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Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Health, International, Society

Ban the butts, girl launches anti-cigarette butt campaign

Perhaps inspired in part by Swedish 16-year-old Greta Thunberg’s campaign against global warming, but certainly in the same environmental spirit, a young British Columbia girl has launched her own campaign. It’s to stop people from casually flicking non-biodegradable cigarette butts »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Toronto: Garbage to fuel garbage trucks

Toronto, Canada’s biggest city, creates vast amounts of waste. Vast tonnes of that is food and organic waste. While this traditionally has gone into the ever increasing mountains of landfill waste, a new plan is to use some of that »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Health, International, Politics, Society

Garbage war: Canada’s plan rejected

Philippines-Canada dispute adds another chapter For years Canada’s Liberal government has promised to deal with dozens of shipping containers filled with garbage that were shipped to the Philippines. Originally labelled as recyclable plastics, some 103 containers were sent to the »

International

Canada hires firm to bring trash home from Philippines

Canada has awarded a contract to a company to remove by the end of June 69 containers of Canadian trash that have been sitting in the Philippines for almost six years. The trash was improperly labelled as plastics for recycling »

Filipino environmental activists wear a surprisingly realistic representation of a shipping container of garbage iner van filled with garbage to protest the cargo containers of garbage that were shipped from Canada to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014 (Aaron Favila/Associated Press)

Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics

Garbage wars- Philippines to Canada- take it back or else

The story begins in 2013. An Ontario company began sending shipping containers to Manila labelled as being filled with “recyclable plastic”. In fact, they’re filled with garbage. This week President Rodrigo Duterte said he will declare “war” if Canada doesn’t »

Society

Garbage Hill: the prank people want to come back

Mystery sign came and went-but may come again In Winnipeg everyone knows about the large park-like covered mound in the middle of the city. It’s a popular spot for walkers, joggers, cyclists and dog owners. The hill was in fact »

Environment & Animal Life, Health

Eating like a human results in obese raccoons

Seems that city raccoons are living the human life-too much. In an urban setting there’s often a lot of household and fast food waste that makes a handy meal for the bold urban omnivores. All that human junk food also »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics, Society

Plastic bags be gone!

Montreal ban in effect Montreal had banned thin and single use plastic bags earlier this year, but had added a grace period for stores and customers to comply. That grace period ends today. The ban on the common ultra-thin bags »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics, Society

Canada proposes international plastics reform

Canada will host the upcoming G7 meeting in Quebec City this June.  One of the things expected to be proposed by Canada during the gathering is a “plastics charter” The European Union already has a plan to require that at »

Society

Stop Food Waste Day declared in Canada

A Canadian food service company has declared April 27 to be a special day to raise awareness about the growing problem of wasted food. Compass Group Canada says food waste in this country is estimated at $31 billion with 30 »