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City of Kamloops to fine repeat recycling offender
Homeowners who repeatedly violate recycling restrictions in Kamloops could now be faced with fines.
Rocky View’s Compost Dispute Underscores Challenges of Going Green
Milton Scott tours around the rural roads of Rocky View County in his big, black Ford truck. He points at farmyards, identifying adversaries and allies.
Report: GFL Environmental plans potential $1.5B IPO
Toronto-based GFL Environmental aims to raise up to C$1.98 billion ($1.5 billion USD) for an IPO this fall, according to a report by The Globe and Mail.
Waste Management Unveils Innovative Driver & Technician Training Center Supporting ‘Safety, People First Culture’
Company Opens Second Facility of its Kind to Serve as Training Hub for the Western and Central United States and Canada
How Singapore’s Private Sector Is Pursuing a Zero Waste Future
The country's only landfill site is set to reach capacity in 2035.
New deals to United Arab Emirates, China and Finland
BMH Technology has signed new deals to the United Arab Emirates, China and Finland. The contracts amount to a total value of 23,5 million euros.
Cummins Westport Appoints Gordon Exel as President
Cummins Westport Inc. (“CWI”) today announced that Gordon Exel of Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (“Westport Fuel Systems”) has been appointed as President of CWI effective July 8, 2019.
Recommendations for the Excess Soil Regulatory Proposal
OWMA submitted recommendations to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, to maximize the safe reuse of soils, while ensuring environmental protections are in place to prevent illegal dumping and movement of contaminated soil.
Having a Safety 360 Mindset in the Workplace
The month of June, which is National Safety Month, reminds us all that making safety a priority and keeping safe practices top of mind is instrumental to minimizing incidents year-round!
Cobra Structures Join Britespan as New Authorized Dealer
Britespan is excited to share that Cobra Structures has joined our network of authorized dealers!
Eco Expo Asia 2019 returns with increased support thanks to the Greater Bay Area initiative
The annual trade fair dedicated to environmental protection, Eco Expo Asia returns from 30 October ‒ 2 November at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong. The Expo is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government.
Mobile Shredder Transforms Crapper & Sons’ Biomass Operation
Having started out as a Quarrying firm more than 60 years ago, the family-run business owns a landfill site in Wiltshire, but 30 acres is actually dedicated to salvaging as much ‘waste’ as possible.
Expanding bottle deposits would divert 118,000 tonnes from Ontario landfills, study says
As Europe elevates its recycling targets, a new report says a deposit-return system for non-alcoholic beverage bottles in Ontario would eliminate 118,000 tonnes of plastic, glass and cans from landfill, incinerators and litter.
Considering custom conveyor components
A custom conveyor quote can seem a bit intimidating with so many moving parts (literally). Both the buyer and seller will need to conduct thorough questioning to ensure an understanding of the needs and the best solution for your application.
How fleet cameras can save money on fuel and other costs
Running a fleet of commercial vehicles is an expensive business, and if you’re looking to make fuel efficiencies and cut costs generally, ensuring all your vehicles have mobile digital recording on board may not seem like the obvious way to save money.
MECP Minister Appoints Special Advisor on Recycling & Plastic Waste
On June 7th, Minister Rod Philips appointed David Lindsay to facilitate a process between municipal governments, producers and other stakeholders to transition the Blue Box program to full producer responsibility.
Recycling Council of Ontario Applauds Government of Canada’s Action on Plastic Waste
Plastic pollution is a serious global threat to the environment and economy. Today's announcement that Canada will ban single-use plastics, make companies responsible for plastic waste, and invest to grow recycling across the country, is a comprehensive approach to address plastic pollution across the country.
Canada to ban harmful single-use plastics and hold companies responsible for plastic waste
Plastic pollution is a global challenge that requires immediate action. Plastic waste ends up in our landfills and incinerators, litters our parks and beaches, and pollutes our rivers, lakes, and oceans, entangling and killing turtles, fish, and marine mammals.
