York Region has announced short list of sites for a waste-to-energy plant. Five sites have been short listed: one in East Gwillimbury (in York Region) and four in Clarington (in Durham Region). After public consultations, one of the potential sites may eventually be chosen to handle the region’s post-recycling, post-composting residue garbage. In April 2006, thermal treatment with energy recovery was recommended by the region’s consultants as a way to deal with the trash left over after blue and green box diversion programs.
Electronics recyclers across Canada will be interested in an offer from the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI) to expand its organization to represent their needs and interests. The advent of far-reaching recycling regulations at both the provincial and federal levels offers both opportunity and complexity to those recycling e-waste. The concept and framework for this approach will be presented during a conference to be held on May 3, 2007 in Barrie, Ontario. The meeting will be held in conjunction with Electronics Product Stewardship Canada (EPSC) and the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) and will include interactive discussions on materials markets, industry-led qualifications and operating standards, a complete regulatory update and tours of two major electronic scrap processing operations located in Barrie; MaSeR Canada and GEEP.
Note: CARI Executive Director Len Shaw’s article on preventing scrap metal theft appears on page 36 of this edition.
Environment Canada calls for more battery recycling
On April 5 Environment Canada released the Canadian Consumer Battery Baseline Study, which, according to its news release, reveals that the annual number of consumer batteries discarded is increasing dramatically, releasing a growing amount of dangerous substances into land and water.
“We are concerned that large amounts of products containing toxic substances are thrown out in our landfills every day,” said the Honorable John Baird, Minister of the Environment. “The results of this study will help Environment Canada challenge the battery industry to improve the recovery and recycling of batteries.”
The study provides the first national estimates of the amount of heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium and lead that are potentially released into the environment through the disposal of batteries. As part of the Chemicals Management Plan launched last December 2006, Canada’s new government is committed to reducing releases of chemical substances that pose a risk to human health and the environment. Regulations or other measures to manage the risks associated with products containing toxic substances, including batteries which contain mercury, are also being considered. Environment Canada will continue to work with provinces and territories to share information and best practices to assist in their recycling and waste reduction efforts.
For more information on this study and the recycling of batteries, please visit Environment Canada’s website atwww.ec.gc.ca/nopp/docs/rpt/batteryor call the toll free line at 1-800-668-6767.
Kenworth wins award for alternative fuel trucks
Kenworth Truck Company received the prestigious 2007 Industry Innovation Award for alternative fuel trucks at the Alternative Fuels & Vehicle National Conference and Expo held last week in Anaheim, California. The award was presented by the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute and honors companies that collaboratively identify solutions to help overcome obstacles to clean transportation alternatives. Kenworth received the alternative fuel industry’s top innovation award for the Kenworth T800 liquefied natural gas (LNG) truck shown at the conference. Kenworth shares the award with its Southern California dealer Inland Kenworth, Clean Energy and Westport Innovations.
Kenworth’s current environmental efforts also include the new Kenworth Clean Power no-idle system, which enters into production this summer, and the new Kenworth T270 Class 6 hybrid truck which was displayed at the conference. “Customers and regional authorities are looking for fuel-efficient, environmental-friendly solutions. Kenworth Clean Power and the Kenworth medium duty hybrid vehicle also offer the benefits of reduced fuel use as well as the civic impact of responsible environmental practices,” said Bob Christensen, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president.
The Composting Council of Canada (CCC) has launched its 6th Annual Great Pumpkin Growing Contest. It’s time to grow giant pumpkins! Participants will join an enthusiastic and growing crowd of composters whose objective is to Grow ‘Em Big with Compost! The heaviest pumpkin at the time of weigh-in will be this year’s national champion of the pumpkin patch. The winner will receive bragging rights as well as $500 to donate to a horticultural initiative in their area, plus a complementary registration to the CC’s national conference in 2008. In addition to the rules and regulations, the sign-up kit provides an excellent source of websites to learn about the fine art of pumpkin growing and the opportunity to win a a package of World Champion Howard Dill’s Atlantic Giant pumpkin seeds.
Weigh-in is scheduled for Friday, September 28th, 2007. Each participant must phone in their results to The Council’s office (1-877-571-GROW) followed by a fax report and photo, signed by a local municipal official or horticultural group for verification.
Cascades has launched “Bioxo” — the first product line of containers made from totally oxo-degradable polystyrene foam. Manufactured by Cascades, Bioxo containers are specifically designed to degrade within three years, unlike traditional polystyrene foam containers which require several hundred years to degrade. Bioxo containers will take up considerably less space in landfill sites.
Every year, Cascades produces several hundred million food containers, making it one of the leaders in the industry. Cascades soon hopes to announce the conclusion of Bioxo sales to important firms operating in the agri-food and restaurant industries.
Bioxo is the result of the addition of TDPA (Totally Degradable Plastic Additives), developed by the Canadian firm EPI, of Vancouver. Mixed with the base resin, the TDPA additive gives the polystyrene foam special degradation properties without compromising the performance of the packaging products. After use, when the product is discarded in a landfill site, it begins to undergo oxidative degradation much faster than traditional plastic products. Oxygen, together with heat, UV radiation or mechanical stress transforms the polystyrene foam with its TDPA additive into a fine powder, which bacteria and other micro-organisms can digest.
Contact Hubert Bolduc, Vice President, Communication and Public Affairs, Cascades Inc. at 514-282-2600.
Automated glass bottle inventor honored
The National Inventors Hall of Fame has announced that 41 inventors will be inducted into the 2007 hall of fame. Among those are Michael J. Owens and his revolutionary invention — the automatic glass bottle-making machine.
Owens’ success came in 1903. That’s when he made the first automatic glass bottle-making machine that could create bottles so quickly and cheaply it facilitated the grow
th of numerous industries that bottled everything from food and beverages to household chemicals. This invention made glass a commodity instead of a luxury. It also helped to eliminate child labor, which was rampant in the early glassblowing days. His work also made it possible for thousands of jobs to be created – jobs that are still in existence today.
On April 12, Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) announced the opening of NanoFuel Solutions. The NanoFuel process is the most recent addition of equipment that will assist GEEP in achieving its zero landfill disposal objective. Through the process, all non-usable co-mingled plastics derived from processing electronic waste (e.g., cable insulation) can be turned into diesel fuel (oil). GEEP is establishing joint ventures to create a global network, all with similar technologies, all connected to the GEEP headquarters in Barrie, Ontario. GEEP’s head office is responsible for all research and development prior to the introduction of new technology into all other GEEP sites.