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Province will broaden EPR to include more product types

Published: September 21, 2021
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Empty propane tanks for recycling

British Columbia will include fuel canisters in the province’s EPR program in the coming years. | Timothy Yue / Shutterstock

The British Columbia government released a five-year plan for adding mattresses, electric vehicle batteries, fuel canisters and other materials into the province’s extended producer responsibility law.

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Canadian EPR program sees decline in recycling rate

Published: August 31, 2021
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Recycling bins full with paper, cardboard and other materials.

Stewardship Ontario reported 729,906 metric tons of recyclables were collected in 2019, representing a 57.3% recycling rate.| keikona / Shutterstock

Stewardship Ontario, which helps fund that province’s residential recycling program, reported a lower recycling rate for 2019 than the year before. Less newsprint entering the recycling stream drove the decrease.

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British Columbia EPR program hits 85% recovery rate

Published: July 20, 2021
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Sorted materials for recycling.

Recycle BC’s recent annual report noted a 90% recovery rate for paper, 52% for plastic, and 85% for metal. | pryzmat / Shutterstock

In 2020, a producer-funded system for paper and packaging recycling achieved a significantly higher recovery rate – and spent more money – than the year prior.

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Largest Canadian province to roll out full EPR

Published: June 8, 2021
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Outside the Ontario, Canada legislative building.

Officials estimate shifting funding responsibility completely to producers will save municipalities an estimated 156 million Canadian dollars (about $129 million U.S.) per year. | Sunset Blue / Shutterstock

The Ontario government will make producers fully financially responsible for recycling their products, a major expansion of the province’s extended producer responsibility system. The changes will come into effect within the next four years.

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The details on price spikes for recyclables in two regions

Published: February 23, 2021
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Materials on a conveyor inside a waste and recycling processing plant.

In survey responses, MRFs reported that average value of curbside recyclables went up considerably in the fourth quarter of 2020. | jantsarik/Shutterstock

Recycling processors know that 2020 ended strongly when it comes to commodity values. Two recent surveys quantify the blended-value boost.

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Groups question US-Canada Basel arrangement

Published: December 15, 2020
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Cargo shipping containers.

Because the U.S. is not a party to the Basel Convention, exports to the 180-plus countries that are parties to the convention will be more complicated, or may even be prohibited by local laws. | AnkaFed/Shutterstock

The U.S. government has made public an agreement with Canada to continue scrap plastic shipments despite global regulations tightening next year. Environmental advocates are troubled by the deal.

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Roller-coaster ride continues for recycling markets

Published: December 1, 2020
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Curbside waste and recycling bins in Oakville, Ontario.

The average value of a ton of recyclables dropped in the U.S. Northeast and Ontario in the third quarter. | Camillo Clauser/Shutterstock

Average commodity values tumbled by about one-fifth during the third quarter, according to a survey of northeastern U.S. MRFs. A price sheet for Ontario showed the same downward trend.

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