Toronto — Ontario has a waste problem. Every year, the province produces nearly one tonne of waste per person, and three-quarters of this waste ends up in landfills. In 2016, the Waste-Free Ontario Act (Bill 151) was passed, setting an ambitious goal of a circular economy that sends zero waste to landfill.
Legislation & Regulations News
(Toronto) Bill C-238, a private member's bill that sets a national strategy for sound management of mercury-containing lamps, has received Royal Assent and is now federal law.
The Ministry of Environment plans to develop new scrap tire recycling regulations to reflect changing industry needs in Saskatchewan and address increasing public expectations for governance, accountability and transparency.
Ontario is working to create a zero-waste future with the launch of a strategy that will divert more waste from landfills, create jobs and help fight climate change.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry, February 22, offered testimony in front of the State of Connecticut General Assembly Joint Environment Committee opposing a new product stewardship bill, HB 7067, which the association says could prove harmful to the recycling industry. According to ISRI, the legislation would give the state’s Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) unbridled authority to set up extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs for “any object or substance identified in regulations adopted pursuant to this section.”
The Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS™) and Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI) have announced the formation of a partnership, making CARI the first association outside of the United States to join RIOS’ Affiliate Association program. This partnership will provide additional member benefits to CARI’s members and provide a platform for RIOS to continue to grow globally.
The global environmental toxic trade watchdog organization Basel Action Network, together with two Chilean NGOs -- FIMA and the Terram Foundation -- have urged the government of Chile to fulfill its international commitments to end transboundary trafficking in hazardous wastes. As part of the public consultation of one of the regulations, the three environmental advocacy organizations are urging the government to respect its international commitments concerning the import and export of hazardous waste.
ASTM International’s committee on waste management (D34) recently launched work on three proposed new standards. Anyone with an interest in waste management is invited to join the work on the following proposed standards, which are being developed by a subcommittee that focuses on treatment, recovery and reuse (D34.03).
On November 30, 2016, the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) was proclaimed as part of the new Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016 which received Royal Assent in June, 2016. RPRA, a new oversight, compliance, and enforcement organization, is now in operation under the direction of RPRA’s initial board of directors.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently submitted comments to the United States Copyright Office, a department of the Library of Congress, supporting a permanent exemption for mobile communications device unlocking as well as broadening the exemption to all types of mobile communication devices allowing lawful owners of these devices to use them with the service provider of their choice. The comments are in response to the Office’s Section 1201 Study, a part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA).
Camso, formerly Camoplast Solideal, has announced a strengthened service offering in Europe and increase in wheel manufacturing capacity with the acquisition of Eurowheel, a long-time supplier of tire presses and small runs of wheels. Located in Herenthout, Belgium, Eurowheel is an established manufacturer of wheels, presses and tools for European distributors as well as OEMs across Europe.
The waste collection industry faces a literal mountain of trash and recyclables each day, dispatching trucks from house to house and cart or container to dumpster, gathering recycling and waste to transport it to a transfer station or landfill. This highly regulated industry is constantly looking for ways to reduce wasted energy and increase efficiencies. Proper vehicle maintenance is one way to make the process of transporting and hauling more effective and efficient.
Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc., a Suncor business, has secured an exclusive commitment from McCloskey International Ltd. to use its newly reformulated HYDREX hydraulic fluids for manufacturing of machinery and as factory fill. As an early adopter of the new fluids, McCloskey’s two-tier endorsement includes product applications for its own machinery, as well as the approval to use HYDREX in the equipment they manufacture (OEM approval). Additionally, McCloskey will now be featuring HYDREX as part of its outgoing promotion and communication on their equipment.
Bridgestone Americas has announced the launch of its new Bandag BRM3 retread. The Bandag BRM3 retread, which features a proprietary compound and advanced tread design, is engineered to deliver a balance of long wear, durability and traction and is designed to be used as an all-position tire in the refuse industry.
Go To Parts, Wastequip’s OEM parts division, is excited to announce that it has signed exclusive agreements with several leading dealers in the waste equipment industry, creating a network of 10 parts dealers covering the South, Southeast, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. The dealers were selected based on their commitment to quality service and an experienced waste industry sales force.
Repair kits for some of today’s most widely used fan clutches are the latest additions to the TRP line of all-makes truck parts. The new TRP Fan Clutch Repair Kits include everything needed to rebuild Horton Drivemaster and DM Advantage on/off fan drives, the first-fit drives found in today’s North American heavy-duty trucks. For older S and HT/S clutches, rebuild and repair options from TRP include both super kits and seal kits.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will bring its Total Solution to Waste Expo, June 6-9, in Las Vegas, Nev. The Goodyear Total Solution of trusted products, a nationwide network, reliable services and fleet management tools is designed to help waste haul fleets lower their operating costs. Goodyear. Highlights include:
RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners, recently announced the expansion of its EnviroLogic 800 series of biodegradable greases. The EnviroLogic 800 series are VGP compliant, biodegradable Lithium Complex greases designed to operate in severe outdoor environments and withstand corrosion.