On April 22, the Recycling Council of Ontario held the 1998 Ontario Waste Minimization Awards at the Boulevard Club in Toronto. Outstanding achievements of businesses, municipalities and individuals were honoured in 12 categories. Industry win-
ners included: Honda of Canada Mfg. of Alliston (for its waste reduction and recycling programs that resulted in 97 per cent less waste going to landfill) and Annex Organics of Toronto (for its method of tackling green space, food and composting issues in an urban centre). Municipal winners included the City of Orillia (for extending the life expectancy of its landfill from 11 to 75 years) and the City of Markham (for its highly effective promotion and education campaigns).
Contact the RCO, 416-960-1025
The Container Recycling Institute (CRI), a nonprofit research group based in Arlington, Virginia, reports that since the first Earth Day, in 1970, Americans have landfilled more than 750 billion aluminum beverage cans. Despite the high value of aluminum scrap, according to CRI Executive Director Pat Franklin, the national recycling rate for aluminum cans dropped to 56 per cent in 1998, its lowest point in ten years. CRI reports that of the 102 billion aluminum cans sold in the U.S. last year, an estimated 56 billion were recycled but 46 billion ended up in landfill. CRI also reports that the recycling rate for aluminum cans and other beverage containers is below 50 per cent on average in the U.S. without a mandatory deposit system but is 80 per cent or higher in states where these containers have a deposit value of a nickel or a dime.
Contact CRI, 703-276-9800
Ford enters scrap business
Ford Motor Co., the world’s second-largest auto maker, will start recycling used auto parts, creating a clearinghouse that it expects will add U.S.$1-billion in annual revenue in five years. Ford has acquired Copher Brothers Auto Parts, in Tampa, Florida, to dismantle old cars and trucks. Parts will be resold to body shops, insurers and consumers. According to new Ford Chair William Clay Ford Jr., about 11 million vehicles are scrapped in the U.S. each year, and 75 per cent have parts that can be recycled.
Contact Ford, 905-845-2511
On May 26, former Peel Region Waste Director John Colonna was found guilty of soliciting a bribe from officials of manufacturer SCL Plastics, a bidder for a $1-million municipal contract. The jury upheld the prosecution’s allegation that Colonna asked two company employees for $60,000 in June 1997 to help them attain a contract to supply 250,000 Blue Boxes to the region. Colonna–who’ll be sentenced on August 9–maintains that he’s innocent.
RCO elects new board
On May 19, Recycling Council of Ontario announced its new 1999-2000 board of directors. Four incumbent board members and three new directors were elected for two-year terms. The other seven directors have one year remaining in their terms. The new directors are: Paul Bubelis, coordinator of the Sustainability Network; Janet Laird, manager of solid waste services for the City of Guelph; John Mullinder, executive director of the Paper and Paperboard Environment Council; Wendy Cook, principal of Cook and Associates (re-elected); John Jackson, coordinator of the Citizens’ Network on Waste Management; John Lackie, solid waste supervisor of the City of Barrie; and, Joy Rayner, active RCO member from Cambridge, Ontario. John Hanson was reappointed as executive director.
Contact the RCO, 416-960-1025
New compost facility
Canada Composting Inc.’s first North American facility–scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2000–will process between 150,000 and 180,000 tonnes of IC&I and residential feed stock per year. Located on 5.4 acres of industrial park in Newmarket, Ontario, the facility will use a patented German-based process that combines front-end treatment with anaerobic digestion techniques. The City of Toronto will also employ the CCI process at a pilot facility in partnership with Stone & Webster Canada Ltd. to study the effect of mixed waste and source-separated organics collection systems.
Contact Paul Blanchard, 905-830-1160, ext. 25
The Recycling Council of British Columbia’s 1999 Waste Reduction Conference and 25th Annual General Meeting took place on May 26-
28 at the Victoria Conference Centre. SW&R Editor-in-Chief Guy Crittenden moderated a lively “Great Debate” between Colin Isaacs of Toronto, Ontario-based Contemporary Information Analysis Ltd. and Doug Hickman of Canning, Nova Scotia-based PHA Consulting Ltd. on voluntary versus mandatory approaches to product stewardship. Next year’s conference will be held in Penticton from June 7-9.
Contact the RCBC, 604-683-6009
On May 10, the California Senate Environmental Quality Committee cleared two key packaging bills. SB 1110 expands the recycled content mandate for rigid plastic containers from 25 to 35 per cent and puts food and cosmetics containers back into the law. SB 332 expands the container deposit to all beverages except alcohol. The plastics recycling rate for 1997 was 21.9 per cent, down 2 points from 1996.
Contact Michele Raymond, 301 345-4237
Extended producer responsibility
On May 25, the Brewers of Ontario endorsed Ontario Environmental Commissioner Eva Ligeti‘s recommendation for the environment ministry to implement an extended producer responsibility program for consumer products sold in the province. Ligeti’s recommendation was part of a report that identifies the Beer Store container deposit-return system–and its 98 per cent packaging recovery rate and 92 per cent sales ration in refillable containers–as a model of a cost-effective and environmentally sound product stewardship program. The Brewers redeem deposits on more than 1.7-billion beer containers each year as well as handle non-deposit empty wine, spirit and cooler bottles returned to stores by mistake.
Contact C.J. Helie, 416-971-4094
New waste organization
An exciting new organization has been launched: the Municipal Waste Integration Network (MWIN). Calling itself “the voice and resource for municipal waste minimization and management,” MWIN will be open to membership from all sectors, but its Board will mostly be municipal. The group plans to eventually provide one-stop shopping for policy and municipal cooperation on the national level and through regional hubs.
Call 705-835-6049 or visit the new web site at mwin.org