Solid Waste & Recycling


  • Vancouver hosts Zero Waste Conference

    October 30, 2019 by SWR Staff

    VANCOUVER – Thought leaders, innovators and global brands will converge on Vancouver over the next two days for the ninth annual Zero Waste Conference, hosted by Metro Vancouver. The 2019 Zero Waste Conference brings change-makers and innovators from different sectors

  • Ontario’s Beer Store dropping plastic bags

    October 29, 2019 by SWR Staff

    TORONTO – The Beer Store will be eliminating single-use plastic bags at all retail locations in January 2020. Many products sold at the Beer Store are already packaged using recyclable materials for easy transport. For customers who require it, the

  • Vancouver to produce RNG at landfill

    October 28, 2019 by SWR Staff

    VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver and FortisBC have received regulatory approval from the British Columbia Utilities Commission to produce Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) at the City’s landfill in Delta. This project aligns with the City’s and FortisBC’s shared commitment

  • TOMRA shoots for 40 percent recycling of plastic packaging

    October 25, 2019 by SWR Staff

    TOMRA has committed to enable 40 percent of plastic packaging produced globally each year to be collected for recycling by 2030. President and CEO Stefan Ranstrand made the announcement at Our Ocean conference held in Oslo on October 24, 2019.

  • Return-It bumps bottle deposit rates in B.C.

    October 24, 2019 by SWR Staff

    BURNABY, B.C. – Encorp Pacific, better known as Return-It, the industry owned, not-for-profit product stewardship organization responsible for beverage container recycling in B.C., will increase deposits for non-alcohol beverage containers up to and including one litre from five cents to

  • Holy Grail 2.0 getting off the ground

    October 22, 2019 by SWR Staff

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Packaging manufacturer Berry Global Group, Inc. is participating in the new recycling initiative, HolyGrail 2.0. It is the result of the pioneering Project HolyGrail, led by Gian De Belder at Proctor & Gamble, which worked on the

  • Plastics report highlights policy options

    October 21, 2019 by SWR Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ocean Conservancy, in partnership with the Trash Free Seas Alliance, has released its new “Plastics Policy Playbook: Strategies for a Plastic-Free Ocean.” Based on desk-side research, in-country workshops and robust financial modeling, the report is an in-depth

  • Quebec residents urged to recycle their electronics

    October 18, 2019 by SWR Staff

    MONTRÉAL – Almost two thirds (62 percent) of Quebecers have end-of-life electronics in their homes. Since significant quantities of raw materials such as palladium, gold, silver, and copper that could be used to make new products are left unused in

  • News Packaging

    Sustainable protective packaging competition opens

    October 17, 2019 by SWR Staff

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) has launched a Protective Packaging Design Challenge, an open competition for innovators, entrepreneurs, and start-ups to submit new ideas for sustainable protective packaging solutions. Protective packaging is critical to protecting products during

  • Joint venture to produce bio-based acrylic acid

    October 16, 2019 by SWR Staff

    CHICAGO – Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) and LG Chem are going to jointly develop biobased acrylic acid, a foundational element required in the manufacture of superabsorbent polymers (SAP) used in a range of hygiene products, including diapers. ADM and