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 […]

Return to Spender

Since being introduced to the market, there has been much debate — both in the beverage industry, and among politicians and the public — over the best way to collect non-refillable (single-use) beverage containers for recycling. With several European countries moving forward with deposit-return schemes to complement their existing collection models, CM Consulting’s Clarissa Morawski looks […]

Environmental Groups Criticize German Government for Reducing the EU Recycling Quotas

Note: The following press release was issued jointly by The Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND), Environmental Action Germany (DUH), and the umbrella organization German League for Nature, Animal and Environment Protection (DNR). To see the original press release, click here.  Joint Press Release  Environmental organisations criticise the German government for […]

Dispatches from Europe: Getting tough on food waste

19 September 2016 – Food waste has become an increasingly hot topic in recent months and for good reason. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), about one-third of all food produced in the world for human consumption – approximately 1.3 billion metric tons – ends up as waste each year. In […]