SWANA Compensation Report
Interested in finding out how your salary compares to your peers? Do you want to know the average salary in your province or state?
Twelve environmental organizations call on the Canadian government to take immediate regulatory action on plastic waste and pollution
Twelve leading ocean conservancy and environmental groups have requested that Canada’s environment and health ministers take immediate regulatory action on plastic wastes and pollution, under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999, and call on the Government of Canada to add any plastic generated as a waste, or discharged from the use or disposal of products or packaging, to the Schedule 1 List of Toxic Substances under CEPA.
Sudbury garbage limit going from two bags to one
In 2016, the City of Greater Sudbury reduced the number of garbage bags that could be put out for residential collection, from three bags to two.
City waste collector dies of injuries sustained after being pinned between garbage truck and tree
A 27-year-old city waste collector who was critically injured on the job in the city’s York Mills neighbourhood last week has succumbed to his injuries.
SWANA Issues Canadian Recycling Myths vs Facts Sheet
Association urges the media to provide accurate information about the state of recycling in Canada
Improving Canada's recycling output will take 'radical changes': report
An analysis of Canada’s plastic industry shows the industry producing plastic dwarfs the industry trying to recycle it.
Southeast Asia Should Want the World’s Junk
Forcing rich countries to keep and process all of their own recycling isn’t the best way to protect the environment.
BearCom acquires event radio rentals business
BearCom Group, Inc. (“BearCom”), the nation’s largest and pre-eminent provider of wireless push-to-talk communications equipment and solutions for two-way radios and other voice, video, and data technologies, today announced that the event radio rentals business of Creative Communications in Phoenix, Arizona, has joined the BearCom family.
Molok North America Ltd. Celebrates 20th Years
Molok is pleased to announce that May 5th, 2019 marks the company’s 20th anniversary.
We’re all recycling wrong, so companies are finally trying to make it easier
If you’ve ever dropped a potato chip bag into a recycling bin full of bottles and cans and hoped it might get recycled, there’s something you should know…
Sierra Introduces the REB-X Press Portable Two-Ram Baler
Utilizing Sierra’s expertise and experience with portable machines and two-ram balers, the REB-X Press two-ram baler is easily transportable while maintaining a heavy-duty construction, remarkable performance, and the ability to process a variety of material.
The Problem With Daylighting Waste
Waste and resources are a topic on many governments and businesses’ agendas throughout the world now.
Englobe contributed $5000 in support of the TRAC Student Event
Corporate responsibility is a top priority for Englobe and we make an effort to give back to the communities in which we operate
Waste diversion improves slightly in 2018, still lags behind other major cities
Winnipeggers managed to divert about 33% of their waste from the landfill in 2018, just slightly up from the 32.1% they prevented from reaching the dump in 2017.
Bandit Industries is proud to announce that it will offer select trammel screens and conveyor stackers manufactures by Poland-based company, Pronar, Sp z o.o.
Bandit will unveil and demonstrate the Model 60 GT-HD stacker and the Model 7.24 GT at the U.S. Composting Council’s Conference and Tradeshow in Glendale, AZ., from Jan. 28-31.
Garbage truck driver won’t pick up neatly packaged recycling
Be very careful when putting out excess recyclables to the curb for pickup; some trash truck operators seem to be looking for an excuse to not collect it.
Troubled Edmonton composting facility permanently shut down
Edmonton's troubled composting facility, which is less than 20 years old, is being shut down and decommissioned after failing a recent safety inspection, city officials say.
'We are going to send this back': Malaysia returning unwanted Canadian plastic
Malaysia is denouncing Canada's "irresponsible" export of plastic waste, becoming the second Asian nation to make plans to ship Canadian trash back across the ocean.
3 Tips For Buying Your Next Large-Scale Compost Turner
Looking for a large-scale compost turner can seem difficult whether you are new to the industry or not.
