Author Archives: Mark Thompson

Thank you!

Pictured above are some of the great people behind the amazing builds at U-Pak.  Thank you for your hard work.

Thank you, Madge Clark, Tina Trang, Manny Pereira and Mark Thompson for 20+ years!

Thank you, Madge Clark, Tina Trang, Manny Pereira and Mark Thompson for 20+ years of service with U-Pak Disposals! 🎉 Congratulated by Don Sisti, Noel O’Connor, Imelda O’Connor , Mary Malony Brian O’Connor and Tim O’Connor

Can Carbon Capture making Flying more Sustainable?

IT’S THE TIME of year to set goals, and United Airlines recently announced a lofty one. The carrier plans to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. How? In part by backing a technology called direct air capture, which sucks carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Humans spew more than 44 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every…

New Study in The Publication Nature finds Compostable Coffee Pods a Superior Alternative to Plastic Pods

Recently, the esteemed academic journal Nature, published a study by University of Tennessee – Knoxville, which undertook a Life Cycle Assessment of compostable coffee pods. This study specifically examined the economic and environmental viability of compostable pods, relative to more conventional alternatives made from plastics. The study found that compostable coffee pods readily broke down when included…

Giant ‘Vacuum Cleaner’ Leaves Beaches Microplastic-Free

Conservationist group #SeaTheBiggerPicture Ocean Initiative (#STBP) and engineers from Matriarch Generic Engineering have developed a giant vacuum cleaner that picks up trash and sieves out microplastics from the beaches of Cape Town in South Africa. Called the Enviro Buggy, it sieve out microplastics, pieces of plastic that have broken down and now are smaller than 5mm, from…

Shocking footage shows Serbian lake completely covered in garbage

“While pollution is an omnipresent issue that is impacting essentially every ecosystem on Earth, the problem is not always visible to the naked eye. However, footage of Serbia’s Potpecko Lake depicts a jarring scene — several thousand cubic metres of plastic containers floating on top of the water. The footage was first published online on…

Reduce, reuse and rethink: Re-defining our goals for a waste management system

Written by Calvin Lakhan, Ph.D, Co-Investigator: “The Waste Wiki” – Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University For the first time in my career, issues surrounding waste management have now become part of mainstream discussion. Whether it be my neighbors asking me “Can this really be recycled?” to growing concerns surrounding single use plastics, people…

COVID-19 LOCKDOWN MEASURES IN ONTARIO AND THE IMPACT ON WASTE MANAGEMENT

The Ontario government is moving Peel Region and Toronto into Lockdown effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01am. Durham Region and Region of Waterloo will move to “Red-Control” level (restrictions across multiple sectors). Lockdown measures and restrictions will largely affect retail establishments, restaurants, bars, sports and entertainment facilities, post-secondary schools, and meeting and event spaces,…

CIRCULAR ECONOMY APPROACH AT EMERALD ENERGY FROM WASTE

Circular Economy There has been much discussion on the term “circular economy” and the need for individuals, organizations, and governments to think in terms of circular economy.  In essence, a circular economy is one in which waste is essentially eliminated.  Prior to the modern age, humans were part of the circular economy that exists in…