SWR wins awards!
On April 18, 2001, Solid Waste & Recycling magazine author and environmental consultant Clarissa Morawski of Toronto, Ontario-based CM Consulting won first prize in the media category of the 2000 Ontario Waste Minimization Awards hosted by the Recycling Council of Ontario. This year’s awards ceremony took place at the River Run theatre facility in Guelph — a community that has won numerous awards for its progressive waste diversion programs. The article “Where is Plastic Packaging Leading Us?” (August/September 2000 edition) won the award for the “Outstanding Environmental News Story” of the year. The piece offered in-depth analysis of the growing problem of increased volumes of plastic that are not recycled and that must be collected and disposed of at great expense. This issue has challenged industry stakeholders, government policymakers and municipal taxpayers alike. According to Editor-in-Chief Guy Crittenden, the award is especially satisfying, as the recipient has authored many articles that challenge the status quo thinking about curbside recycling in Canada. “Clarissa has literally ‘thought outside the blue box’ and used meaningful data to question common assumptions about the success of municipal recycling and industry stewardship in this country,” says Mr. Crittenden. “She has revealed that a considerable gap exists between the industry’s stated objectives of reducing waste and the reality that all but a tiny fraction of plastic eventually ends up in landfill. I’m thrilled that the RCO has honored her spirited presentation of the challenge and possible solutions.” Mr. Crittenden’s article “Family Scrap” (October/November 2000 edition) was runner-up. The third finalist was a CBC television series on waste diversion by Patricia Jeflyn. To read the articles see www.solidwastemag.com.
Contact Guy Crittenden at 416-442-2202
On April 30, 2001, US-based Planet Earth Recycling Inc. acquired a 363-tonne per day transfer station and recycling facility in Toronto, Ontario. The facility will accommodate recycling, de-packaging, satellite, transfer, research and development, and technology demonstration facilities. The company paid $1.9-million for the building and site, which is just under eight acres of property with 69,000 sq. ft. of building space, including 6,000 sq. ft. of offices and 63,000 sq. ft. of plant space. The front receiving area houses six dock-level unloading stations able to accommodate six transport trailers. The rear receiving area has three additional ground-level entry points able to accommodate bulk tankers and vans. There are also four rail car access doors. The facility will receive several waste streams, including organics, to be sold to the Hamilton BioConversion Inc. Thermo Master plant. This acquisition is projected to generate $4-million in revenue this year and $9-million next year.
Contact Kevin Skett at 360-332-1350
U.S. waste industry
The 27,000 organizations in the United States solid waste industry generated more than US$4.3-billion in revenue in 1999, according to a comprehensive study commissioned by the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF). The foundation retained R.W. Beck, Inc. and Chartwell Information Publishers to survey public and private sector companies. Private sector waste management companies generated approximately 76 per cent of the industry’s total revenues. The industry also contributed more than $96-billion and 948,000 jobs to the U.S. economy, including 367,000 people employed directly by the industry. Employees were paid an average of $27,200 per year, including benefits. Of the estimated 27,000 organizations operating in the industry, 55 per cent are in the public sector, 45 per cent are privately held companies, and 0.1 per cent are companies publicly traded on the stock market. The study costs US$20.
Composting awareness week
From April 29 to May 5, The Composting Council of Canada hosted its annual Composting Awareness Week. Established in 1995 to promote composting and compost utilization throughout the country, events now include backyard composting distribution programs, openings of centralized composting facilities, gardening programs and tree planting ceremonies. The UK Composting Association and the US Composting Council collaborate to make this an international event.
Contact Susan Antler at 416-535-0240 or ccc.compost.org
Earth Day 2001
On April 22, 2001, millions of people around the globe celebrated Earth Day — the world’s largest environmental event. “Target Zero Canada,” a new program of Earth Day Canada, promotes “zero waste” solutions that facilitate environmental, social and economic sustainability. Education efforts aim to shift public awareness of the use of natural resources and energy, and waste issues. “Waste is fundamentally the product of inefficiency,” says Jed Goldberg, president of Earth Day Canada.
Contact Jane Widerman at 416-534-9888 or email@example.com
On May 30, 2001, the City of Edmonton announced that the compost produced at the Edmonton Composting Facility is ready for market. The facility — which combines residential waste and wastewater biosolids — attracts international attention for its role in helping the city divert up to 70 per cent of household waste from landfill. In operation since October 2000, the facility processes about 180,000 tonnes of residential waste and produces 125,000 tonnes of compost annually. (See Composting Matters in the December/
January 2001 edition.) While the compost will be sold primarily to the agricultural sector and for reclamation purposes, residents will also be able to buy it for use in their vegetable gardens, lawns and flowerbeds starting June 2, 2001. The compost will be available at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre at a cost of $12 per cubic yard. The City — which recently purchased the facility from TransAlta — will receive 100 per cent of revenues.
Contact Connie Boyce at 780-496-5407 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On May 16, 2001, Alberta Minister of Environment Dr. Lorne Taylor introduced a used oil recycling initiative between Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. On June 9, a public information event, EcoDay, will raise the profile of Alberta’s 53 EcoCentres and 600 collection depots where used oil materials — including used oil, filters and plastic containers — are accepted for recycling year-round.
Call 403.843.6563 or see www.recycle.ab.ca
The Environment and Plastics Industry Council (EPIC) Elevated Wetlands Story Book contest was launched on September 1, 2000. The contest invited Grade 6, 7 and 8 students to use the “Elevated Wetlands” as a main feature, central character or theme in the story written and designed for Grade 3 students. SW&R Editor-in-Chief Guy Crittenden helped judge the 200 entries from across Canada. Congratulations to students of Chief Bruneau School in Rae-Edzo Northwest Territories for “Jack Fish’s Wish!”
Contact Karen Wolfe at 905-678-7748, ext. 231
Coca-Cola recycling increase?
Investors with 88.9 million shares of The Coca-Cola Co. stock worth more than $4-billion voted to support a shareholder resolution on recycling at the company’s annual meeting in early April. The non-binding proposal calls for the company to achieve two specific recycling goals by January 1, 2005: make plastic bottles with 25 per cent recycled plastic and take steps to achieve an 80 per cent recycling rate for bottles and cans. To read the proposed resolution, see www.solidwastemag.com.
Contact Lance King at 703-536-7282 or 706-613-7121
On June 6, 2001, Tetra Pak Canada Inc. opened its new 39,000 square foot Canadian headquarters. Joining Tetra Pak for the celebration were representatives from some of the biggest companies in the Canadian food industry, as well as the president and CEO of Tetra Pak worldwide,
s Shreiber. The building also features a 16,000 square foot warehouse that will be used as an operational show room to exhibit innovations in packaging and processing technologies. Lassonde Inc., currently the only Canadian company marketing the Tetra Prisma Aseptic package, was awarded, together with Tetra Pak, the Packaging Association of Canada’s Envirowise Award for Responsive Packaging in recognition of the new container.
Contact Jason Chennette at 416-924-4442, ext. 242.