B.C. polycoat exemption
On September 9, the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Lands, and Parks announced that industry has a one-year extension to implement a plan for polycoat recycling (e.g., drink-box and gable-top containers). For now, polycoat will not be part of the expanded B.C. beverage container deposit-refund program. (Effective October 1, 1998, the program was expanded from soft drink and beer to include wine, spirits, juices, water, and other ready-to-serve drink containers, with the exception of milk and milk substitutes.)
The plan will be drafted by an industry committee made up of representatives from the American Forest and Paper Association, International Paper Co., Weyerhaeuser Canada Ltd., Sun-Rype Products Ltd., Dairyworld Foods, Juice Council of B.C., and TetraPak Canada.
Even with the one-year extension for polycoat, more than 166 million beverage containers are expected to be diverted from municipal waste streams and recycled annually under the expanded program.
Contact Alex Dabrowski, 250-387-9423
SWANA landfill course
On September 15 to 17, the Ontario chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America hosted the “Manager of Landfill Operations” course in Markham, Ontario. Attendees from several provinces, U.S. states, and places as far away as Ireland, toured Toronto’s Keele Valley landfill site as part of the training exercise. The organizers would like to thank Toronto public works’ Lou Ciardullo and Robert McKenzie for making the tour a tremendous success.
Contact Doug Robinson, email@example.com
The average recycled content of paper-based packaging shipped domestically in Canada has jumped 18 per cent since 1988 to reach a new record high of 63 per cent. Packaging grade averages include: containerboard, 59 per cent; boxboard, 85 per cent; and, kraft paper, 22 per cent. The jump in average recycled content can largely be attributed to higher recycled content in containerboard, the major packaging grade. Containerboard is made of linerboard and corrugated medium; domestic shipments of linerboard now average 50 per cent recycled content. Several packaging mills (such as MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario and St-Laurent Paperboard in Matane, Quebec) have converted virgin-fibre mills into recycled-content mills.
First Stabilate plant
On September 9, 1998, SW&R Editor-in-Chief Guy Crittenden visited Peel Region;s recently expanded waste processing plant in Caledon, Ontario. The plant, built by HUWS Corp. of Palgrave, Ontario, uses patented German in-vessel technology to compost residential organics. The expansion adds more “biocell” reactors to convert mixed waste into a dry refuse-derived-fuel called Stabilate and a covered building to prepare the fuel for market. HUWS Corp. says this is the first Stabilate plant in North America and is negotiating with potential customers for the fuel. (Note: This magazine has scheduled a detailed article about the plant technology and economics for its February/March 1999 issue.)
Contact HUWS Corp., 519-942-1008
Durham waste plan
Ontario’s Durham Region plans to divert up to 80 per cent of its 130,000 tonnes of residential waste from landfill. Currently, about 50 per cent of the region’s waste is recycled via the Blue Box, while the rest is sent to landfill.
Rick Johnson, chair of the region’s works committee, would like the region to implement a four-stream wet-dry waste disposal system. Household hazardous waste would be collected or deposited at local depots. Consulting firm Procter and Redfern has been hired to help draft a waste plan for the next 20 years. The plan is due this fall.
Federal workers at Agriculture Canada are concerned about the 10,000 tonnes of waste per year from incoming flights at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport being buried at the 205-acre Britannia Sanitary Landfill Site in Mississauga, Ontario. According to Gary Dion of the agriculture section of the Public Service Alliance Union, organisms in the waste (which include meats, plants, soil, and leftover food from flights) are able to survive underground and diseases can spread that affect animals and humans. Pearson’s waste was incinerated until July 1993, when government officials decided to send it to landfill. John Tattersall of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said tests were conducted before approval was given and, if all procedures are followed, burying the waste should be as safe as incineration. Airlines pay $80 per tonne to send the waste to the site.
On July 29, an innovative waste management logistics and tracking system developed by Environmental Resources Management (ERM) for automotive manufacturer Daimler-Benz (DB) in Germany garnered the “Paul H. Woodruff Award for Excellence.” ERM is an environmental consulting and engineering organization with more than 115 locations in thirty countries. The annual award is given to employees whose innovative environmental solutions and technical achievement display excellence. In the waste management system-created by Thomas Kiechle and Michael Fecker of the Stuttgart, Germany office-waste is collected separately in bins and containers marked with a bar code film that provides specific waste data on-line for the waste generator, the disposal service, and the accounting department.