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Ontario Blue Box recovery rate slips, but paper steady

Ontario Blue Box recovery rate slips, but paper steady

The reported recovery rate of Ontario's residential Blue Box system has fallen to its lowest level since 2005. The draft recovery rates, to be finalised by Stewardship Ontario in December, show a 2016 recovery rate of 62.4%, down 2% on the previous year. This will make the recent "request" by Ontario's minister of environment and climate change for a new Blue Box recovery rate of 75% rather interesting.

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Recycled content must be recognised in setting circular economy targets

Recycled content must be recognised in setting circular economy targets

The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is in the process of considering what it calls specific material "management" targets for Ontario Blue Box re...

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The big “hurry up” on the Blue Box in case the Liberals lose

The big “hurry up” on the Blue Box in case the Liberals lose

When Ontario released the final version of its waste strategy six months ago, dealing with the future financing of the province's popular Blue Box program was at the back...

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Circular Economy or spinning our wheels?

Circular Economy or spinning our wheels?

The Circular Economy (CE to some) has become something of a buzzword of late, just like sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) before it. Good intention...

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China doesn’t want the world’s garbage any more

China doesn’t want the world’s garbage any more

And who can blame them? For years, the world has been shipping all sorts of waste to China for it to be sorted, made into new products, and shipped back to us. Low labour...

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The “humble brown box” just got better!

The “humble brown box” just got better!

We know it mainly as the brown shipping box, although it also comes in various other shapes, sizes and colours. Whatever, the humble corrugated box just got better.

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Paper recycling important but uneven across Canada

Paper recycling important but uneven across Canada

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 Sta...

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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 Stat...

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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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