Britespan manufacturing facility open house breaks down how their buildings are better
On May 24 and 25, Britespan Building System Inc. opened its doors to allow customers and community members to tour its manufacturing facility at 71 North St. in Wingham.
Sudbury residents frustrated over illegal dumping
Spring cleaning usually means a trip or two to the dump, but it seems in the Greater Sudbury area, the garbage doesn't always make it that far.
Canada’s recycling system is trash – but it’s not too late to fix it
Canada’s recycling system is broken. China’s “National Sword” policy, a ban on importing foreign recycling, was the final straw – but Beijing isn’t to blame, nor are consumers, who are doing their best.
How The Country Once Nicknamed ‘Garbage Island’ Cut Waste By 30%
As the world drowns in trash, Taiwan’s recycling success is a model of change and a beacon of hope.
The New Recycling Is Called 'Recommerce'
The world’s biggest brands want you to see those everyday household products in a different light. The shampoo bottle, the deodorant stick, razors and even your toothbrush—they all get thrown away when they’re empty or worn out. But if they were reusable—or refillable—just imagine how much waste could be avoided.
Philippines rejects Canada’s late-June timeline for garbage repatriation
The Philippines has rejected Canada's late-June timeline for repatriating its garbage, and is moving forward with plans to ship it back to Canada itself.
Federal International Recycling and Waste Solutions appoints new president/CEO
Federal International Recycling and Waste Solutions, a division of Federal International Inc., St. Louis, has named Sam Still its new CEO and president. Still replaces John Daniel, who after 13 years with Federal, is leaving to pursue other opportunities.
Unilever pioneers recycling solution for plastic packaging with new detectable black pigment
Unilever has announced the development of a new detectable black pigment, a move which the giant says could result in up to 2,500 further tonnes of plastic bottles being able to be sorted and recycled each year.
Historic U.S. Bill to Clean Up Recycling at the Bin and Save Billions
In a landmark move, a national recycling strategy is to be launched across the U.S., aiming to streamline recycling bin labels and, in so doing, give the market a desperately needed overhaul.
Nova Scotia, Ottawa to fund Harrietsfield contaminated site cleanup
Marlene Brown was 10 the last time she was able to drink the water in Harrietsfield. Now, the 59-year-old has some hope for the future after the federal and provincial governments pledged $15 million to clean up a former landfill site that has contributed to contaminated groundwater and affected area wells.
University of Waterloo Recognizes 2018's Co-op Student of the Year Award Recipients
Every year, six exceptional co-op students, one from each faculty, are recognized by the University of Waterloo for their contribution to their employer, their community and the further development of experiential education.
Canada has hired a firm to ship garbage back from the Philippines, environment minister says
Ottawa is spending more than $1 million to ship 2,000 tonnes of rotting garbage back to Canada from the Philippines, hoping to bring an end to the diplomatic war over waste before Canada Day.
Sorting out recycling programs: Which ones work best?
Changing markets and confusion over what can be thrown in recycling bins has forced some communities to rethink or even suspend their recycling programs. But many more recycling programs are working well, experts say.
Recycling those old cigarette butts
Lori Laporte is trying to beautify her parking lot. The owner of Laporte’s Nursery and Greenhouses has erected a receptacle on a fence post at the entrance of the retail store on Lakeshore Drive.
City of Kamloops adds eight textile recycling bins
Residents can help divert millions of kilograms of waste from the landfill with new textile bins and a textile pickup program. The City of Kamloops has teamed up with Diabetes Canada to add eight textile donation bins, from Rae-More Park in Rayleigh to the Barnhartvale landfill.
Dartmouth recycling company receives $500,000 innovation rebate
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) approved a business development initiative for Dartmouth Metals and Bottle Ltd. The company, which recycles large metals like cars and materials from large industrial demolition projects, is proceeding with a capital investment of just over 2.3 million dollars.
Recycling to go temporarily to dump
The recycling depot fire is out but, burning questions on the town’s future recycling plans remain.
