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TerraCycle offers PPE collection

August 3, 2020 by SWR Staff

TRENTON, New Jersey – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has proven indispensable in the wake of COVID-19 but this surge has led to littered PPE flooding streets and marine habitats. To address this unintended public health crisis of potentially hazardous litter,…

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Covid-19 has resurrected single-use plastics

July 24, 2020 by Jessica Heiges and Kate O'Neill

Are they back to stay?

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COVID-19 is laying waste to many U.S. recycling programs

July 10, 2020 by Brian Love & Julie Rieland

Waste sources, quantities and destinations are all in flux, and shutdowns have devastated an industry that was already struggling

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SWANA submits statement on recycling challenges for U.S. Senate

June 22, 2020 by SWR Staff

Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has submitted a written statement to the leadership of the U.S. Senate Committee of Environment and Public Works (EPW) concerning some of the challenges facing recycling in the…

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Bottled up frustration for PET

June 17, 2020 by Susan Mair, Petrochemical Analyst at ICIS

Changes in tourism and travel due to the pandemic will affect pries and supply of PET resin feedstocks

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Ontario residents generate more garbage during pandemic

June 15, 2020 by SWR Staff

With the support of Ontario municipalities, representing close to 8.5 million residents, data has been gathered to better understand the high-level impacts of COVID-19 on residential and commercial waste generation. Since the week of March 9th data has been tracked…

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What happens to waste PPE during the coronavirus pandemic?

June 5, 2020 by Carly Fletcher

The most effective means of disposal is to burn it

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UBC researchers develop biodegradable medical mask

May 22, 2020 by Emily Atkins

VANCOUVER – The shortage of medical grade masks worldwide has hobbled health care professionals responding to the novel coronavirus – highlighting the need for improving supply lines and manufacturing more masks locally. Researchers in the BioProducts Institute at the University of British…

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Micron Waste buying PPE manufacturer

May 20, 2020 by SWR Staff

VANCOUVER – Micron Waste Technologies Inc. has agreed to purchase all the shares of Covid Technologies Inc. Covid is a privately held British Columbia corporation based in Vancouver, British Columbia dedicated to the manufacture of personal protective equipment (PPE) in…

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Rare earth recycler pivots to make sanitizer

May 15, 2020 by SWR Staff

MONTREAL – Geomega Resources Inc., a rare earths clean technologies developer for mining and recycling, has retrofitted its pilot plant and has begun the production of hand sanitizer for the Québec market. The Rare Earth Pilot Plant facility, located at…