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From Accra to Brockville, for the good of the planet

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 14 August 2020

At the Gord Watts Municipal Centre, on a sweltering Thursday afternoon, Nana Adjei heads from the main building to the compost site – by bicycle.

It’s a sign of his passion for the environment, and the little things all of us can do to help it heal.

That passion has taken the city’s newest solid waste supervisor and compost manager across an ocean into unfamiliar territory, all in an effort to learn more about environmental action and, he hopes, to help make things better in his native country.

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AMO – Blue box transition to full producer responsibility

Brockville City Council / May 26 Agenda

SR2020-86

WHEREAS the amount of single-use plastics leaking into our lakes, rivers, waterways is a growing area of public concern;

WHEREAS reducing the waste we generate and reincorporating valuable resources from our waste stream into new goods can reduce GHGs significantly;

WHEREAS the transition to full producer responsibility for packaging, paper and paper products is a critical to reducing waste, improving recycling and driving better economic and environmental outcomes;

WHEREAS the move to a circular economy is a global movement, and that the transition of Blue Box programs would go a long way toward this outcome;

WHEREAS the City of Brockville is supportive of a timely, seamless and successful transition of Blue Box programs to full financial and operational responsibility by producers of packaging, paper and paper products;

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Single-use plastic ban coming in 2021

CBC News / Mia Rabson / 30 January 2020

A national ban on many single-use plastics is on track for next year after a government report concluded Thursday that there is more than enough evidence proving plastic pollution is harmful, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said.

“We will be moving towards a ban on harmful single-use plastics and we will be doing that in 2021,” said Wilkinson.

The federal Liberals promised last June they’d seek to ban plastic versions of a number of products, such as straws, take-out containers and grocery bags. The ban would happen under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which requires a scientific assessment of the problem first.

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Cities can’t be left holding bag for recycling crisis

Montreal Gazette / Allison Hanes / 20 January 2020

For more than 25 years now, the vast majority of the recycling collected by municipalities in Canada, the United States and Europe was shipped to China. As programs adopted a “single-stream” so citizens could toss everything together without having to sort plastic, glass and paper themselves, the different materials started to contaminate each other. As our reliance on disposable containers like coffee cups and water bottles grew, we essentially off-loaded the consequences of mass consumerism on China.

But China got fed up and announced a sweeping ban on recycling imports, sending the markets for milk cartons and yogurt tubs into a nosedive, and leaving cities with mounting piles of rubbish.

That, in a nutshell, is how we got to the point where municipal programs are collapsing, companies are folding, and the stuff citizens toss in the recycling bin in good faith is ending up in the landfill.

There’s no doubt it’s a crisis. But as [Montreal mayor Valérie] Plante said, it’s also an “incredible opportunity” to remake how we deal with waste from the ground up.

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Plastic bottle recycling needs deposit incentive

The London Free Press / Robin Baranyai / 23 November 2018

Two years ago, the World Economic Forum made a frightening prediction: By 2050, there could be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish.

Staggeringly, these projected rates of consumption are calculated by weight. One of the reasons plastic packaging is so popular is its lightness. Yet each year, on average, eight million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean.

It doesn’t disappear or decompose; it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller shards, until it looks a lot like fish food.

It’s also choking lakes. Plastic waste in the Great Lakes has been found in concentrations comparable to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, as high as 6.7 million pieces per square kilometre.

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Recycling operation, BBL Energy, turns plastics to diesel, gas

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 18 October 2018

An Ontario company has chosen Johnstown to become the first North American site of a recycling operation that uses a unique technology to turn plastics into light diesel oil and natural gas.

Grant Lawson, president of BBL Energy Inc., said the company will take such “dirty” plastic waste as water bottles, food containers like margarine tubs, plastic bags, hospital waste, straws and industrial drums. This plastic is now plugging up landfills because it can’t be recycled.

The company’s same machines also can transform tires and used oil into energy, he said.

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The Transition Framework

The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

— Chris Rhodes, Resource Insights (03 June 2013)
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