Waste Management Earns Ranking on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List
Recognized for Environmental, Social and Governance Performance
5 Common (but easy to avoid) recycling mistakes you’re probably making
As a BC resident, you’re part of North America’s best group of recyclers. (Good job!) And although that’s absolutely something to be proud of, there’s always room for improvement.
China is stepping up its waste recycling capabilities
The waste recycling landscape is changing rapidly in China. Imports of waste have been banned, but with growing amounts of domestic waste, the need to recycle is increasing. Consequently, more pre-treatment of waste is necessary for efficient sorting and recycling.
By the Numbers: Metro Vancouver’s disposal ban in 2018
Metro Vancouver has a disposal ban in place to keep readily recyclable and hazardous materials out of the landfill. Inspectors looked at 188,135 loads of trash, and found banned materials in nine per cent of loads.
Plastic Recycling still has a long way to go in the U.S.
A new report from the Center for International Environmental Law has highlighted the environmental impact of the production and incineration of plastic around the world.
Mattress recycling program provides work experience in Port Alberni
A new program in Port Alberni will allow residents to recycle their old and unused mattresses, while also providing work experience in the community.
Recycling contamination in blue bins ‘a big problem,’ says Central Okanagan regional district
Random checks of what’s being put inside recycling carts will soon be taking place, the Regional District of the Central Okanagan announced this week.
Montreal launches campaign aimed at ‘buttheads’
The City of Montreal is targeting smokers who leave cigarette butts on the street. The butts make up about a third of all litter on city streets and are also a threat to the environment.
Why rigid federal rules make marijuana containers really hard to recycle
The cannabis growers who had to design cannabis containers faced a long, rigid set of federal rules, and not much time to figure out how to comply with them.
What Do You Know About PFAS? The Damaging Effects and Why We Shouldn't Avoid It
PFAS is a big problem but one that is not widely known about. Yet PFAS is present in more places than we think and its effects can be life threatening. We discuss what it is, where these chemicals can be found and what is being done about the problem.
Quebec Law in Effect Sept 2020. Are You Good to Go?
The Government of Quebec recently made amendments to their Highway Safety Code (chapter C-24.2) to include provisions requiring new audible and visual alarm systems for all trucks, trailers, and semi-trailers with a dump body, including roll-on and roll-off vehicles.
Conveying Performance – Our Story
Conveyor products are found in a variety of heavy industrial material handling applications. These applications are extensive here in our hometown, Calgary, Alberta and across Canada.
Recycling is broken. Can these robots help?
We're in the middle of a full-fledged international recycling crisis. The only hope may be to deal with the mess ourselves.
Corbella: Jason Nixon looking to expand electronic recycling program
Alberta’s new environment minister is considering expanding the mandatory electronics recycling program to help keep mercury, lead and other toxins out of the province’s water, and keep valuable commodities out of our landfills.
Alberta-made website uses AI to scan your recyclable bottles and estimate worth
An Alberta-designed website uses artificial intelligence to estimate how much your beverage containers would earn you at the bottle depot.
These Three Plastic Recycling Myths Will Blow Your Mind
Most likely, when you toss your plastic trash into a recycle bin you believe you’re doing the right thing. You think your plastic waste gets magically whisked away to a recycle center where it will be transformed back into more useful plastic items.
Reduce, reuse, recycle, rejected: Why Canada’s recycling industry is in crisis mode
For decades, Canadians tossed their recyclables into blue bins and never looked back. But with China cutting its imports of scrap plastic by 96 per cent, Canada’s recycling industry is struggling
Lacombe to consider throwing recycling program in the trash
The City of Lacombe might just kick blue boxes to the curb – or rather, off it. City council may choose not to renew their contract with their current recycling service provider, Environmental 360 Solutions (E360S), at their next regular meeting May 27, after learning a new contract would see costs jump 66 per cent from $4.50 per dwelling per month to $7.49.
