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May 24, 2018|0

Zero Waste and the City of Vancouver's Single Use Item Reduction Strategy

 While recycling was not mainstream 30 years ago, it has become an accepted business and personal practice.  Thirty years ago, as a passionate recycler one had to plead with others to consider the merits of diverting what was once known as trash into the recycling bin.Today, most municipalities and businesses measure the amount of waste and recycling that is generated.  Waste diversion as a percentage (%) is a common sustainability measure across the globe.Read More

May 4, 2018|0

May 2018 Update on Recycling Markets

 As we have updated in previous months, serious changes in recycling end markets in recent months have led to a significant decline in global recycling commodity prices.   In many cases, customers materials values have been $0 or in some cases a negative value per metric tonne.  Recycling commodities like other globally traded commodities do fluctuate.  Current declines in value for Cardboard and Mixed Paper in particular would be described as significantly lower than historical averages. Read More

May 2, 2018|0

Metro Vancouver Styrofoam Ban coming July 1, 2018

In July 2018, Metro Vancouver is banning Styrofoam or EPS (Expanded Polystyrene Packaging) from local landfills.  Styrofoam will be on the long list of materials banned from landfill.  Garbage loads with over 20% EPS will be subject to a 100% surcharge on the tipping fee.Read More


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