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Fighting media ignorance (battle # 5,041)

Fighting media ignorance (battle # 5,041)

Yes, we know that packaging is evil and that it should be legislated out of existence. But sometimes those ignorant throw-away lines about packaging waste really do rankle and must be corrected. Case in point: a recent article by Eric Reguly in the Globe and Mail newspaper.

In his beef with Amazon Prime's home-delivery service, Reguly ignorantly sideswipes the humble corrugated box that delivers the goods (Beyond Zuckerberg, it's time to hold Bezos to account, too).

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The future of retail and e-commerce

The future of retail and e-commerce

The Canadian retail industry is undergoing massive change, shedding bricks and mortar for the new exciting world of e-commerce. In the driver's seat are consumers. Click ...

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Will plastics problem spur the eventual return of deposits to Ontario?

Will plastics problem spur the eventual return of deposits to Ontario?

I love fish. Plastic not so much. This puts me in good company, it seems, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who recently told the World Economic Forum that the "plastic...

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Packaging stewards should be rewarded for using recycled content

Packaging stewards should be rewarded for using recycled content

Recycled content is central to the "Circular Economy" approach that Ontario and some other provinces say they want to adopt. It keeps raw materials flowing through the ec...

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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 On...

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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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