Nelson: Calgary’s spreading garbage empire appears unstoppable
Undoubtedly, most folk have heard the expression a storm in a teacup. Well, here in Calgary we’ve a battle in a clamshell brewing. The item in question — a plastic container generally used to hold pastries and cakes — is a pain in the posterior for our gung-ho recycling warriors down at city hall.
How one Atlanta startup solved the biggest problem in food waste recovery
For any food waste recovery business, whether for profit or non-profit, the biggest expense is logistics. Jasmine Crowe, founder of Atlanta-based startup Goodr knew that from the start.
Vecoplan Chosen to Design & Build Brightmark Energy's New Plastics-to-Fuel Plant
Slated for completion in mid-2020, Brightmark’s Ashley facility will produce more than 18 million gallons of ultra-low-sulfur diesel and naphtha blend products and six million gallons of commercial-grade wax each year.
SUEZ Partners with QANTAS for World’s First Zero Waste Flight
SUEZ proudly supports Qantas in taking the first step in their ambitious waste reduction program with the world’s first zero waste to landfill flight from Sydney to Adelaide.
The City of Lethbridge opens its new material recovery facility featuring a Machinex System
Machinex is proud to attend today the Grand Opening of the new single-stream material recovery facility (MRF) of the City of Lethbridge, Alberta.
Mack Trucks Unveils Fully Electric Mack® LR Refuse Demonstration Model
Mack Trucks unveiled today its highly anticipated Mack® LR battery electric vehicle (BEV) at WasteExpo 2019. Combining the refuse industry-leading design of the Mack LR model with a fully electric Mack drivetrain, the demonstration model will begin real-world testing in 2020 in the demanding operations of the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY).
FleetMind Launches Public Safety Heroes Program to Promote Positive Waste Fleet Driving Habits
FleetMind Solutions, Inc., the award-winning technology leader for “smart truck” solutions for solid waste management, today announced the launch of its Public Safety Heroes program. With a key focus on promoting safety awareness and conscientiousness amongst waste fleet drivers, the Public Safety Heroes program will recognize and reward positive driving behaviour with awards and prizes for top drivers.
PlasticActionCentre.ca is Canada’s First National Resource for Knowledge and Action on Plastic Waste
Canada understands the consequences of plastic waste and is fully engaged like never before: governments at all levels are initiating new policies; organizations are improving business models; and individuals are eager to learn more.
City Spending $300k a year to store unwanted blue cart plastics raises ire
The city [of Calgery] is spending about $300,000 a year to stockpile clamshell plastic packaging collected by its blue cart program, leading one member of council to wonder if the material should be buried or burned.
Montreal closes two ecocentres, reduces operations at five others
The city of Montreal has closed the ecocentres in LaSalle effective immediately while cutting back on the opening hours at five other dumps. The work-training centre in LaSalle is also closed for an undetermined amount of time.
Winnipeg’s recycling needs to get cleaner; instead, people are putting dirty diapers in the blue bin
Dirty diapers and online shopping packaging are part of the reason Winnipeg recycling contamination has seen a 38 per cent jump in the last two years, the city says.
Canada makes formal offer to bring home trash that Philippines threatened ‘war’ over
Two weeks after being threatened with war, Canada is offering to bring home the containers full of garbage that sparked a diplomatic dispute with the Philippines.
Charbonneau: Recycling is broken
IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME: throw away stuff guilt-free because others can use it. Now it looks more like wishful thinking. Manufacturers encouraged the scheme because they wouldn’t have to deal with the mess caused by excess packaging.
If Canadian trash is turning into a diplomatic headache, why can’t we dispose of it ourselves?
A spokesperson for the Filipino president was unequivocal in his message: get Canadian trash out of the Philippines or risk jeopardizing seven decades of diplomatic relations.
WUDRICK: Next up for the Trudeau Liberals — a plastic tax?
