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Lead Acid Battery Recycling Guideline for North America just released

24 February, 2016 – CM Consulting is pleased to announce that the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has released a new report providing technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management (ESM) of spent lead-acid batteries (SLABs) in North America. The guidelines represent the culmination of a 2-year development process during which a team of consultants, […]

E-waste Management in Canada – Shortcomings and Opportunities for Improvement

With the recent closing of Sims Recycling Solutions throughout Canada, this is a good time to take stock of how Canadians manage e-waste. This article was written after several of research work on the management of e-waste in Canada by the team at CM Consulting. It serves as an important summary of what is currently […]

Building a Recycling Guideline in Ontario

This August, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) posted a Notice of Intent to work on the development of a new guideline, SPE750 — Recycling Process, Audit and Verification Guideline for Ontario. These guidelines will be a warm welcome by those in the waste management industry who for years have been frustrated by insufficient recycling standards and minimal enforcement. As it currently stands, […]

WEEE are Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Every September, I face a new class of third-year Environmental Resource Science students at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. The course title is “Waste Management.” My very first lecture is always the same: it starts with how we measure waste. It may seem simple, but the various measurements used for waste and recycling require careful […]

CM Consulting releases The Canadian WEEE Report 2013

The report clarifies and offers valuable information regarding WEEE management in Canada including the costs of these programs, the methodologies used to measure their performance, and who is ultimately responsible for program operation. Also included is a discussion around industry best practices and the international policies that force producers to design more sustainable, less toxic […]

CM Consulting comments on household battery recycling definition

California’s AB 488 offers an eroded definition of recycling which presents a dangerous slippery slope. Click here for our comments.   

Battery Boost – Curbside battery pick-up success in Durham and Niagara

Feb/March 2013 of Solid Waste Management Magazine published a short article about recent battery collection pilots in Durham and Niagara regions. batteries-curbsideSWRMag.pdf

Canada Takes Charge – E-Scrap News on Canadian Battery Report

As electronics become increasingly mobile, batteries are becoming an increasingly significant portion of the e-scrap stream. Several canadian provinces have implemented stewardship programs, but how far do they go, and how effective are they at managing batteries? Click here for full article

CM talks batteries in Solid Waste & Recycling Mag

In the June/July 2012 edition of Solid Waste and Recycling Magazine, Clarissa Morawski presents key findings from the recently released Managing Canada’s Waste Batteries 2012, which covers a broad range of issues associated with portable battery collection and recycling in Canada. For the article click here: June/July 2012 SWRMag For the report click here: Managing Canada’s Waste Batteries 2012    

Product Policy Institute Talks Batteries

Product Policy Institute (PPI) blogs about producer responsibility for portable batteries. Bill Sheehan, Executive Director, discusses a new national collection and recycling initiative from the US battery industry. http://productpolicy.blogspot.ca/2012/05/producer-responsibility-for-disposable.html?spref=fb&m=1