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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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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
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.