Posts Tagged ‘Ontario’

Automotive Industry Stewardship Plan for Ontario out for Consultation

Posted by GlobalPSC at 2:39 pm, February 29th, 2016Comments1

Automotive Materials Stewardship Inc., representing the Canadian automotive sector, has submitted an automotive materials Industry Stewardship Plan (ISP) for Waste Diversion Ontario’s (WDO) approval under the Waste Diversion Act and WDO’s procedures for ISPs.

The ISP applies to the following designated materials:

  • Antifreeze, and the containers in which they are contained
  • Oil filters – after they have been used for their intended purpose
  • Containers that have a capacity of 30 litres or less and that were manufactured and used for the purpose of containing lubricating oil

For further information, including details of the consultation process, contact WDO.

 

CleanFARMS Expands Programming to Seed and Pesticide Bags

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:26 am, October 28th, 2015Comments1

Canada’s leading agricultural stewardship organization, CleanFARMS, is expanding its stewardship programming. Starting in 2016, Eastern Canadian farmers will have access to a seed and pesticide bag collection program that will help keep these bags out of municipal landfills.

This program draws its roots in the Maritimes where farmers, ag-retailers and stewards have been working together to collect and safely dispose of empty pesticide bags since 2006. The program then moved west to Ontario and Quebec where it was offered on a pilot basis in select regions from 2012 – 2015.

The program will collect both small pesticide and seed bags (typically under 30 kilograms) and bigger bulk bags. The small bags are generally made of multi-walled paper though some manufacturers are using other materials such as plastic and plastic laminates. Most bulk bags (mainly 500 kg and 1000 kg) bags are made of woven poly-propylene plastic.

Empty bags will be accepted back at the point of purchase which gives farmers easily accessible collection points. They are then disposed of through waste to energy incineration facilities. As the program grows, CleanFARMS hopes to move higher up on the 3Rs hierarchy by recycling of the bags. The key to recycling some of these bags will be to ensure a consistent and adequate supply of the bags.

CleanFARMS and its predecessor CropLife Canada, on behalf of the agricultural industry, have been operating extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs for over 25 years. This new program shows that the agricultural industry embraces EPR and incorporates the practice as normal business practice.

In 2014, 197,000 bags were collected through the program. This is in addition to the 4.5 million containers that came through CleanFARMS’ award-winning empty pesticide and fertilizer container recycling program. To round off 2014, 224,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides and 5,000 kilograms of obsolete livestock medication were collected and safely destroyed.

CleanFARMS now joins agricultural stewardship organizations around the world offering EPR programs on a voluntary basis with results rivalling most regulated programs.

Visit here for more information.

Photo supplied by CleanFARMS.

 

Call2Recycle 2014 Annual Report

Posted by GlobalPSC at 4:20 pm, May 21st, 2015Comments1

20th Anniversary Badge

Call2Recycle®, North America’s most successful battery collection program, has released its 2014 Annual Report. Call2Recycle attributes their 20 years of growth directly back to the investment of time, money and ideas by their stewards, partners and stakeholders. Two historic milestones are noted for 2014: cumulative battery collections of 100 million pounds (45 million kilograms) and 18 years of year-over-year increases in the volume of batteries collected. Other highlights include:

  • In 2014, Call2Recycle diverted nearly 12 million pounds (5.4 million kilograms) of batteries and cellphones from landfills
  • Battery collections in California topped more than 1 million pounds (454,000 kilograms) for the 3rd straight year
  • Collections in Canada reached over 2.2 million kilograms (4.4 million pounds) of batteries collected, and the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec recorded double-digit collection growth

 

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA)

Posted by GlobalPSC at 6:13 pm, July 11th, 2014Comments7

 

Created in 2011 by Canada’s electronics industry, the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) is a national, voluntary, not-for-profit environmental compliance program dedicated to upholding high standards for the recycling of end-of-life electronics and providing secure, convenient recycling options throughout participating regions. EPRA currently operates provincially-approved and regulatory compliant electronics stewardship programs in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

EPRA enables businesses and consumers to responsibly manage their end-of-life electronics, and assists obligated stewards in achieving regulatory compliance. EPRA programs are funded by an Environmental Handling Fee (EHF) on the sale of new obligated products to cover 100% of the costs of responsible recycling. Currently there are over 6,400 program stewards registered in EPRA programs across the country with over 1,450 permanent collection sites available to the public, and over 65 qualified recyclers responsibly processing EPRA e-waste. EPRA programs have safely processed close to 450,000 metric tonnes of end-of-life electronics since their programs began.

EPRA is committed to ensuring responsible recycling of end-of-life electronics collected by the EPRA programs through adherence to the Recycler Qualification Program (RQP), an open standard and comprehensive process that ensures products and resulting materials are handled in an environmentally sound and socially acceptable manner that protects the environment and safeguards worker health and safety. EPRA’s Director of Harmonisation, Jay Illingworth, serves as a member of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group.

Click below to watch the EPRA video on “What happens to end-of-life electronics.”

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Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES), powered by EPRA

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:39 pm, April 5th, 2014Comments0

The Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) is the national organization tasked with promoting and managing end-of-life electronics recycling in Canada.

