Governments at all levels, industry, environmental groups, and taxpayers across Ontario have long agreed that the residential recycling framework that has been in place since 2002 requires an overhaul to improve the province's stagnant diversion rate.
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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.
Plastic pollution is a serious global threat to the environment and economy. This week'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.
In today's climate, incorporating sustainability is a crucial aspect for any business to thrive. It is also increasingly important for organizations to have third-party review to verify its achievements. That's exactly what Sleeman Breweries did for its Guelph facility to become Canada's first brewery to achieve 3RCertified status.
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. To fully engage on this pressing environmental issue Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO), with funding from Walmart Canada, has launched the Plastic Action Centre, the first national resource that offers a full view of plastic waste in every corner of the country.
In June, the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) is hosting a first-of-its-kind Circular Procurement Summit, over three days, from June 11-13, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. The conference aims to unite all levels of government, suppliers and vendors, and experts from leading jurisdictions to ignite the transition to the circular economy in cities and regions across Canada.
In what feels like a blink of an eye, the omnipresence of plastic waste has captured media attention and public awareness like never before. The unprecedented global alignment on prioritizing the management of plastic waste is akin to how the world embraced the seriousness of climate change. The bombardment of images of marine life ingesting plastic pollution has moved the conversation upstream from concerned citizens to the highest levels of governments and business, and to their supply and value chains.
Canadian Government and the recycling industry have an opportunity to reset objectives and get back to basics on plastics recycling
China's import restrictions and prohibitions on waste continue to disrupt markets around the world, causing a reassessment of entire value and supply chains. For far too long jurisdictions relied on foreign end-markets, and focused mostly on collection and sorting infrastructure without making parallel investments in domestic processing. Relying so heavily on a single market to process materials has made Canada and other nations vulnerable to losing material to disposal.
Recycling Council of Ontario to trial unique co-operative model to decrease food waste in the commercial sector
Co-operatives are structured to meet the common needs of its members. A food co-op, for example, may offer local and organic produce, partner with local suppliers, and make it more accessible and affordable for members to buy groceries.
While your discarded Christmas tree may look sad and bare lying on the snowbank, without the lights and ornaments, it is getting ready for its next Tree-cycling act. Christmas trees are 100% biodegradable and there are many ways to give your tree a second life this post-holiday season.
For 16 years Waste Reduction Week in Canada has been highlighted in calendars to remind and encourage everyone on the importance of reducing waste. Canadians are proud of their environment and have been recognized around the world for recycling programs. However, work can still be done; among OECD countries Canada ranks 26 out of 35 by only recycling and composting 24 per cent of its municipal waste.
Canadians generate a lot of waste. On average, every Canadian will generate 720 kg (1,587 lbs.) of waste that goes to landfill, which is equal weight to a full grown female giraffe. In the spirit of Waste Reduction Week in Canada here are ten easy take-action tips that will reduce our reliance on landfills and help you adopt more environmentally conscious choices.
(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.
by Jo-Anne St. Godard
At a joint media conference at the Ontario Legislature in April, Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) and Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) called for new legislation that drives and achieves greater waste diversion.