They say misery loves company and for the Trudeau Liberals that apparently includes miserable tax policy. It hasn’t even been a month since Ottawa imposed its hated carbon tax on much of the country and lo and behold, it already has another new tax on the table.
Presentation on recycling, waste diversion in the Comox Valley
Do you have questions about recycling and waste diversion? Would you like to know more about what can be recycled and where? Or where our recycling ends up?
Where do recyclables from Shuswap homes end up?
Oceans turned into rolling, floating seas of plastic. Young children in poor countries scrambling through mountains of dirty plastic to find something valuable. Most recently, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte demanding Canada pick up garbage that was reportedly sent by a Canadian company in 2014 to Manila that still sits there.
Carcasses and fish guts? ‘Not in our backyard,’ says Chapel Arm mayor
The prospect of mink waste, fish guts and slaughterhouse remains all brewing under one roof has Chapel Arm's mayor raising a stink about a composting company looking to set up shop in town.
BHS Launches the Max-AI® AQC-C
The collaborative robotic sorter is on display at WasteExpo, alongside a revamped Max-AI® product line
How will Lethbridge’s Curbside Recycling program fair in Canada’s changing industry?
The recycling industry is quickly changing in Canada as outside markets become less accepting of low-quality products, but will that affect the local curbside recycling program set to roll out city-wide in Lethbridge later this month?
Canada’s recycling industry is on life-support. Here’s how to fix it
At the Merlin Plastics plant in Delta, B.C., beads of reflective, grey plastic bounce along a processing line. What was once a detergent bottle has been washed, ground down and reduced to pellets so that it can be sold to create new bottles. This is the future of recycling
Britespan Names John MacDonald as President
Britespan Building Systems Inc. (Britespan), announced on February 21, 2019 that John MacDonald, Vice President of Operations, has been appointed as the company President effective immediately.
Successful Large-Scale Composting in Any Season
Newcomers to composting are surprised to learn that the process can take place throughout the year. In fact, each season offers its own composting benefits. Here’s a look at these, beginning with spring and ending with winter.
SWANA Reports Big Increase in Worker Fatalities in 2018
Association urges additional attention to safety hazards, with focus on collection
Suez Supports The City of Montréal in Its Waste Recovery Policy
The City of Montréal has selected SUEZ to design, build and operate the city's first organic waste treatment center. This 7-year contract, worth €117 million, will come into effect in April 2019.
Environmental Research & Education Foundation Celebrates 25 Years of Sustainable Solid Waste Research and Education
This year, the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) is celebrating 25 years as a resource for solid waste research and education.
Rotochopper University 2019 Attracts Machine Owners From Across North America
Rotochopper owners and operators gathered at Rotochopper’s manufacturing facility in St. Martin, MN for training the last two weeks of February. The customer service department hosts Rotochopper University annually for companies that have purchased Rotochopper grinders during the past year.
Tackling safety in the waste industry
The waste industry is officially one of the most dangerous sectors to work in across the world. The latest figures reveal that there are as many as 34.1 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers in the US and as of January 22nd, a reported 19 fatal incidents have occurred across Canada and the USA in 2019 alone.
Since China’s ban, recycling in the US has gone up in flames
The conscientious citizens of Philadelphia continue to put their pizza boxes, plastic bottles, yogurt containers, and other items into recycling bins. But in the past three months, half of these recyclables have been loaded onto trucks, taken to a hulking incineration facility, and burned, according to the city’s government.
Improving Waste Safety in NYC
The New York City Business Integrity Commission just announced the release of the new Waste Safety Manual. This manual was created with the assistance from many organizations, including NWRA, SWANA, private waste companies, drivers and more.
Anaergia Announces Successful Bond Financing for North America’s Largest Organic Waste-to-Energy Facility, its Rialto Bioenergy Facility in California
Anaergia, Inc. is pleased to announce the successful issuing of bonds, as part of the funding of its Rialto Bioenergy Facility (RBF).