Category Archives: Recycling News

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…

China details scrap metal import restrictions for July

China has announced plans to restrict imports of eight different scrap categories – including aluminum, steel and copper – starting July 1. These materials previously were on the “unrestricted” materials list, but will be subject to restrictions and government approval under the new regulations, according to the Bureau of International Recycling. The Ministry of Ecology and Environment indicated that other departments…

Sweeping single-use plastic ban proposed in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque City Council members have proposed legislation to ban a number of single-use plastics at retail establishments by January 1, 2020. If passed, the “Albuquerque Clean & Green Retail Ordinance” would prohibit the distribution of non-recyclable plastic bags, polystyrene containers and straws. Plastic straws would only be available by request to accommodate customers with disabilities, and paper bags…

China gets tough on US recyclables. How one Maine town is fighting back.

Beijing’s 2018 crackdown on recyclables was widely decried as a disaster for global recycling. Facing rising recycling costs, cities like Sanford, Maine, have found innovative ways to respond. Residents stormed into the office … They demanded to know why the city’s recycling service was suddenly refusing to pick up things they’d always collected – like plastic…

The future of plastics

UPEI engineering students get hands-on lesson in sustainability! First year students at UPEI’s School of Sustainable Design Engineering are getting a hands-on lesson in plastics and sustainability. It’s part of a new first year course called Sustainability in Engineering Design. “The idea is they’re to see how much we consume or don’t even think about…

China’s new role in the global recycling economy

A keynote session during last week’s Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference examined what effects China’s regulations are having and what comes next for new market developments. Although China’s National Sword regulations might have caught some foreign recyclers off guard, economic and social indicators show the momentum had been building for years, said Andrew Coflan, an…