Recycling Product News Logo

This ad will close in 15 seconds

National Arts Centre compost program to divert 500,000 containers

Compost Awareness Week 2019: compost from new plant-based containers to be returned to NAC Herb Gardens

National Arts Centre compost program to divert 500,000 containers

Company info

16, rue Northumberland St.
Toronto, ON
CA, M6H 1P7

Website:
compost.org

Read more

The National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa and the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canadian Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, this week, Compost Awareness Week 2019, unveiled an innovative program that will introduce plant-based food and drink containers and transform them into rich compost to be put into herb gardens at the NAC. The move will divert 500,000 containers from the landfill annually.
 
The containers to be composted beginning this Summer, include wine and beer glasses, coffee cups, plates, utensils, straws, and take-out boxes. The containers are used at the NAC restaurant and banquet operations, intermission bars, as well as in the employee cafeteria. Thanks to a process developed with the help of public and private partners, the NAC will put the compost created back into its rooftop herb garden. The garden - which also features two new beehives - will provide fresh ingredients to the NAC's culinary team, led by Executive Chef Kenton Leier.
 
The new compost program was developed by the NAC's Food and Beverage Department in collaboration with Environment and Climate Change Canada, The Compost Council of Canada, Tomlinson Organics, and the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ).
 
The NAC spent the last year selecting and, with the help of its partners, testing plant-based food containers, which have been certified for compostability according to standards set by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) to reflect both the composting process and the compost produced. In order to be certified compostable, a product must disintegrate by at least 90 percent within 84 days of the composting process. The NAC worked with The Compost Council of Canada and their waste management team, Tomlinson Organics, to test these products. The NAC is also developing containers to facilitate the proper collection of compostable dishes, as well as signage to educate patrons about choosing the right bin for the right recycling purpose. Certified compostable products will go in a bin for organics to be collected and processed at Tomlinson Organics.
 
INTERNATIONAL COMPOST AWARENESS WEEK 
Today's announcement comes during International Compost Awareness Week, which is celebrated the first full week of May to raise the awareness of the public regarding the benefits of using compost to improve or maintain high quality soil, to grow healthy plants, reduce the use of fertilizer and pesticides, improve water quality and protect the environment.
 
"Canada is moving toward zero plastic waste to get rid of unnecessary single-use plastics from government operations, and is working with provinces and territories on a national strategy to cut plastic pollution," said Minister McKenna. "The National Arts Centre is an example of how we can all be part of the solution - with institutions, governments, businesses, municipalities and Canadians across the country." 
 
"We at the NAC believe it is our responsibility to minimize our environmental impact and give back to the earth whenever we can." said Nelson Borges, NAC General Manager of Food and Beverage. "That's why we wanted to work with our partners to create a workable process to not only collect compostable dishes but, most importantly, to actually complete the process by transforming the material into compost for the benefit of our patrons."
 
"Diverting food and yard waste from landfills reduces the emission of methane, a greenhouse gas that is twenty-five times more powerful than carbon dioxide," said Susan Antler, Executive Director of The Compost Council of Canada. "Focused attention on recycling organic residuals is key to achieving high diversion rates as well as creating compost which can be returned to our soils for improved health and productivity."
 

OTHER GREEN INITIATIVES AT THE NAC  
Today compost program announcement is one of the ways the NAC is going about reducing the Centre's carbon footprint. Here are highlights of environmentally friendly actions the NAC has taken recently: 
 
·  upgraded 75% of lighting at the Centre to state-of-the-art technologies such as LEDs;
 
·  The NAC has also introduced a light bulb recycling program. Last year 1,645 lamps were recycled, resulting in the following materials being diverted from the landfill: 224.6 kg of glass, 27 kg of plastics, 9.72 kg of metals, and smaller amounts of phosphor, porcelain and mercury;
 
·  The NAC uses outside air to cool the facility instead of continuously running the ventilation systems, ensuring maximum seasonal efficiencies;
 
·  replaced exterior doors with more energy-efficient doors, reducing the heating and cooling needs and eliminating the buildup of ice on the doors in the Winter;
 
·   installed variable frequency drives to ensure the ventilation fan motors throughout the building operate at their most efficient setting and meet the changing demand for air circulation. For example, the exhaust fans in the garage only need to be at their high setting when there are many vehicles waiting to exit after a performance. The fans will default to off, or the lowest required setting, in other situations.

More from Industry News

Fontaine to offer Lytx video telematics pre-wire packages for major truck brands

Lytx ®, a leading provider of video telematics, analytics, safety and operational efficiency solutions for commercial and public sector fleets, today announced that Fontaine Modification will offer pre-wiring packages for Lytx fleet solutions on major truck brands including Ford, Hino, International, Volvo, Freightliner and Kenworth. Fontaine is North America's most comprehensive provider of post-production truck modification services for OEMs, dealers and fleets. 

