsibility to maximize diversion? Stakeholders from across the used textile collection sector highlighted textiles as being […]

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Motor Oil Recycling: Barriers and Breakthroughs

Written by Zachary Gray, B.Eng.Biosci., Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering Motor oil changes are a sacrament in our car-obsessed modern life, while the mechanics working in the auto shops are their enforcers and evangelizers.  Every 5,000 to 8,000 kilometres, car owners begrudgingly schedule an oil change between busy work days and weekend errands.   Primer of […]


Windsor-Essex Recycling Success Story

The Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority (EWSWA) is one of the few municipalities in North America that has had minimal impact from the recycled material bans issued in Asia. The secret to its success is due to dealing exclusively with North American processors. The EWSWA is the governmental agency charged with the responsibility of providing an […]

Ontario: Use of Excess Funds from Stewardship Programs

The Ontario Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MOECP) recently issued new directions regarding the use of surplus funds remaining from the wind up of Ontario Tire Stewardship and Ontario Electronic Stewardship. The Ontario Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority has extended consultations on the Wind Up Plan for the two stewardship organizations. Tires As […]