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Coverage of landfills since October 24, 2023.

Saskatchewan leaders head to Dubai for climate change conference Globalnews.ca

"...The second week will focus on sustainable agriculture and food systems. Events will cover Saskatchewan's impact in potash, grains, pulse production and how the province can ensure food security. Regina Mayor Sandra Masters will also be in attendance..."

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City says landfill turning away material from Hamilton's Chedoke Creek a ‘misunderstanding'

"...Cari Vanderperk’s, the city's director of watershed management, confirms a truck was turned away at the gate of GFL's outlet in Upper Stoney Creek amid concerns from the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) over environmental compliance approval provisions. Vanderperk says GFL opted to restrict disposal due to a “misunderstanding around the classification of the waste,” which the MECP submitted was refuse from a combined sewage spill not compliant with environmental approvals governing a municipally-owned sewage works facility. “So we are looking at other landfills,” Vanderperk explained..."

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$1.4 million needed to repair Kelowna dump in wildfire aftermath Globalnews.ca

"...“On Aug. 17, in the evening, city staff got a call there was a fire that jumped the lake and it was coming towards the landfill,” Scott Hoekstra, manager of Landfill and Composting Operations at the City of Kelowna, said. “Fortis asked us to shut off the gas and biogas plant and staff came out and started working on getting areas around the landfill prepped in case the fire came towards us the next day..."

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Zero: Oil industry’s plan for climate action? More fossil fuels

"...The best performer was France’s TotalEnergies, which calls itself “a major player in renewable energy production,” including hydroelectricity, solar, wind power and biofuels. In 2022, Total’s green energy resources accounted for a negligible 1. 3% of total revenue..."

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Landfill section nears capacity as CRD grants $11M for Hartland's next phase

"...The new cell is the first of three that will collect the region’s solid waste until around 2050. The transition to a new part of the landfill is another signal to the public that Hartland is a limited space with a limited ability to receive waste, said Russ Smith, senior manager of the CRD’s environmental resource management..."

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Westmount reducing garbage collection, promoting composting

"...The City of Westmount, Que. , has adopted a new waste management policy, which will see a focus on composting and a reduction in garbage collection frequency..."

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In Halifax, a city surrounded by forests, citizens call for wildfire escape routes

"...Her property in the Indigo Shores subdivision is one example of the city's dilemma: houses on the capital's outskirts butt up against combustible forests, and there's often just one road out — potentially creating traffic jams and panic during an evacuation. “We're worried about the spring and summer. It would be nice to have (an emergency) exit before then..."

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Propensity for Activism Rises in Some Instances in British Columbia

"...Perceptions are more nuanced on four other establishments that could be located within three blocks of a respondent’s home. Practically half would take no action against a low-income housing project (49%, -9), while fewer feel the same way about a composting site (38%, -5), a homeless shelter (36%, -7) or a sewage or wastewater treatment plant (28%, -3)..."

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Whitehorse Blue Bin Recycling looks at increasing services

"...“All this is to say, we have a curbside program already installed in the city with a solid record. We are diverting significant quantities of recyclable material away from our landfill from both the residential and commercial sectors. ”..."

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Jobs in landfills

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Water Management Consultant (Water Treatment Sales) - Barrie

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Senior Financial Analyst - Accounting

"...environmentally responsible way, including keeping as much waste out of landfills as possible, and giving back to the communities where we live and work..."

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Water Management Consultant (Water Treatment Sales) - GTA NW (Newmarket and Richmond Hill)

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Senior Financial Analyst - Accounting

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention landfills.

The Outrageous Waste of Food: Deborah Manning, Kiwi Harvest

Duration: 38:36

"...Every year New Zealand food industry sends 103,000 tonnes of food waste to landfill..."

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Today's Show: solitary confinement in Canadian prisons, Alberta landfills, tech hearings, Oilfield Services Activity Forec

Duration: 1:55:16

"...Guests: Professor Anthony Doob, University of Toronto criminologist, Dr..."

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Could Alberta see landfill approval changes?

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2/21/20 - Landfill Waste Up; Fishing Shanties

Duration: 02:25

"...Solid waste in Michigan landfills increased in 2019..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about landfills.

This Electric Car is Made From Recycled Vapes!

"...Recycling vapes in the UK alone could equate to many MWh of battery capacity or thousands of Teslas..."

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Impactful Health R&D – Founder Series

"...Wasted produce ends up in landfills that create methane which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions..."

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World's Largest Carbon Removal Plant & Jakarta's New Sky Train | WEF | Top Stories of the Week

"...2:33 How coffee is being used to strengthen concrete - This could cut the amount of organic waste going to landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from concrete production and help tackle a global shortage of sand..."

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Building roads with your rubbish! How do they do that?

"...Every year, we humans bury hundreds of millions of tonnes of non-recyclable trash in landfill sites all over the world, with all the energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and local ecosystem impacts that we all hear so much about in the news these days..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about landfills relevant to the latest news.

Environmental Impact Assessment of Low-Density Polyethylene and Polyethylene Terephthalate Containers Using a Life Cycle Assess

"...The system boundary included all life cycle stages, including resin production, packaging production, collection, transportation, and waste management (mechanical recycling, landfill, incineration)..."

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Integrated hesitant fuzzy-based decision-making framework for evaluating sustainable and renewable energy

"...According to the achieved results, landfill gas and biogas have the highest rank among the alternatives to renewable energy..."

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A Comprehensive Overview of Vital Water Quality Parameters

"...In-place sewage systems, landfill leachate, wastewater treatment plant effluent, leaking sewers, hydraulic fracturing, gas stations, or excessive fertilizer use in agriculture are the usual causes of groundwater adulteration..."

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Life cycle assessment of source separation of biowaste, pay as you throw systems and autonomous composting units in the Municip

"...Nowadays, composting technologies are being used to manage food waste (FW), which is an environmentally friendly method of waste management in which organic matter can decompose biologically..."

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Application of q-rung orthopair fuzzy based SWARA-COPRAS model for municipal waste treatment technology selection

"...The ranking of the alternatives followed the sequence as upcycling > recycling > pyrolysis > hydrolysis > biotechnological > core plasma pyrolysis > incineration > composting > gasification > landfilling..."

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Post-closure Cost Efficiency in Public Versus Private Landfills: The Case of Emilia-Romagna (Italy)

"...Waste management systems have developed in recent years toward the adoption of sustainable management principles and practices, such as circular economy, zero waste, resource efficiency, waste avoidance, re-use, and recycling..."

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Regional management options for floating marine litter in coastal waters from a life cycle assessment perspective

"...Method A study of the North Sea German Bight identified existing technologies suitable for the collection and treatment of floating marine debris including, recycling of plastics, mechanical biological treatment (MBT), and landfilling..."

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Absorption Technologies for Biomethane Production from Biogas to Replace Natural Gas in Gas Distribution Networks and Use as Mo

"...Modern eco-friendly oriented countries are implementing biomethane from biogas production projects, using biomethane as motor fuel or supplying it to the natural gas distribution grid..."

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Dephenolization and discoloration of olive mill wastewater using coagulation, filtration, and hydrogen peroxide oxidation

"...Different basic methods of discharging OMW include evaporation, landfilling, circulating pond, and crop irrigation..."

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