Sierra Recycling & Demolition celebrates 60 years

Celebrating their 60th year of commitment and service to their customers and the recycling industry, Sierra Recycling & Demolition was started by Ben Sacco in 1959. Now the sister company of Sierra International Machinery, the California-based recycling equipment specialist, Sierra has deep roots in recycling, and they have for 60 years. Based on this foundation, Sierra International Machinery states: "Our equipment is designed by recyclers for recyclers. At Sierra, we have the same experiences and challenges that other recyclers have, and we know the problems and the issues other recyclers face. We use the experiences from Sierra Recycling and Demolition, our engineers, operation managers, and service technicians to produce superior machines that we actively use in our own yard."

World’s first zero waste adventure kicking off in Yellowstone National Park

Beginning July 6, 2019, America's first national park will be the setting for another historic innovation: the World's First Zero Waste Adventure, created by Natural Habitat Adventures (Nat Hab). Kicking off in Bozeman, MT and moving through the northern region of Yellowstone National Park this first-ever waste-conscious endeavor will attempt to divert (refuse, recycle, compost, upcycle, or re-use) 99 percent or more of all waste produced as part of Nat Hab-sponsored trip operations.* Fourteen travellers will participate, guided by two naturalist Expedition Leaders.

Enerkem remembers Vincent Chornet

The management of Enerkem is sad to announce the passing of Enerkem Cofounder and Executive Chairman Vincent Chornet at the age of 45, following a prolonged illness. Faithful to himself, he fought this terrible disease with the passion and determination that we know him for. He has been active even in the last moments, exchanging emails last week with different members of his team. In recent months, he has continued to chair Enerkem's Board of Directors, with the best interests of the company at heart.

free-paper-airplane

Get our newsletter

Learn more

Moore & Associates remembers Jerry Rose, 50-year paper and recycling industry veteran

Jerry Rose, 84, of Stamford, CT, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 22, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. A 50-year veteran of the paper and recycling industries, Jerry was a respected expert in the business and held several senior management positions before becoming a consultant. Jerry was a legend in the industry, with a wealth of knowledge and friends in every corner of the business. 

Waste Management unveils innovative Driver & Technician Training Center supporting ‘safety, people first culture’

Waste Management (WM) introduced its second Driver and Technician Training Center in Glendale, Arizona today complementing its first Center in Fort Myers, Florida. The Arizona Training Center extends the Company's commitment to providing centralized training for drivers and technicians across the North American enterprise.

2019 China Recovered Paper Market & Policy Advisory Report available

A new report from NPC Partners is now available in the U.S. and Europe through Atlanta-based paper recycling consulting firm Moore & Associates. NPC Partners is a global consultancy based in Hong Kong with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Atlanta. NPC Partners is committed to assisting the pulp and paper industry innovate and grow based on winning strategies and new market insights.

​Upgraded used oil recycling facility now open in West Chilcotin, B.C.

Improved used oil recycling facilities provide an easy, free and environmentally-friendly way for communities to dispose of materials. BC Used Oil Management Association ("BCUOMA"), a not-for-profit group dedicated to the collection and recycling of lubricating oil, oil filters, oil containers, antifreeze and antifreeze containers in British Columbia, has announced that the Cariboo Regional District has upgraded their used oil recycling facility located at the West Chilcotin Landfill - 21731 Chilcotin Hwy 20, West Chilcotin. This new facility will provide the residents in the surrounding areas, with an easy, free and eco-friendly way to dispose of their used oil and antifreeze materials.

EDC provides loan to help Canadian cleantech company Ecolomondo reduce hydrocarbon waste in landfills

As part of its commitment to help innovative Canadian cleantech companies scale-up and export, Export Development Canada (EDC) is pleased to announce its support for Ecolomondo, with a $32.1 million project finance loan. The loan will allow the company to build its first commercial plant that will treat end-of-life tires, in Hawkesbury, Ontario, creating approximately 40 direct jobs and bringing substantial economic benefits to the region.

Mondi introduces recyclable packaging film for fresh and processed food

Flexible food packaging has traditionally presented brand owners with a choice -- either extract the maximum performance parameters or make it fully recyclable. Achieving both goals at once has been almost impossible... until now, according to Mondi, a global leader in sustainable paper and packaging solutions. The company has created a recyclable polypropylene film that is ideal for the thermoforming of flexible films for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and vacuum packaging, which is known for its ability to extend the shelf life of products such as meat and cheese.

California Product Stewardship Council lauds Canadian government initiative on plastics

The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) shared the above video and the New York Times article below with their members and stakeholders this week, stating: "We wanted to share with you a short yet powerful video and article about the Canadian Prime Minister's announcement that they are taking on plastics, will push forward with Enhanced Producer Responsibility for all plastics, and will put a single-use plastic ban in place by 2021.  We are energized by this video and, with your support, will continue to push California forward as part of this movement.  The time is now!"

free-magazine-subscription

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more

Indonesia to use ISRI Specs to ease restrictions on recovered paper imports

Last month, in an effort to crack down on illegal shipments, the Indonesian government imposed new regulations on imports of recovered paper. The rules included a 0.5% contamination limit and 100% pre-shipment inspections, including separating containers into bales. The government has now announced that it will instead use the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) specifications for recovered paper which set a standard of 1-2% for prohibitives and 3-4% for outhrows. It is also using the specifications to define its use of the word "homogenous" in describing the condition of bales.

