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Electronic Recycling Association donating laptops

April 1, 2020 by SWR Staff

The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) announced a new program that will help equip families and organizations with computers throughout COVID-19. Within the last two weeks, the ERA has seen a massive increase in online donation requests, primarily coming from families…

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Kruger shutting down production and biomass plant in Brompton

March 31, 2020 by SWR Staff

BROMPTON, Quebec – Kruger Specialty Papers today announced the temporary shutdown of its Brompton facility, effective Friday, April 3, for an indefinite period of time. The company came to the decision due to unfavorable market conditions that deteriorated very rapidly…

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PLASTICS cancels sustainability and recycling event

March 31, 2020 by SWR Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced today that the 2020 Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit, originally scheduled for May 18-20, 2020 in Cincinnati, OH, will be canceled due to the travel bans and guidelines that are in place…

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Recycling Council of British Columbia offers pandemic updates

March 27, 2020 by SWR Staff

VANCOUVER – The Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC) is providing updated COVID-19 related information to the public from service suppliers and municipalities as it becomes available. During this public health emergency, BC’s primary source of public information on waste…

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Hamilton, Ontario, collection workers back on the job

March 25, 2020 by SWR Staff

HAMILTON, Ontario – Solid waste collection workers on Hamilton, Ontario refused work on Monday, citing concerns over their safety during the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a report by the Hamilton Spectator, the unionized workers were concerned about being exposed to…

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Ontario says waste services are essential

March 24, 2020 by SWR Staff

TORONTO  – The Ontario government’s shutdown of non-essential services to curb COVID19 spread does NOT includes waste management. The Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) highlights the following business areas related to waste management that are deemed essential: Utilities, and Businesses…

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European recycling markets reel from coronavirus

March 23, 2020 by Emily Atkins

Industry worried about limited volumes entering collection systems, logistics disruptions, potential downstream demand losses in non-packaging sectors, buyers abandoning sustainability measures and a reduction in necessary long-term investment

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Ontario puts alcohol container returns on hold

March 18, 2020 by SWR Staff

TORONTO – Ontario’s Beer Store is pausing recycling until March 31. The Beer Store will not accept empty containers at any of its retail stores across the province, effective March 19, through to March 31. Deposits will be fully honoured…

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COVID-19 hits waste shows

March 13, 2020 by SWR Staff

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic SWANApalooza has been cancelled and WasteExpo rescheduled from May to August 2020. The Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) says it has been closely monitoring and evaluating the spread of coronavirus and…