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Don’t buy new, fix the old: The repair business is booming

CBC News / Dianne Buckner / 03 March 2020

The Repair Café holds monthly gatherings, where not only small appliances and other household goods get fixed, but also clothing that needs patches or mending.

When the Repair Café started seven years ago in Canada, there was only one chapter, in Calgary. Now Cheng says there are 47 similar Café organizations in cities across the country providing the same type of services — free. More are coming; Cheng says she’s been getting calls from community groups who want help to set up their own, local repair group.

The cost of replacement has always been a motivation to have things repaired, but nowadays Cheng says climate and waste concerns are driving a surge in interest, particularly with young people.

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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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Sustainable Shift: Ignite Printing

Transition Brockville / 20 January 2020

Owners Tim and Jennifer Winter started their printing business in 2015 from their home, then moved to Perth Street, and a year and a half ago moved to the Towne Centre Plaza on Ormond Street, in the former UPS store. They asked that anything not taken by the former occupant be left so they could re-use as much as possible.

They kept the UPS countertops. Tim, “a huge recycler,” according to Jenn, used wood from UPS shelving to build a large work table, and repaired a paper folder. To furnish the office (desks, cabinets, chairs) they went to Habitat for Humanity and other used furnishing places, and found sources of used office supplies.

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McDonald’s still rejects reusable mugs — but promises change

CBC News / Sophia Harris / 15 January 2020

McDonald’s Canada plans to change its general policy of rejecting reusable mugs, a practice that has angered customers for years.

On Tuesday, the restaurant chain told CBC News that it hopes to have a new national policy in place by the end of February, which will allow customers to be served coffee or tea in their personal mug instead of a disposable cup.

“We listen to our guests, and we know this is an area of growing importance to Canadians,” said spokesperson Ryma Boussoufa in an email.

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Make Your Own Laundry Soap redux

Transition Brockville / 10 January 2020

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