On November 17, the City of Vancouver announced that it had made a decision to transition responsibility for recycling collection services to Multi-Material BC (MMBC) for single family curbside residences and multi-family buildings. This decision follows the publication last week of a report to the City’s Standing Committee on City Finance and Services that recommended Council give notice to MMBC that the City wishes to transition responsibility for recycling collection services by the end of 2016.
The École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), City of Montréal, Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ), Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) and RECYC-QUÉBEC have released the details of a major partnership to support research on innovative applications that integrate recycled glass in road construction.
November 26th, the Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, introduced Bill 151 (Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2015). The bill includes Schedule 1 (Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2015) and Schedule 2 (Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2015). Bill 151 will be available on the EBR here.
Safe disposal of cement-based products and concrete is a serious concern. In an industry where material will set and timing is crucial, it is better to go to a site prepared with a little extra then to fall short of material. That is why there is usually residual mixed concrete at the end of each job – in addition to runoff from cleaning the equipment. That "little extra" adds up and can have a serious impact on the environment.
Newco Metal & Auto Recycling, based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, recently purchased a new Liebherr LH 30 M material handler to support the company’s flourishing scrap recycling business. Newco is the largest, oldest and only province-wide, COR-certified (safety recognition), full metal recycler in Newfoundland and Labrador. Partnering with communities in the province since 1985, the company says they have developed longstanding relationships with over 100 municipalities, from New Harbour to Port Blandford, to Labrador City. They support these relationships with a year-round operation that visits each community at least once in a cycle.
Efforts in sustainability. Did you know the budgets for both the Canada Line in Vancouver and the Eglington Crosstown Subway in Toronto are over $5,000 per household and still require a $3-$4 fare for one person to ride one-way. Did you know a new Prius costs close to $20,000 and that to date, worldwide, only 5 million have been sold ? Did you know a new high efficiency heating and cooling system costs $10,000 and it will take decades to retrofit every North American home?
According to the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA), based out of Washington, D.C., 2015 has been a dynamic year in which the organization has enjoyed record levels of interest in educational programming, webinars, and WasteExpo 2015, North America’s premiere waste and recycling industry event, drew its largest crowds ever, with 14,000 attendees.
Target Technologies International Inc. (TTII) a wholly-owned subsidiary of the QUIKRETE Group of Companies is extremely pleased with the positive feedback received on their TTII PRO-MAX 37 TPE Infill, their TTII PLAY-SAFE 65 EPDM Infill and their end-of-life recycling program for used synthetic turf.
According to Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) new data on plastics waste management shows important growth in plastics waste collection in Europe. This sudden increase of plastics collection is welcome news, as the organization says this is an essential step towards plastics recycling, and could be proof that higher recycling rates are more achievable and realistic than expected, with the latest study suggesting a 60% recycling rate for plastic .
ALLU Group, Inc. announced Edgar J. Chavez will take over as President and CEO, replacing Mardi Ohanessian who will be retiring at the end of 2015. Chavez will be assume overall responsibility for ALLU Group, Inc. day to day operations starting on Nov. 23rd, 2015. For the last 2 months Chavez has served as Executive VP and General Manager for ALLU in order to familiarize himself with the customers, product and operations in North America.
Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, is pleased to have been selected by the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Institut national de la propriété industrielle (France's national institute for the protection of intellectual property or INPI) to take part in Solutions COP21, a major public event featuring innovative solutions put forward by some sixty companies from around the world to fight climate change. The Solutions COP21 exhibition will be held from December 4 to 11 at the Grand Palais in Paris, at the same time as the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.
SP Industries has introduced the CP-3101-HD Industrial Compactor. With a single cylinder design and dozens of customizable features these industrial trash compactors are ideal for handling packaging materials, dry wastes and process scraps in warehouses and large retail outlets, as well as for light to medium industrial/institutional uses.
Representatives from C.A.T., U.S. Venture Gain Fuel Canada, and Gaz Métro, along with local and regional dignitaries, celebrated the grand opening of the first GAIN Clean Fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) public station in Quebec. The GAIN station, located at 4 Transport Street in the industrial park of Coteau-du-Lac, will provide the North American carrier with alternative fuel to support C.A.T.’s growing fleet of CNG trucks.
Green Cow Power is a large digester facility which is now converting off-farm organic wastes and dairy manure into energy with two DVO, Inc. (DVO) Two-Stage Mixed Plug Flow digesters. Located in Goshen, Indiana, it is the largest waste-to-energy facility in Elkhart County and the eighth largest digester operation in Indiana. It was also recently awarded the American Biogas Council’s 2015 Agricultural Biogas Project of the Year award.