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City procurement of dried bio-solids disposal

City of Brockville / Council Notice & Agenda / 9 February 2021

7.  SR2021-17  Sole Source Procurement of Dried Bio-solids Disposal – WPCC

THAT Report SR2021-17 Sole Source Procurement of Dried Bio-Solids Disposal – WPCC be received; and

THAT the procurement of services from Terrapure Organic Solutions (Formerly Third High Farms Ltd.) in Iroquois Ontario, for the disposal of the dried bio-solids produced at the City’s Water Pollution Control Centre (WPCC) be authorized.

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Couple eyes composting program for Gananoque

Recorder & Times / Heddy Sorour / 2 February 2021

The town of Gananoque does not currently have a municipal composting program. One young entrepreneur is proposing to change that deficit.

Tikvah Mindorff is a Gananoque resident who would like to open up a composting business in partnership with the town.

“The program would run according to the same recycling schedule in town, and there would be a membership initiation fee, in order to provide a curbside green bin and smaller kitchen caddy and fridge magnet explaining what can and can’t go into the bins,” said Mindorff.

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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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