Solid Waste & Recycling


News & Views (October 01, 2003)

NWT WASTE ACTMinister of Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development Jim Antoine introduced new waste management legislation for the Northwest Territories this summer. The proposed Waste Reduction an...


Minister of Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development Jim Antoine introduced new waste management legislation for the Northwest Territories this summer. The proposed Waste Reduction and Recovery Act, developed in consultation with industry, environmental organizations and the public will, through the development of regulations, allow the government to establish programs to recover, recycle and reuse waste materials in NWT communities. It will also allow the government to designate materials for recovery, collect deposits and provide refunds on materials such as beverage containers. The new legislation will allow for the establishment of an Environment Fund to finance recovery, reuse and recycling programs and to enforce recovery.

“This legislation is designed to be flexible enough to allow recovery of different kinds of materials over time,” said Minister Antoine. “Research and experience in other parts of Canada show more jobs can be associated with recovery programs than with putting garbage in landfills.”

Contact Bob McLeod at 867-920-8048


Recyc-Quebec, the provincial materials recovery and recycling agency, has launched two new networks to increase the recovery and recycling rates for textiles and paper or cardboard. Of the 10,000 tonnes of textiles produced in the province annually, just about 37,000 tonnes are recovered. The main issue associated with disposal of this material is diminishing landfill capacity, since synthetic textiles (which make up 80 per cent of those destined for disposal) are not biodegradable. In addition, the province recovers about 900,000 tonnes per year of paper and cardboard, but it’s estimated that more than 1.5 million tonnes still end up in landfill.

This fall the new networks — which include representatives from the environment ministry, paper and cardboard producers, building managers, industry associations and retailers — will prepare a status report on recovery and recycling challenges. The report is expected to focus on how to ensure high quality recycled end products, and to develop and consolidate new markets for the types of materials that are more difficult to recycle. The first meeting about paperboard waste took place in September and the first meeting about textile waste is scheduled for November 26.

Contact Mario Laquerre at 514-352-5002


Toronto public works officials are so pleased with the results of pilot programs in Scarborough this summer and Etobicoke last year that they will roll out organic waste recycling programs to rest of the city next year. Waist-high “green bins” are used to collect everything from organic kitchen waste to dirty diapers.

According to Richard Butts, the city’s director of solid-waste management, organic recycling through weekly collection from 185,000 residences in the two areas has already reduced the number of truckloads of waste Toronto will have to send to Michigan this year by 1,400. Participation is above 90 per cent, but there’s still a “yuck” factor regarding odors and pests (i.e., maggots, etc.); administrators say that with further education this will decrease over time.

Participating households receive both a larger curbside green bin and a smaller indoor kitchen bin, along with an information package prior to start-up.

For further information, call 416-338-2010

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