Solid Waste & Recycling


Waste Initiatives across Canada (February 01, 2011)

Alberta tire program expandsAlberta Environment and Alberta Recycling announced that the tire recycling program in the province will be expanded to include a disposal surcharge for industrial and off-road tires. Industrial/off-road tires are...

Alberta tire program expands
Alberta Environment and Alberta Recycling announced that the tire recycling program in the province will be expanded to include a disposal surcharge for industrial and off-road tires. Industrial/off-road tires are tires that are used on industrial non-agricultural vehicles or industrial non-agricultural equipment and that are not licenced for highway use. Such tires include those used on excavators, haulers, and loaders, as well as on equipment used in logging and materials handling.
The applicable surcharges will be based on tire size. Small tires with a rim size of up to 24 inches will have an associated surcharge of $40 per tire. Medium tires with a rim size greater than 24 inches but not greater than 33 inches will have a surcharge of $100 per tire. Large tires with a rim size greater than 33 inches will have an associated surcharge of $200 per tire.
These changes will be made effective by amending Schedule 6 of the Tire Designation Regulation under Alberta’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and will come into force on April 1, 2011. There will be no increase in the applicable surcharges for tires on cars, pickup trucks, and other light-duty vehicles.
RCO developing certification criteria
The Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) is conducting public consultation with respect to the development of certification criteria for its “3RCertified Program.” The program is expected to be launched in the second quarter of 2011 and is intended to provide public recognition to businesses and organizations for accomplishments in waste diversion.
The RCO is developing performance criteria against which to measure businesses and determine qualification for certification. Those businesses that achieve “3RCertified” status will receive a third party verification of their waste management system, and be entitled to use and reference the 3RCertified brand. The brand will signify that the business has made significant achievements in managing and diverting solid waste, and that it is compliant with regulations relating to reduction, reuse and recycling in Ontario.
The benefits of obtaining 3RCertified status include: enhanced public image and positive recognition; confirmation of compliance with certain regulatory requirements; receipt of third party verification of solid waste management programs and ongoing performance improvement; use of standardized tools for tracking, measuring and preventing solid waste disposal; and, cost savings achieved through reduction of material use.
Manitoba agricultural waste
The federal government and the Province of Manitoba are providing a grant of $25,000 to an organization to investigate better ways to collect and responsibly manage agricultural waste generated on farms in the province. The organization, CleanFARMS, has been mandated to conduct research to identify the types and quantities of waste, paper, plastic and other materials that are generated by farmers so that options can be developed to manage these materials. The objective is to establish a system to manage collection and recycling of agricultural waste. CleanFARMS currently operates an empty pesticide container recycling program.
The Manitoba Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives provided $15,000, and Manitoba Conservation contributed the remaining $10,000. The research is intended to find alternatives to the current practice of farmers of either burning or sending materials that are readily recyclable to landfills. The research is expected to be completed by mid-2011.
Newfoundland and Labrador waste paint
Recent amendments to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Waste Management Regulations under the Environmental Protection Act are intended to permit paint producers to play the lead role in managing end-of-life treatment of products through a new recycling program.
Paint producers will be required to register with the Multi-Material Stewardship Board and submit a plan to develop, finance and manage the collection and recycling of their products, either independently or through a non-government, industry-appointed stewardship organization. The Multi-Material Stewardship Board is responsible for approving the plans and for ensuring compliance with the timelines, requirements and targets.
Paint producers will collect and recycle paint products when they reach of the end of their useful life, and are required to ensure appropriate geographic coverage for all consumers. Paint producers must also be able to demonstrate that the waste paint is being recycled in an approved legal manner and provide updates regarding the manner in which products are being designed to be more environmentally sustainable.
Lead in some reusable bags
Reusable bags are considered an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bags. But some reusable bags are presenting a different issue. There are several companies that have voluntarily withdrawn their reusable bags on the basis of lead being present in the bags. Lululemon Athletica announced a voluntary withdrawal of certain reusable bags from their stores due to lead content. Sears Canada also issued a voluntary safety recall of their reusable shopping bags on the basis that testing revealed that the level of lead did not meet standards required by Sears.
Rosalind Cooper, LL.B., is a partner with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, with offices across Canada. Ms. Cooper is based in Toronto, Ontario. Contact Rosalind at

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