New recycling boxes
From June 17 to the beginning of November, nine public recycling InfoBoxes are being made available to the millions of tourists who visit the Old Port of Montreal, Quebec each year. The boxes are part of a pilot program sponsored by the Environment and Plastics Industry Council (EPIC), the National Association of Plastic Container Recovery (NAPCOR), the Old Port of Montreal Corporation Inc., Recyc-Quebec and Toronto, Ontario-based OMG Media. Each of the boxes offers separate compartments for waste and recyclable bottles (plastic and aluminum). Cathy Cirko, director general of EPIC says, “We’re excited about the possibility of dramatically increasing the collection of the smaller, non-deposit plastic PET containers commonly used for spring water and juice.”
Contact Melanie Franner, 905-458-5399
Plastic recycling rates
The R.W. Beck 1998 plastics recycling rate survey shows that recovery of plastic bottles in the United States has increased 7 per cent between 1997 and 1998 — to 1.45 million pounds. The survey mainly covered bottles and related packaging, not all plastic materials recovered. Despite the gains, recovery is barely keeping up with growth in the use of plastics, which increased by 424 million pounds in 1998. At 10.1 per cent, the recycling rate for consumer PET bottles was down, and the recovery of HDPE bottles was slightly up (at 25.2 per cent). The American Plastics Council says there is twice as much capacity to process recycled plastics as virgin feedstock. APC is urging communities to increase education on the collection of plastics.
Contact Pete Dinger, 202-974-5420
The “In Praise of Stores That Do” program will launched this fall in the City of Peterborough, Ontario. Through its recycling newsletter the city will recognize those stores that specify recycled Ontario post-consumer film content in their grocery sacks and/or store-brand garbage bags. For almost three years now, municipal representatives have met with industry representatives — including CSR: Corporations Supporting Recycling and the Environment and Plastics Industry Council (EPIC) — to determine solutions to film recycling problems.
Contact Clarissa Morawski, 416-682-8984
Inter-provincial waste reg
The federal government is developing draft regulations for the inter-provincial movement of waste. The government is also exploring regulatory options including pre-notification applications and consents for the transboundary movement of wastes destined for final disposal in either Canada or the U.S. Costs of any regulatory programs for international movement of non-hazardous wastes would likely be added to the cost-recovery program. See www.solidwastemag.com for a link to the Environment Canada web site.
Garbage at the border
As the City of Toronto mulls its long-term trash management options (see cover article in April/May 1999 issue), two environmental groups — the Network of Waste Activists Stopping Trash Exports (NO WASTE) and the Ecology Center — are concerned that the city may make Michigan its long-term disposal site. Two companies that operate landfills in southeast Michigan and already receive some of Toronto’s garbage — Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) and Republic Services — have expressed an interest in becoming Toronto’s long-term disposal facility. Toronto’s Integrated Solid Waste Management Process has also identified 21 other companies and the next step is request for proposals (which start in October).
Contact Lawson Oates, 416-392-9744
John Colonna sentenced
On August 9 an Ontario Superior Court judge ruled that John Colonna, formerly director of waste management for Peel Region, committed a serious breach of the public trust by soliciting a $50,000 bribe. Colonna was sentenced to perform 200 hours of community service and serve a conditional sentence of two years less a day at home followed by two years probation. Colonna can only leave his house for work, church services, medical or legal reasons and must disclose his conviction to any prospective employer.