Solid Waste & Recycling


News (April 01, 2003)

Alberta tire recyclingThe Tire Recycling Management Association of Alberta (TRMA) is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. The TRMA has overseen the recycling of 25 million tires, an estimated $...

Alberta tire recycling

The Tire Recycling Management Association of Alberta (TRMA) is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. The TRMA has overseen the recycling of 25 million tires, an estimated $150-million has been saved in landfill costs and a new and evolving industry that is able to deal with the over three million tires Albertans discard every year. In an initiative to mark its 10th anniversary the TRMA is holding presentations throughout the province to give communities updates on the status of tire recycling in Alberta. In addition, the TRMA introduced the Centennial Municipal Demonstration program. Under the program, the TRMA funds the cost of putting recycled tire products into municipal and community projects with a goal to have 100 projects in place by 2005, the year of Alberta’s Centennial.

Contact Barbara Belzerowski at

Edmonton waste centre update

In mid-March 2003 the Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence announced that it would begin construction this year on two new research facilities to augment existing partner facilities. The first is a $4.4-million solid waste facility and the second is a $4-million facility for wastewater treatment technologies (at the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant). Both are funded through the Infrastructure Canada-Alberta Program. The Centre’s purpose is to advance research and technology and share waste management knowledge that will improve the sustainability of urban areas throughout the world. Several research projects focused on composting and advanced technology to improve wastewater effluent are already underway.

Contact Dr. Jerry Leonard at 780-496-6872

State of the industry

About one quarter of the waste generated by Canadian businesses and households handled by the waste management industry in 2000 was diverted from disposal, according to the Statistics Canada biennial report Waste Management Industry Survey: Business and Government Sectors, 2000. The report presents quantities of waste disposed in landfills and incinerators managed by governments and businesses and the amount of waste generated and diverted from disposal. It also includes statistics on the preparation of materials for recycling or re-use, the operation of disposal facilities such as landfills and incinerators, as well as financial and employment characteristics of local governments and businesses that provided waste management services. To review the highlights and for a link to the report, visit

Contact the Information Officer at 613-951-0297

CWS must divest Ridge Landfill

On March 13, 2003, the Federal Court of Appeal upheld earlier Competition Tribunal decisions requiring the divestiture of the Ridge Landfill in southern Ontario. The divestiture will address competition concerns resulting from the merger of Canadian Waste Services Inc. (CWS) and Browning Ferris Industries Ltd. in 2000. Under an existing Tribunal order, the Ridge Landfill will continue to be held separate from CWS operations pending its sale to a third party. It will also continue to be under the direction of an independent manager and monitor until the divestiture is complete. According to Lourdes DaCosta, senior competition law officer, this decision is good news for businesses in the Greater Toronto Area and elsewhere in southern Ontario.

Contact Tim Weil at 819-953-9271

Quebec’s new recycling stewardship system

The Province of Quebec recently passed a new bill to allow municipalities to be compensated for the materials recovery services they provide. Under Bill 102, product manufacturers will be expected to pay a stewardship fee to help pay for municipal collection efforts. The stewardship program was developed as a key component of the province’s 10-year plan to reduce waste by 65 per cent by 2008. The cost of municipal waste recycling programs in Quebec is estimated to be about $50-million per year. Under Bill 102, industry will be expected to cover half of that cost.

Recyc-Quebec, the province’s primary waste residual management organization, will manage negotiations among municipalities and manufacturers to decide on the funding formula and participants. The paint and beverage container industries will probably be excluded from the plan.

Contact Pierre Racin at 418-643-0394 or

Possible incineration project for Toronto waterfront

A City of Toronto committee wants to fast-track construction of an incinerator near the Toronto waterfront. On April 1, The Globe and Mail reported that a memo leaked from the “new and emerging technologies” committee, which is responsible for exploring alternatives to landfilling waste, identified avoidance of an environmental assessment in its work plan. Toronto is under pressure to find an alternative to sending waste to landfills in Michigan (a bottle-bill state) because the U.S. could close its doors to Canadian waste and there has been public outcry in towns along the hauling route in Canada. The city currently spends millions of dollars a year to send 135 trucks of waste along highways 401 and 402. Committee member Brad Duguid, who also serves as chair of the city’s works committee says that bypassing the Act would prevent “environmental assessment requirements” from delaying construction of a new incinerator or gasification plant (to “super heat garbage” and produce gas that can be used to generate heat or electricity). The Toronto Environmental Alliance denounces the plan, saying that the technology under discussion is so new that it has never been successfully demonstrated on a large scale. Meanwhile, the committee says it hopes to issue a request for proposals to construct a new disposal facility by the end of this year.

Contact Brad Duguid at 416-392-0204 or

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