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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…

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Using lots of plastic packaging during the coronavirus crisis? You’re not alone

May 15, 2020 by Daiane Scaraboto, Alison M Joubert & Claudia Gonzalez-Arcos

Amid understandable concern over health and hygiene during the pandemic, the problem of disposable plastics has taken a back seat

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Waste Connections reports revenue up in Q1 2020

May 13, 2020 by SWR Staff

TORONTO – Waste Connections, Inc. exceed its Q1 2020 profit outlook in spite of the pandemic. “We couldn’t be any prouder of our company’s preparedness for and execution during this pandemic, which should leave us well-positioned when we emerge from…

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Geotab launches economic recovery dashboard

May 12, 2020 by SWR Staff

TORONTO – Geotab has launched a Commercial Transportation Recovery Dashboard. Using aggregated and anonymized data processed from more than two million of its connected fleet vehicles around the world, the dashboard helps to depict the current state of COVID-19 recovery and…

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Covid crisis makes waste collector stronger

May 8, 2020 by James Menzies, Truck News

For refuse collector Waste Connections, business may never return to how it was before the Covid-19 pandemic

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Celebrate Earth Day responsibly

April 22, 2020 by SWANA

SWANA encourages responsible 50th Earth Day celebrations

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Ontario blue box windup plan deadline extended

April 16, 2020 by SWR Staff

TORONTO –The Ontario government has extended the deadline for winding up the blue box program. The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks has extended the deadline for Stewardship Ontario (SO) to submit its proposed Blue Box Program Wind-up Plan…

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SWANA reports “significant” uptick in fatalities

April 15, 2020 by SWR Staff

Silver Spring, MD – Over the past month, there has been a significant increase in the number of fatal incidents involving solid waste collection vehicles and employees. Since March 14, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is aware…

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Garbage shortage driving rats indoors

April 13, 2020 by SWR Staff

TORONTO – The rats are coming. With Covid-19 causing restaurants, hotels and other industries to close or slow operations down, there is less garbage on the streets waiting for pickup. For rats, this means their daily smorgasbord or leftover delights…