Solid Waste & Recycling


  • News Plastics

    Feds challenge business on plastic problems

    September 21, 2018 by SWR Staff

    OTTAWA –  As the single-largest purchaser of goods and services, the federal government is using procurement in a new way to help Canadian small business owners commercialize their ideas and solve complex government challenges. Through the Innovative Solutions Canada program,

  • Enerkem pledges to take action on ocean plastic

    September 21, 2018 by SWR Staff

    MONTREAL – Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced at the G7 Environment, Energy and Oceans Ministerial Meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that it will be exploring opportunities to take action on ocean plastics waste and marine litter. Following the

  • Ocean plastic collection system launched

    September 11, 2018 by Emily Atkins

    San Francisco and Rotterdam – The world’s first ocean cleanup system launched from San Francisco Bay on September 8. The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit organization developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, launched the cleanup system (“System

  • Tons of plastic trash enter the Great Lakes every year

    August 31, 2018 by Matthew Hoffmann & Christy Tyler

    Where does it go?

  • Alberta counties team up for grain bag recycling

    August 22, 2018 by SWR Staff

    Lacombe County, Red Deer County, and Ponoka County recently joined together to ensure the proper recycling of plastic grain bags. “For a number of years, Council has explored options for recycling agricultural plastics,” explained Lacombe County Reeve, Paula Law. “While this program won’t be operated on

  • Blog Plastics

    Bio-based plastics can reduce waste, but only if we invest in both making and getting rid of them

    August 22, 2018 by Danny Ducat

    Bio-based plastics are a promising option for reducing plastic waste, but scaling them up will require substantial investments, both in making them and in special facilities for disposing of them.

  • Scientists invent infinitely recyclable polymer

    August 15, 2018 by SWR Staff

    The world fell in love with plastics because they’re cheap, convenient, lightweight and long-lasting. For these same reasons, plastics are now trashing the Earth. Colorado State University chemists have announced in the journal Science another major step toward waste-free, sustainable

  • Blog Plastics

    Microplastics have invaded Antarctica

    July 20, 2018 by Alexis Janosik

    Microplastics are dispersing all over the world – in the water column, sediments, and marine animal diets – even reaching as far south as the pristine environments of Antarctica.

  • China’s plastic waste ban may force packaging change: study

    July 19, 2018 by SWR Staff

    China’s decision to stop importing recyclable plastic waste in January 2018 has left the world with little choice but to landfill recyclables for which no market now exists. The move, which is part of an initiative by China to focus

  • Blog Plastics

    How to clean up our universal plastic tragedy

    July 5, 2018 by Tony Robert Walker

    Twenty five years ago, I spent a summer removing plastic packing bands and plastic nets from 135 entangled Antarctic fur seals on Bird Island, South Georgia in the sub-Antarctic. Plastic marine waste discarded by the fishing industry were the primary