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In My Opinion: Opportunities Amid the Uncertainty

It’s no secret that China is a leader in international world trade. For years, the country has been a major importer of many types of foreign goods, including timber, dairy products, and petrochemicals. China is also the world’s largest importer of waste. Last year, Chinese manufacturers and recyclers imported 7.3 million metric tons of waste […]

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 […]

Canadian Plastics Industry Association publishes CM Consulting 2016 Access to Recycling Report

Toronto, ON, Sept. 7, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – New numbers for 2015 just released by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) show 96 out of 100 Canadians can recycle all types of transparent and opaque plastic bottles, jugs and jars in their residential recycling programs. “We’ve just finalized our analysis for 2015 and are excited […]

Studies confirm that Container Deposit Systems show big net savings to municipal budgets

7 June 2016 – As more countries consider deposit-return (DRS) as a means to reduce litter and encourage recycling of beverage containers, many are questioning the impacts that such a system would have on municipalities, particularly those that have an existing source separation program in place. The main argument put forward by opponents is that […]

Dispatches from Europe: Circular Economy Explained

15 March 2016 – In the first of a series of columns digging into the details of sustainability and materials recovery abroad, Clarissa explains how the European Commission is legislating the circular economy and what it means for the recycling industry. Read the article in Resource Recycling magazine here.

Canadian Plastics Industry Association releases CM Consulting Access to Recycling report

NEW STUDY SHOWS MORE THAN 95 PERCENT OF CANADIANS CAN RECYCLE THEIR PLASTIC BOTTLES AND MOST OTHER RIGID PLASTICS Toronto, ON, April 2, 2012 – In the newly updated Residential Recycling Access for Consumer Plastic Packaging, February 2012, prepared for the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) by CM Consulting, findings show that an increasing number of  […]

Garbage: A Fishing Expedition (1999)

Garbage: A fishing expedition

Toronto’s Solid Waste Management Marketplace Engagement Program Like other Canadian cities that are exhausting their local capacity disposal, the City of Toronto (population 2.4 million) will soon close its largest landfill. When the Keele Valley landfill shuts down in 2002, about 30 million tonnes of municipal and commercial wastes and recyclables will be left without […]

Landfill technology: Biological Leachate Treatment (1999)

Biological Leachate Treatment

As an alternative to conventional methods for processing organically contaminated wastewater, businesses and small municipalities may use systems modelled on natural ecosystems. Biological wastewater systems or artificial aquatic filtration systems are effective and cost-effective, but their application has only recently been extended to the treatment of landfill leachate. The systems are essentially natural wetlands housed […]