EPRA is an industry-led, voluntary, not-for-profit, environmental compliance program dedicated to responsible recycling of end-of-life electronics and providing secure, convenient recycling options in the provinces in which it operates.

EPRA is currently operating regulated programs in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador. EPRA is also the service provider to the OES program in Ontario.

Electronic Products Stewardship Association (EPRA)

Posted by GlobalPSC at 5:58 pm, April 2nd, 2014Comments0

The Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) is the national organization tasked with promoting and managing end-of-life electronics recycling in Canada.

EPRA is an industry-led, voluntary, not-for-profit, environmental compliance program dedicated to responsible recycling of end-of-life electronics and providing secure, convenient recycling options in the provinces in which it operates.

EPRA is currently operating regulated programs in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador. EPRA is also the service provider to the OES program in Ontario.

Emerging Global EPR Best Practices for Packaging

Posted by GlobalPSC at 4:58 pm, March 31st, 2014Comments1

A new study of 11 international extended producer responsibility (EPR) and product stewardship programs for packaging and printed paper (PPP) has preliminarily identified a series of emerging global best practices to help optimize and harmonize solutions for managing packaging waste.

The report was led by the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) in association with PAC NEXT to help industry and government work together to find ways to reduce cost and regulatory complexity in existing and potential EPR programs for PPP.

“The preliminary findings of our research underscore what we at PSI have always believed: that, within the context of product stewardship, the most successful materials management programs often incorporate a combination of legislative and voluntary strategies,” said Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer of PSI and a member of the GlobalPSC Executive Committee. “The program summaries provided in this report offer a wealth of data for government agencies and industry groups around the world to evaluate, and we look forward to using this information as a springboard for critical stakeholder dialogues.”

The report examines EPR programs in Canada (Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, and British Columbia); Europe (Belgium, France, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom); and Australia. Based on an initial assessment of the data collected on these programs, PAC NEXT and PSI concluded that “the following attributes, when present together, can constitute a high performing EPR program:

  • The program covers residential, public, as well as industrial, commercial and institutional (IC+I) sources;
  • The program covers all material types (including printed paper);
  • The cost per ton is low;
  • Collection and recycling rates are high;
  • The value and quality of materials are high;
  • The program is convenient for residents and others;
  • Producers take full responsibility for post-consumer packaging management”.

“What this report has allowed us to do is develop an understanding of how EPR programs for packaging around the world operate – what they share in common, what they do different, what works, what could use some improvement,” said Jennifer Holliday, president of PSI’s board of directors. “It is our hope that these findings enable industry and government to collaborate on ways to harmonize packaging waste solutions.”

Also based on the data, PSI and PAC NEXT identified the following policies as “complementary to EPR, playing an important role in increasing the performance of packaging collection and recycling systems:

  • Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) programs;
  • Mandatory recycling requirements;
  • Landfill bans for recyclable materials; and
  • Container deposit programs”.

The GlobalPSC provided program analysis in support of the study.

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance

Posted by GlobalPSC at 4:23 am, February 20th, 2014Comments4

Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance Inc. (CSSA) is a national, non-profit steward-founded and -owned organization. CSSA represents the recycling interests of Canadian businesses, while working on their behalf to create convenient and environmentally sustainable ways for consumers to dispose of the packaging and printed paper business creates.

For businesses that participate in recycling programs across Canada, CSSA makes it easy and seamless for them to meet their stewardship obligations by providing a harmonized approach to stewardship under a single administrative umbrella. CSSA offers a one-stop-shop for packaging and printed paper stewards to fulfill all of their stewardship obligations, doing away with costly replication province-by-province.

The programs CSSA provides management services for are either fully or partially funded by industry and includes packaging and printed paper recycling programs in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, and also includes Ontario’s Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Program.

On behalf of its stewards, and in the interest of consumers, CSSA is working to advance more comprehensive recycling systems that meet the needs and desires of consumers to recycle more and stay at the top of their recycling game.

For more information visit here.

 

Ontario Seeks Input on Future Direction for WEEE/E-scrap

Posted by GlobalPSC at 5:20 pm, January 15th, 2014Comments1

Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) has reported in a recent program update  that the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program operated by Ontario Electronic Stewardship has collected more than 230,000 tonnes of WEEE since the program began in April 2009. WDO is seeking input on key areas identified for improvement by stakeholders, including targets and metrics; harmonization; recycling standards; the WEEE market outside of the program; program communications; and reuse.

New GlobalPSC Member – Kelleher Environmental

Posted by GlobalPSC at 8:01 am, April 17th, 2012Comments1

We are pleased to announce the latest member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, Kelleher Environmental.

Kelleher Environmental is an environmental consulting company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada which specializes in four areas:
•    environmental research and policy development,
•    waste diversion policy development, planning, implementation and evaluation
•    energy conservation, climate change and green energy,
•    consultation workshop design and facilitation.

The company was founded by Maria Kelleher in 2002. Ms Kelleher has been involved in environmental and waste management projects in Canada and internationally since the early 1980’s, and received the 2007 Waste Management Professional of the Year award from MWIN (Municipal Waste Integration Network).

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