Dispatches from Europe: Are we ready for reusable packaging?

20 June 2017 – Single-use packaging is easy to spot. A short walk along a beach, anywhere in the world, will reveal the consequences of our throwaway culture as each tide brings in a fresh layer of debris, most of it single-use plastics. In some countries, the growing pressure to do something about single-use packaging has […]

Deposit Return: How it Works

If we look internationally—Europe, US, Canada, Middle East, China, and Australia—massive efforts are underway to introduce or expand existing programs, as governments recognize deposit-return as a modern solution to litter caused by single-use bottles and cans as well as far superior recycling rates. New laws have received much public support, and most respondents to public […]

CM Consulting Releases Global Overview of Deposit Return Systems

Press Release 31 May 2017 – As the problem of marine litter has steadily grown worse, there has been renewed interest in deposit return for the recovery of single-use beverage containers. Deposit return systems (DRS) are a proven tool to collect high quantities of empty beverage containers for reuse and high-quality recycling, and are vital to achieving […]

Dispatches from Europe: The uncertain future of waste-to-energy

21 February 2017 – Anyone engaged in waste-reduction policy has surely witnessed the intense debate that has been raging for decades around the notion of burning municipal solid waste to create power. Active lobby groups around the world regularly campaign for additional incineration capacity, citing the importance of reducing waste to landfill and finding ways […]

Is Access Everything?

7 February 2017 – “If you build it, they will come.” Over the years, this classic line from “Field of Dreams” has been applied to business thinking again and again, and when it comes to recycling, the “build it” mantra has in many ways summed up the industry’s strategy over the last 25 years. The […]

CM Consulting annonce son Qui Paie Quoi 2016

Peterborough, Canada, le 9 Décembre, 2016 – CM Consulting est heureuse d’annoncer la publication de l’édition 2016 du rapport Who Pays What (Qui paie quoi). Cette septième édition du rapport continue de présenter les données les plus récentes sur la récupération des contenants de boissons au Canada, y compris les mesures de performance et les […]

Dispatches from Europe: Why Deposit Return is EPR

6 December 2016 – More than two decades ago, Thomas Lindhqvist, a Swedish professor of Environmental Economics, coined the term extended producer responsibility, or EPR. At the time, Lindhqvist defined EPR as an environmental strategy that makes producers responsible for the entire life cycle of their products, especially takeback, recycling and final disposal. There are some […]

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CM Consulting Releases Who Pays What 2016

1 December 2016 – CM Consulting is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Who Pays What report. This 7th edition of the report continues to feature the latest data on beverage container recovery in Canada, including province-specific performance rates and collection costs, as well as an analysis of environmental and economic benefits. To view […]

Making the Switch: The Business Case for Reusable Packaging

With growing environmental awareness worldwide and ever rising shipping costs, an increasing number of businesses are exploring ways to reduce their transport packaging. One solution for achieving this objective is to make the switch to reusables. We wanted to learn more about how companies in Europe and beyond are benefitting from reusable transport packaging, and […]