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Paper recycling and organics collection represent almost 70% of Canada’s waste diversion efforts

Paper recycling and organics collection represent almost 70% of Canada’s waste diversion efforts

Paper recycling continues to dominate Canada's waste diversion efforts, representing almost 40% of total material diversion in 2014, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. Organics followed at 30 per cent. The next largest categories, on a weight basis, were metals and construction, renovation, and demolition materials.

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Average recycled content of paper packaging made in Canada slowly edges closer to the 80 per cent mark

Average recycled content of paper packaging made in Canada slowly edges closer to the 80 per cent mark

The national average recycled content of boxes, bags, and cartons made in Canada reached 77% in 2016, according to the industry's latest survey of mill shipments. That's ...

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Prince Edward Islanders and British Columbians are Canada’s “best recyclers”

Prince Edward Islanders and British Columbians are Canada’s “best recyclers”

The people of Prince Edward Island and British Columbia are the "best recyclers" in Canada and "Newfies" and Manitobans the worst, according to PPEC's analysis of the lat...

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Fact and fiction in the fight to deliver your fruit and veggies

Fact and fiction in the fight to deliver your fruit and veggies

Most consumers don't see this but there's an intense battle going on right now in North America for the job of delivering food from the farm to the retailers who sell it ...

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Canada diverting only 27% of its waste

Canada diverting only 27% of its waste

For those promoting a more circular economy where materials are used again and again rather than made, used and dumped, the latest data from Statistics Canada provides a so...

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Canadians are dumping more, and less, at the same time!

Canadians are dumping more, and less, at the same time!

Call us multi-taskers. According to the latest waste disposal data from Statistics Canada , Canadians dumped 25.1 million tonnes of waste in 2014, a million tonnes more tha...

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Retailers can’t duck food safety issues when pushing growers to re-use crates

Retailers can’t duck food safety issues when pushing growers to re-use crates

A third, more extensive testing of plastic crates used to ship fresh produce throughout Canada shows some handling improvements but still found sanitary issues such as hi...

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Nothing is 100% recyclable or 100% compostable

Nothing is 100% recyclable or 100% compostable

Claims for 100% recyclable and 100% compostable seem to be proliferating. Are they accurate? Are they legal? Or are they just another form of greenwash?

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The good, the bad, and the ugly about Ontario’s Blue Box

The good, the bad, and the ugly about Ontario’s Blue Box

The good news is that the reported recovery rates for almost every single material category in Ontario's Blue Box have improved over the last 13 years, some by as much as...

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