​Provincial waste reduction organizations support Canadian plan to reduce plastic waste

Four of Canada's major provincial waste reduction and recycling organizations (Recycling Council of BC, Recycling Council of Alberta, Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council and Recycling Council of Ontario) have announced their official support for the Government of Canada's announcement regarding plans to reduce Canada's plastic waste, support innovation, and promote the use of affordable and safe alternatives.

Two Ontario municipalities launch residential polystyrene recycling thanks to municipal/industry partnership

Polystyrene foam recycling has returned to the Towns of Brockton and Hanover, as of the end of May 2019. The Chair of Brockton's Environmental Advisory Committee, Bruce Davidson, anticipates that residents have been saving foam packaging for a while in the hopes that recycling opportunities would resume. 

New study finds introduction of deposit on non-alcoholic beverages in Ontario will increase recycling and save millions

A newly released report, Better Together: How a Deposit Return System will Complement Ontario's Blue Box Program and Enhance the Circular Economy, has found that a 15-cent returnable deposit on non-alcoholic beverage containers in the province would result in over 90% of non-alcoholic beverage containers being collected for recycling. The report was commissioned by circular economy not-for-profit Reloop, and authored by international environmental consultancy Eunomia Research & Consulting. According to the report, the deposit program would not only divert waste from landfill but also reduce beverage container-related litter by around 80%.

New Way recognizes 2018 dealer accomplishments

Each year, New Way Trucks, an industry-leading refuse truck manufacturer, acknowledges the sales success generated by members of their authorized dealer network with a prestigious Top Ten Dealer Award. These awards are proudly presented as a way of showing gratitude for the sales achievements made by the top performing dealers and their sales teams. New Way has an extensive network of dealers located throughout the United States as well as internationally. 

Vancouver students perform concert in partnership with BC Used Oil Management Association

BC Used Oil Management Association ("BCUOMA"), a not-for-profit group dedicated to the collection and recycling of lubricating oil, oil filters, oil containers, antifreeze and antifreeze containers in British Columbia, recently partnered with ARTish Response Team ("ART") on the 4th annual "Rock The Salish Sea!" Concert Series. Students from Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School in Vancouver performed the "Rock the Salish Sea" concert on June 6, 2019 at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary, 449 E. 62nd Ave, Vancouver, BC. 

California assembly approves ambitious measure to cut packaging and plastic waste by 75 percent

Acknowledging the worldwide environmental devastation and health problems wrought by plastic and non-recycled trash, both houses of the California State Legislature have now approved identical first-of-their-kind measures to dramatically reduce plastic and packaging waste and jumpstart the in-state clean recycling economy.

Terrapure Environmental acquires leading environmental services business in Greater Montreal

Terrapure Environmental ("Terrapure"), a leading Canadian environmental solutions provider to industry, has announced it has acquired RSR Environnement ("RSR") of Vercheres, QC. The purchase includes vehicles and equipment, as well as RSR's employees and existing customer relationships. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

free-paper-airplane

Get our newsletter

Learn more

Canada's chemistry and plastics industries making strides to tackle plastic waste

In celebration of Environment Week in Canada (during the week of June 5th annually) the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) and the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) highlighted the important headway their members are making in tackling the global challenge of plastic waste in the environment.

Federal government called on to take immediate action on plastic waste

Twelve leading ocean conservancy and environmental groups have requested that Canada's environment and health ministers take immediate regulatory action on plastic waste 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. 

Mondi accelerates efforts to create flexible packaging from post-consumer recycled plastic

Mondi Group, a global leader in packaging and paper, led Project Proof, a Pioneer Project facilitated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF). The project has created a proof-of-concept prototype flexible plastic pouch incorporating a minimum of 20% post-consumer plastic waste originating from mixed household waste. The pouch is suitable for packaging household products such as detergent. 

Polystyrene foam recycling returns to Ontario communities thanks to multi-sector partnership

May 30th was a "remarkable day in the history of recycling in Brockton and Hanover", according to the Chair of Brockton's Environmental Advisory Committee, Bruce Davidson, who performed the master of ceremony duties at an event to announce that polystyrene (plastic foam) recycling is returning to Brockton and Hanover municipal recycling programs.

VIZIO receives distinguished e-Stewards enterprise designation

VIZIO, a manufacturer of high-definition televisions (HDTVs) recently joined the elite list of e-Stewards® Enterprise companies. e-Stewards Enterprises are corporations and institutions committed to using the world's most globally responsible electronics recycling companies that are certified to the e-Stewards Standard. The e-Stewards standard is the only electronic waste recycling and refurbishment standard that disallows exporting hazardous electronic waste to developing countries and employs the most rigorous criteria to prevent data breaches from discarded hardware.

free-magazine-subscription

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more