Bottled water ban first in Canada
By fall 2009, the University of Winnipeg expects to be bottled-water-free. In the highest voter turnout in years, three quarters of students voted to eliminate the sale of bottled water on campus. Instead, the university plans to fund upgrades to water infrastructure on campus, including the installation of water fountains in prominent areas in three new facilities.
The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association also voted to stop buying and providing bottled water at student-led events and meetings. So far, 31 universities and colleges have established over 50 bottled-water-free zones. The University of Winnipeg is the first university in Canada to implement a campus-wide ban. For more news like this, subscribe to our
CWMA conference dates
The Coast Waste Management Association (CWMA) is pleased to announce “Rebuilding from the Waste Up,” the theme for this year’s conference to be held at the Westin Bear Mountain, Langford, BC, from October 21-23, 2009. The conference committee is busy putting together an extensive program of presenters and tours for delegates that will surpass last year’s event. As in previous years, there will be plenty of networking opportunities over the three day event. Please mark your calendars now and plan on attending this event.
Website to discourage incineration projects
A cancer prevention group has launched a new website to inform Canadians about the carcinogenic agents emitted by incinerators. Prevent Cancer Now (PCN) is hoping the website will educate and inspire Canadians to dissuade municipalities from adopting “energy-from-waste” incineration technologies as a way of managing household waste.
“Neither the politicians singing the praises of incineration, nor the consultants hired to lobby for or obtain approvals, are giving the public the information they need to assess the full impacts of incineration projects,” said Linda Gasser, PCN’s Incineration Campaign Coordinator.
New incineration projects, also called gasification or pyrolysis, are currently being considered in Metro Vancouver, Red Deer, Ottawa, and the Southern Ontario regions of Durham and Port Hope. PCN is renewing its call on the federal government to phase-out and eliminate all known or suspected carcinogens in manufacturing and industrial processes, food production and consumer products. Visit http://preventcancernow.ca/main/issues-actions/stop-incineration
Glass recycling in Edmonton
Greys Recycling Ltd. is pleased to announce the commencement of waste glass recycling at its newest facility at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence at Clover Bar, Edmonton. Greys will accept all types of glass (clear, colored, mixed), however, the glass has to be free of hazardous material / radioactive coatings or material. All waste glass needs to be sorted and cannot be commingled with other waste streams. A tipping fee of approximately $47 per ton will be collected at the scales of the Edmonton Waste Management Centre.
Contact Heidi at 780-454-7397 x301.
Newfoundland incinerator closure update
An incinerator that served 2,600 residents in Newfoundland and Labrador (N. L.) has shut its doors.
The Winterton incinerator, which burned approximately 1,800 tonnes of waste per year, is the latest in a string of incinerator decommissionings across the province. Since January 2004, a Canada-wide Standard for Dioxins and Furans from Conical Waste Incinerators has committed to phasing out the facilities. For some municipalities who said they could not reach the December 31, 2008 deadline, the government extended the date to June 2009. So far, the province has shut down 29 of its incinerators with 23 left to close.
“Every time an incinerator closes, it advances the strategy on the Greater Avalon,” said Ken Kelly, chair of the Greater Avalon Waste Management Committee.
As part of the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy, the province has reduced open burning on the Greater Avalon. The strategy calls for full-service regional waste management facilities in Avalon and Central and Western N. L. The Department of Municipal Affairs provided $70,000 to shut down the Winterton incinerator.
Ontario e-waste recycling program
Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) has launched a program to divert 160,000 additional tonnes of electronics waste (e-waste) over the next five years. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) program includes a network of collection sites for consumers and businesses to drop off unwanted electronics. The electronics will be recycled according to North American environmental standards.
The OES WEEE program handles fax machines and televisions as well as desktop and laptop computers, including monitors, desktop printers, mice, keyboards, and disk drives. Eventually, the program will expand to include cell phones, cameras and other electronics. Funding for the program comes entirely from fees paid by electronics’ brand owners, first importers in Ontario, and assemblers of the products designated in the first phase.
Although 25,000 tonnes of electronics in Ontario are collected annually through public and private sector programs, OES Executive Director Carol Hochu said that too much e-waste still winds up in the garbage or shipped off to countries with unsafe health and environmental standards. Visit www.ontarioelectronicstewardship.ca