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Alberta proposes GHG reporting programThe Alberta Government recently released a discussion paper, "A Framework Proposal for an Alberta Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program," which outlines a proposal to ...


Alberta proposes GHG reporting program

The Alberta Government recently released a discussion paper, “A Framework Proposal for an Alberta Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program,” which outlines a proposal to require facilities that emit more than 150,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHGs) a year to report on their emissions. Under a proposed pilot program, companies would begin collecting emissions data in 2003 and mandatory reporting would begin in 2004. Reporting industries would include: power generation, petroleum refining, gas and heavy oil production, coal mining, oil sands, pulp and paper, wood products, iron and steel, cement production, chemicals and fertilizers. To read this paper, visit

www.ene.gov.ab.ca/env

Call Val Mellemoen at 780-427-2848.

Goodbye Keele Valley

On New Year’s Eve, the Keele Valley Landfill in Vaughan, Ontario was closed. Local residents marked the occasion with champagne and cake. The landfill, which was Canada’s largest, covers an area of about 375 hectares. Within a year the site will be covered with 1.2 metres of clay, topsoil and grass seed and turned into a multi-use recreational property. A golf course is set to open in 2004 and soccer fields and baseball diamonds are slated to be open by the end of 2005. In addition, there are plans for a botanical garden and a conservation area. Waste will now be hauled to Detroit, Michigan by about 130 trucks. The City of Toronto has a deal with the Sumpter Township Landfill that could last 20 years. The cost to dispose waste in Michigan is $52 per tonne versus $15 to $20 per tonne at the former Keele site. Toronto aims to increase the recycling rate to 30 per cent this year, 60 per cent by 2006 and 100 per cent by 2010. (See articles “Journey of a Thousand Miles” in the August/September 2002 edition and “Transfer Trailers” in the December/January 2003 edition.)

WDO program

In mid-January 2003 Stewardship Ontario, the industry funding organization charged with implementing and operating the municipal recycling program for Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO), submitted a draft plan. A final version is scheduled to be submitted for the environment minister’s approval by February 28, 2003. The draft plan proposes a set of funding rules through which brand owners and first importers into Ontario of products that result in blue box waste are to share with municipalities the net cost of recycling these wastes, as required by the Waste Diversion Act. The plan assumes a starting date of June 1, 2003.

Critics question the cost differences proposed by secretariat Corporations Supporting.Recycling (CSR) to an earlier plan submitted for the former Waste Diversion Organization in 2000. In CSR’s September 2000 report “Achieving Sustainable Municipal Waste Diversion Programs in Ontario” the costs of the blue box program were estimated to be $40- $64-million with a forecasted 50 per cent diversion (one million tonnes). But the draft plan indicates that 50 per cent diversion will be equivalent to just 827,000 tonnes and will cost $62- to $102-million.

Contact Donald Wiedman at 416-594-3456, ext. 234 or wiedman@stewardshipontario.ca

CPIA announces new president and CEO

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association recently announced the appointment of Serge Lavoie as the new president and CEO for the association. Mr. Lavoie will replace Pierre Dubois, who will retire April 1, 2003. Mr. Lavoie has a 23-year background managing not-for-profit associations and was the unanimous choice from a long and distinguished list of candidates.

CPIA is an industry trade association dedicated to advancing the prosperity and international competitiveness of the plastics industry in Canada. It has offices in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

Contact Karen Wolfe at 905-678-0774 or kwolfe@cpia.ca

Plastic beer bottle

Brick Brewery of Waterloo, Ontario has recently become the first Canadian brewer to package beer in a plastic bottle. The packaging is made of recycled plastic and has a multi-layer design to keep CO2 inside the container. The bottle is recyclable and will carry the same 10-cent refundable deposit as a 12-oz. glass bottle.

Contact Kevin Meens at 509-502-1482

Guelph awards RRT MRF upgrade project

On December 12, 2002 the City of Guelph, Ontario announced that it awarded RRT Design & Construction (RRT) a contract to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for major modifications to Guelph’s material recovery facility (MRF). This automated facility will process 44,000 tons per year, incorporating RRT’s extensive experience demonstrated at facilities throughout Canada and the U.S. Construction is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2003. In 1995, Guelph implemented a two-stream wet/dry curbside collection and processing program. After a comprehensive review in 2000-2001, it was concluded that although the wet side of the program had been successful, the now out-dated dry facility equipment was no longer meeting the needs of the city. (See “Guelph Wet-Dry Efficiency Examined” in the February/ March 2000 edition.)

