Highlights/waste

International, Society

Government rules needed to reduce waste, argues campaigner

Asian countries are getting angry about waste sent to them for recycling from Canada and other western countries.While they may have, in the past, agreed to recycle waste, the problem is that some of it is contaminated with non-recyclable substances» 

Economy, Environment, Internet, Science and Technology

Farmers and “CleanFARMS” and the effort to recycle plastic (interview)

Most people probably wouldn’t think about it, but farms in Canada generate thousands of tonnes of waste plastic annually. Fortunately there’s a concerted and well-organised effort in the past decade or more to keep this enormous amount of plastic from» 

Arts and Entertainment, Economy, Politics, Society

The 2019 “best” (worst) of government waste awards announced

Where hard-earned taxpayer dollars go to disappear They’re called “The Teddy Awards” named after a former government bureaucrat , Ted Weatherhill, who was eventually fired after charging taxpayers vast sums for food and drink expenses over several years. The awards» 

Economy, Environment, Politics, Society

Ontario may ban plastic straws and single use plastic

Canada’s most populous province is exploring a ban on plastic straws and other single use plastics such as plastic untensils like those often found in fast food outlets. A document was released this week called, Reducing Litter and Waste in» 

Economy, Environment, Society

Farming plastics; a better plan for thousands of tonnes of waste

While plastic waste campaigns focus mainly on big city issues, there is a little discussed but nonetheless major contributing industry to plastic waste: farming. This comes mostly from plastic twine and cord and the plastic wrapping for grain and hay.» 

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Too much plastic: a new effort at reduction through re-use

It’s called “Loop”. A proposal at the Davos World Economic Forum this month would see major manufacturers help in re-use of their products by picking up empty product containers, say from ice cream, or laundry detergent, then sanitise them, refill» 

Economy, Health, Society

Canada: The incredible amount of food wasted

A new study claims almost 60 per cent of food produced in Canada ends up wasted. From day-old breads, to products with an expired or soon to be expired “best before” date, to “not perfect” looking produce to overproduction of» 

Economy, Environment, International, Society

Recycling plastic: individual efforts for naught?

Greenpeace highlights plastic dumping in Asia Many Canadians are shocked to learn that for all their well-intentioned efforts to sort and clean plastic packaging for recycling, only about 11 per cent actually gets recycled. That figure comes from Environmental Defence» 

Politics

Canadian Taxpayers Federation:The year-end financial naughty and nice list

It’s an annual assessment of what the government and other public agencies do with Canadian’s tax money. The non-profit taxpayer advocacy group, Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has just released this year’s assessment of what is being done with taxes. The» 

Arts and Entertainment, Economy, Environment, Health, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Old bread to new beer-reducing waste for a good cause

A charity organisation and a brewery in Alberta are the latest to get into a recent form of “recycling”. The Calgary-based Leftovers Foundation gets donations of food and also of day-old bread from local bakeries which they provide to their»