Prairie used-oil recycling
On June 8, 2002 several western Canadians participated in Eco Day, an initiative to encourage proper recycling of used-oil materials. The annual event was organized by the Manitoba Association for Resource Recovery Corp., the Alberta Used Oil Management Association, and the Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corp. The event aims to promote awareness about used-oil recycling programs under which residents can recycle used oil, used oil filters and used plastic oil containers all year long.
Contact Ron Benson at 204-632-5255 or 1-888-410-1440
Tetra Pak wins recycling award
On April 25, 2002, Tetra Pak Canada Inc. received the Recycling Council of Ontario “Waste Minimization Promotion” award for its communication campaign on the addition of Tetra Pak cartons to Toronto’s Blue Box recycling collection program. “The Blue Box Just Got Bigger” campaign generated awareness and encouraged more than 70 per cent of Canadian households to recycle the Tetra Pak products. Tetra Pak Canada, based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, provides processing and packaging systems to liquid food and cheese manufacturers.
Also at this awards ceremony, SWR Editor-in-Chief Guy Crittenden was a finalist for the “Best Environmental News Story” award for his feature article, “Sludge Fight” about the controversial application of municipal sewage sludge to rural land (see the Cover Story in the December/January edition).
Contact Jaan Koel at 905-780-4934 or email@example.com or Tracy Sakamoto at 416-960-1025 or tracy@ rco.on.ca
Hawaii bottle bill
As part of a new deposit-return system Hawaii recently legislated a five-cent deposit on a wide-range of beverage containers. The new law — which is the first of its kind in the U.S. in 16 years — makes Hawaii the tenth state to require the take back of beverage containers through a deposit-return system. Approximately 800 million beverage containers sold in the state annually will now be recovered through a network of “redemption centers.” Retailers located within one mile of a redemption center will not be required to take back containers in their stores. (See Editorial, pg. 4, Cover Story, pg. 6.) Also visit www.solidwastemag.com for a link to more information.
Waste management data
Statistics Canada recently released the latest data concerning the amount of waste going to landfills and incinerators as well as selected financial and employment characteristics of waste management firms and municipalities that provide these services. The reports provide information on the amount of waste disposed in 1996, 1998, and 2000 from coast to coast, with some exceptions. To read the complete document, go to www.solidwastemag.com.
Alberta tire recycling
Since 2000 several communities in Alberta have received funding from the Tire Recycling Management Association (TRMA) to showcase recycled scrap tire products in various demonstration projects. These range from playgrounds to athletic facilities to other high profile public sites. In 2005, the Province of Alberta will celebrate its Centennial and, to commemorate this event, the Centennial Municipal Demonstration Project was established by the TRMA to ensure that 100 tire recycling projects are in place by 2005. Successful projects, some of which were announced on June 17, 2002, receive up to $20,000 in funding.
Contact Karen Enzenauer at 780-990-1111 or 1-888-999-8762 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Regina paint recycling
On April 20, 2002, the City of Regina in partnership with SaskTel launched its annual “Paint It Recycled” residential paint-waste diversion program. With the support of volunteers and corporate sponsors, the program was initiated in 1993. In 2001, Regina handled about 8,000 gallons of residential paint waste or about 68 per cent of Saskatchewan’s total. Last year the program cost approximately $65,000 or $8 per gallon. In an effort to reduce costs the labour intensive program is asking residents to bulk up oil-base paint into full cans so that cans can be processed faster. To further reduce costs and to reduce the amount of non-paint hazardous materials contaminating the program residents are now asked to stay in their vehicles while volunteers pick out only paint waste. The oil-based paint is processed into low-grade heating fuel by NewAlta(Sask) and the empty paint cans are recycled into steel. The program currently handles more oil-based than latex paint but more residents now buy latex paint, which is less expensive to handle.
For more information, contact Dwight Mercer at 306-777-7286 or dmercer@ cityregina.com
Tim tackling litter in Nova Scotia
On April 22, 2002, Tim Hortons announced a province-wide anti-litter campaign in Nova Scotia. The campaign includes in-store and drive-thru signage, radio promotions, plus community cleanup programs on May 25 that highlighted the educational and awareness program developed in conjunction with Nova Scotia Environment and Labour. The anti-litter campaign revolves around the question “What if everyone picked up just one piece of litter?” Store staff are participating in a contest to keep the properties and surrounding areas clean. Storeowners have also coordinated community cleanups in conjunction with schools, clubs and various organizations and are providing garbage bags, gloves, prizes, incentives and product for volunteers. The chain currently has 176 stores in the province.
Contact Barry Friesen at 902-424-2645 or email@example.com
Newfoundland’s new waste strategy
On April 10, 2002, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced a new waste management strategy. Minister of Environment Kevin Aylward outlined the goals of the strategy, including a 50 per cent waste diversion target, an 80 per cent reduction of the 240 landfills, and the phase-out of incinerators and unlined landfill sites. The strategy, which will be fully implemented by 2010, comes on the heels of a province-wide public consultation report. (See Regulation Roundup, page 25.)
Metro acquires western plants
Metro Waste Paper Recovery Inc. has completed the purchase of Norampac Paper Recovery Division and ETL Recycling Services Inc. The assets include eight Norampac plants in B.C., Alberta and Nova Scotia, and four ETL plants in B.C. These acquisitions complement the existing operations in eastern Canada. Metro now owns a total of 16 plants in the country.
Contact Bill Stitt at 403-830-6041
Ottawa seeks GST on TO’s waste
In the spring, City of Toronto officials said they received a “notice of assessment” from Canada Customs and Revenue Agency indicating that they owe $2.8-million in GST on the cost of hauling the waste to Michigan and the disposal fees for the last four years. According to Steve Whitter, a director with the city’s works department, Toronto will launch an appeal over the sudden tax notice. York Region could also receive a GST bill when it starts sending 50,000 tonnes of waste to Michigan next year. Currently, Toronto only sends a small amount of its waste to U.S. landfills, but after the Keele Valley landfill site closes in December, it plans to haul about 1.25 million tonnes of waste next year, at an estimated cost of $62.5-million, plus possible GST fees.