Contact Carrie McConnell at 631-756-1060, ext. 161 or info@rrtenviro.com

SWANA — Pacific Chapter call for papers

The technical program is currently being assembled for the Solid Waste Association of North America’s 18th Annual Northwest Symposium to be held on April 3 and 4, 2002 at the Best Western Richmond Hotel in Richmond, B.C. The conference is inviting submissions on zero waste and other solid waste management topics. Send a 150-200 word abstract outlining the major conclusions or messages, along with name, affiliation, address, phone, fax and email to this SWANA representative ASAP:

Paul Henderson, City of Vancouver, Engineering Services, Transfer/Landfill Operations branch, 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4. Paul_henderson@city.vancouver.bc.ca

Workshop offers TDGA training for HHW

The Association of Municipal Recycling Coordinators (AMRC), in conjunction with the Region of Peel, organized a special certification workshop for household hazardous waste (HHW) program operators who fall under the Transport of Dangerous Goods Act (TDGA). The workshop was held on January 20, 2003 in Brampton, Ontario. HHW program operators are now obligated to comply with the TDGA if: they handle dangerous goods, sign manifests or are an employer who directs people who do, haven’t been re-trained since the regulations were changed August 15, 2002. (See the “Hauling / Transportation & Materials Handling” supplement, page XX.)

Call 519-823-1990

Office Depot alliance with Green Order

On December 9, 2002 Office Depot Inc. — the world’s largest seller of office products — announced the formation of a business relationship with GreenOrder, an environmental consulting firm, to provide sustainability audits to assess customer’s procurement practices and to identify opportunities to purchase environmentally preferable paper and other products. According to Andrew Shapiro, chair of GreenOrder, the audit will help customers evaluate the environmental impacts of the products they purchase and will identify alternative products sold by Office Depot that are more energy efficient or otherwise environmentally preferable. GreenOrder will also calculate the benefits and costs of moving to environmentally preferable products. He says that in many cases companies can save energy and improve environmental performance for the same or lower costs. Office Depot is eager to increase sales of post-consumer recycled content papers and other environmentally friendly products. The company operates 861
office
supply superstores in Canada and the United States and sells products and services to 19 other countries.

Contact Andrew Shapiro at 212-725-4848, ext. 221

Hotel chain recognized for environmental efforts

On December 13, 2002, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, British Columbia and the Fairmont Winnipeg were recognized by BC Hydro and the Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development respectively for their outstanding environmental contributions as part of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ Green Partnership Program. Five B.C. properties made significant reductions to their energy consumption, earning them “B.C. Hydro Power Smart Certified” status and the “Sustainable Development 2002 Award, Business Category.” With over $700,000 in total electricity savings since 1999 and an aggressive target to further reduce by 20 per cent over the next five years, the hotel chain recently became the first hotel brand and only the second company in the province to be Power Smart Certified. Environmental measures include: modified lighting, rooftop and boiler upgrades, installation of energy management control systems, training and awareness programs for employees, donations of furniture and other goods to local charities, fund raising for polar bear research, and the active promotion of environmental stewardship. In addition, in Toronto, Ontario, Fairmont Royal York’s updated HVAC system and other related measures resulted in savings of over $1-million over a period of two years.

Contact Mike Taylor at 416-874-2457 or mike.taylor@fairmont.com

Kyoto Protocol gets the green light

The federal government voted in favour of ratifying the Kyoto Protocol on December 11, 2002 — the fifth anniversary of the original signing of the deal in Japan — and Prime Minister Jean Chretien subsequently ratified the Protocol less than a week later. Under Kyoto, Canada will be obliged to reduce its emissions of such greenhouse gases (GHGs) as CO2 to six per cent below 1990 levels by 2012. In the fall the Government of Canada released its draft plan, Climate Change: Achieving our Commitments Together. The plan — which involves about 240 megatonnes of emission reductions by 2012 — asks industry to bear as much as 40 per cent of the total burden for cutting GHGs.

Several business leaders, premiers and provincial environment ministers have criticized the plan, saying it is unrealistic, based on questionable science, and too short on specifics. Opponents say ratification will harm Canadian industry, especially in oil-rich provinces such as Alberta.

With Canada’s participation, a total of 98 countries representing an estimated 40.7 per cent of global GHG emissions have now ratified the Protocol, including all the European Union members and Japan. Australia and the United States have decided not to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. The Protocol will take effect when at least 55 countries representing 55 per cent of global GHG emissions have approved it.


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