Thailand to Permanently Ban Plastic Imports by 2021!
Mark Thompson • October 17, 2018
Thailand will now officially ban all scrap plastic imports by 2021, according to the Financial Times. The country has said it needs this transition period to build domestic processing infrastructure and also honor existing import licenses that run until 2021. As for e-scrap, which has been a particular concern due to environmental effects from illegal operations,…
Canada looks at tackling global issue of plastic pollution in oceans
Mark Thompson • October 10, 2018
The Canadian government has committed to banning the use of single-use plastic in government operations. “Our commitment is to collect, reuse or recycle, at least 75 per cent of all our plastic waste by 2030,” Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. To read the entire article click here!
Mark Thompson • October 4, 2018
The National League of Cities (NLC) released a new report “Rethinking Recycling: How Cities Can Adapt to Evolving Markets,” which analyzes how city leaders can develop resilient local waste management systems in response to China’s new regulations. The report marks the beginning of a larger effort to examine sustainability in solid waste management and is the first…
German waste and recycling firm, REMONDIS, is working on plans to build a $400 million waste to energy plant in Swanbank, south of Ipswich, Queensland. “The proposed plant will convert between 300,000 and 500,000 tonnes of waste per year to generate up to 50 megawatts of baseload electricity for Queensland households and businesses. “This project…
Can we fight food waste with plastic packaging?
Mark Thompson • October 3, 2018
If food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest (PDF) greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter in the world, accounting for 8 percent of global emissions. Much of this impact comes from food ending up in landfills, where the zero–oxygen environment turns organic matter into methane. Click here to read the entire article!
Paper and the Circular Economy
Mark Thompson • October 1, 2018
Paper is a natural fit for the circular economy model. Paper-based materials are becoming the go-to replacement as companies look for more sustainable ways to produce their products. Wood, paper, and paper-based products, in many circumstances, tie into the circular economy model. To read the entire article click here!
World Bank: Global waste generation could increase 70% by 2050
Mark Thompson • September 25, 2018
A new in-depth report highlights the mounting inequities of waste management around the world, along with the financial and climate opportunities that could come from truly addressing it. Click here to read the entire article!
More big plastic promises at G7
Mark Thompson • September 21, 2018
Earlier this summer, five of the G7 member countries signed an Ocean Plastics Charter that set multiple targets around plastic recycling to mitigate marine pollution. This week, Canada has been hosting the G7 Environment Ministerial Meeting in Halifax to focus on next steps and gain more international support ahead of plans to bring the charter to the U.N….
We won’t save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup
Mark Thompson • September 12, 2018
The problem is not just plastic: it is mass disposability. Or, to put it another way, the problem is pursuing, on the one planet known to harbour life, a four-planet lifestyle. Regardless of what we consume, the sheer volume of consumption is overwhelming the Earth’s living systems. To read the full article click here!
Edmonton pot grower teams with University of Alberta to turn waste into energy
Mark Thompson • September 12, 2018
Atlas Growers announced the Cannabis Waste Project partnership Wednesday, which will develop strategies for the on-site treatment and handling of cannabis waste that could convert it into electricity. “Take the buds off, you’re left with a bunch of different fibre there, what are you going to do with it?” said Jim Hole, VP of cultivation…