EcoMedia taps CNE as new venue
EcoMedia has penned a three-year deal with the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto that will give advertisers further access to the approximately 1.2 million visitors who pass under the Prince’s Gates. EcoMedia will gradually replace the 45-gallon garbage bins dot- ting the Exhibition grounds with branded recycling units. More advertisers will be able to gain access to EcoMedia’s units at next year’s CNE, as the company plans to expand the fairground fleet to over 200 units, and over 300 the following year. Visitwww.eco-media.ca
OVWRC programs win awards
Waste Reduction Week proved to be a rewarding experience for the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre (OVWRC) in more ways than one. Recently, two of the Centre’s programs were recognized by provincial organizations at award ceremonies held during Waste Reduction Week. At its annual annual Waste Minimization Awards the OVWRC was awarded a bronze recognition by the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) in the Waste Diversion Program Operator category for the work done implementing an integrated waste management program with Algonquin Park using MOLOK bins. The OVWRC was also recognized by the Municipal Waste Association (MWA, formerly the AMRC, see page 6) at MWA’s annual Promotion and Education Awards. This year, the centre’s sustainable garden was recognized by MWA as one of the top three in the Promotional Tool “Other” category. Visitwww.ovwrc.comNOTE:The February/March edition of this magazine will feature an in-depth look at the OVWRC’s award-winning programs.
Lafarge loses legal battle to stop hearing tire proposal
Lafarge has lost its legal battle at the Ontario Court of Appeal to stop an independent hearing from scrutinizing a controversial incineration proposal at its plant west of Kingston, Ontario. A spokesperson for Lafarge said the defeat means that the cement producer will scrap its plans to burn tires as fuel. A coalition of concerned citizens and environmental advocates applauded the decision that will have implications for environmental decision-making across the province. The ruling rejected the company’s attempt to shut down public hearings into the cement manufacturer’s proposal to burn millions of kilograms of tires, plastics, bone meal and other waste in its kiln in Bath, Ontario. The Court of Appeal rejected, without reasons, Lafarge’s attempt to appeal the Divisional Court’s decision of last June, which had dismissed last-ditch efforts by Lafarge to shut down an Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) hearing over the controversial proposal. Visitwww.ecojustice.ca
Republic-Allied deal cleared with conditions
The US Department of Justice announced December 3, 2008 that it has reached a settlement that will require Republic Services Inc. and Allied Waste Industries Inc. to divest commercial waste collection and disposal assets, serving 15 metropolitan areas, in order to proceed with Republic’s proposed $4.5 billion acquisition of Allied. The settlement requires Republic and Allied to divest 87 commercial waste collection routes, nine landfills and 10 transfer stations, together with ancillary assets and, in three cases, access to landfill disposal capacity.
The department said that the transaction, as originally proposed, would have resulted in higher prices for collection of municipal solid waste from commercial businesses or disposal of waste, or both, in these areas.
Glass container industry sets goal
In an announcement that can be read as a veiled endorsement of deposit-refund systems for beverage containers, the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) has agreed to the goal of using at least 50 per cent recycled glass in the manufacture of new glass bottles and jars by 2013. Using the US EPA’s benefits calculator, GPI estimates energy savings from using 50 per cent recycled content in all glass packages manufactured in the U. S. could save enough energy to power over 45,000 households for a year. GPI plans to accelerate support of legislative and regulatory measures that will dramatically improve glass recycling systems in order to reach these environmental goals. In related news, the Aluminum Association similarly pledged to support initiatives to increase collection of its valuable material, recognizing that billions of cans end up in landfill each year. Visitwww.gpi.org
Toronto in-store packaging
This fall the City of Toronto prepared a paper entitled “Proposed Measures to Reduce In-Store Packaging Waste and Litter, Municipal Hazardous and Special Waste and Plastic Water Bottles.” The measures described were intended to reduce 10,000 tonnes of in-store packaging, including hot drink cups, plastic retail shopping bags and single-use plastic food packaging. After negotiations between the city and industry, and separate discussions between Mayor David Miller and the grocers, various compromises were hashed out. The grocers agreed that supermarkets will voluntarily charge customers five cents for plastic shopping bags, unless they bring their own reusable bags. The city agreed to collect polystyrene foam packaging and also plastic grocery bags that it will now allow residents to place in their blue recycling carts. The city would like to divert plastic take-out food containers and has given industry until 2011 to come up with a solution. It will go ahead with ban on the sale of water in plastic bottles in its own buildings.
Quebec brewers announce inventive to recover bottles
The Quebec Brewers Association (QBA) and its members Labatt and Molson breweries, along with their partner, l’Association des dtaillants en alimentation du Qubec (ADAQ) have announced the implementation of an Environmental Incentive Premium that will promote the recuperation of the refillable glass 341 ml standard bottle. This new measure will come into effect on April 1, 2009.
The will be implemented in two phases. First, a premium of $0.10 per metric case (a case of 24 refillable 341 ml standard glass beer bottles) will be paid to all Quebec retailers who hold beer vendor permits up until January 31, 2012. Second, effective February 1, 2012, the premium will increase to $0.24 per metric case. Overall, the implementation of the new incentive premium will entail an annual investment of more than $15 million by Quebec’s large brewers. Visitwww.brasseurs.qc.ca