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Coverage of recycling since October 25, 2023.

Central Okanagan Regional District to use AI to identify materials that can't be recycled Globalnews.ca

"...“The AI is trained to recognize problematic items, including plastic bags, garbage, yard waste and Styrofoam, all materials that do not belong in the recycling cart. By scanning the material collected, it finds items that are not supposed to be in the recycling cart and reports them for further action. ” Story continues below advertisement..."

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What is biomass? The latest fuel source to get clean tech tax credits

"...In a response to the BBC, Drax maintains they only use sawdust and other waste wood that the lumber industry does not want. Natural Resources Canada says forest biomass is a “renewable source of feedstock for energy production” as long as it comes from a sustainably managed forest and regrows over time. Still, Roberston says there are concerns..."

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Used EV batteries power up California solar farm

"...Electric vehicle batteries are typically replaced when they reach 70 to 80 percent of their capacity, largely because the range they provide at that point begins to dwindle. Almost all of the critical materials inside them, including lithium, nickel, and cobalt, are reusable. A growing domestic recycling industry, supported by billions of dollars in loans from the Energy Department and incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act, is being built to prepare for what will one day be tens of millions of retired EV battery packs..."

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CDPQ investing $200M in Swedish battery company Northvolt

"...The site will also include facilities for cathode active material production and battery recycling. Story continues below advertisement..."

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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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Whitehorse seeks information on curbside recycling

"...The city and its recycling committee have already been looking into options for non-refundable recycling but the RFI is being called a key step. The Yukon government’s new extended producer responsibility legislation will also factor into decisions and planning around a potential recycling program. The legislation holds the manufacturers of products and packaging responsible for their responsible management at the end of their life cycle..."

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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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30 employees laid off at Kingston, Ont.'s battery recycling factory

"...Li-Cycle, a battery recycling plant, is laying off 75 workers at its Kingston, Toronto and Rochester, N. Y. , locations..."

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City of Winnipeg asks residents for input on garbage and recycling programs

"...With its Comprehensive Integrated Waste Management Strategy under review, the City of Winnipeg wants residents to provide insight into what is working well for them, and what requires more improvement. The strategy, approved by council in 2011, provides guidelines about how city workers collect, sort, and get rid of garbage and recycling. In a press release on Oct..."

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Yukon MLAs pass bill to make way for private sector to take over waste control

"...“The plan will provide financial and operational details, including how the proposed targets will be met and how collected products will be managed at end-of-life in accordance with the waste management hierarchy where top priority is placed on waste prevention, followed by reuse, recycling, recovery and finally disposal. ”..."

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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 recycling

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Team Leader, Waste And Recycling

"...Ongoing education of programs and initiatives is a key component to successfully diverting waste from landfill..."

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Scale Operator Toronto Metals Recycling

"...Gerdau Corporation (North York ON): Operates Scales to weigh incoming and outgoing vehicles for either delivery or pickup of scrap materials..."

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Recycling & Waste Educator

"...Recycling Waste Educators are responsible for screening recycling material or waste at a recycling facilities and sites to ensure only acceptable material is accepted, and to redirect unacceptable..."

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Consultant Senior en Développement Durable dans le Domaine du Sport / Senior Sports

"...recycling at Material Recycling Facilities (MRFs) and as source-segregated streams for commodity materials and organic waste..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention recycling.

The powerful possibilities of recycling the world's batteries | Emma Nehrenheim

Duration: 09:47

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Chathu Gamage: Forging Cleaner Steel

Duration: 29:00

"...Humans have been making steel in some form or other for over two millennia – and consistently re-using and recycling it along the way..."

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MN 126. Kal Tire Mining Tire Group - Recycling Solutions & Advanced Tire Technology

Duration: 16:36

"...In this episode, our guest is Dave Allan, Vice President at Kal Tire Mining Tire Group Canada..."

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133 • Recycling Food Waste

Duration: 44:28

"...Talking compost this week and digging into a solution for food waste at an industrial scale..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about recycling.

Moving towards a circular economy

"...The EU adopted new initiatives to increase the level of recycling and moving towards a circular economy..."

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How you should recycle your vape

"...Vapes usually end up to regular household trash – and that is dangerous! FDA says e-cigarettes belong to hazardous waste facilities and the batteries into electric recycling..."

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Mr. Bruce Knight: Catalyzing a National Ecosystem Services Market

"...Knight explains the history of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and details how ecosystem service markets can add incentives to motivate farmers and ranchers to improve soil health..."

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Linking Soil Biology to Soil Health: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 2

"...When these soil organism functional groups are in balance and working together, they contribute to ecosystem resiliency that allows the ecosystem to bounce back after a disturbance like a flood or drought as well as resist the negative impacts of these disturbances..."

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Academic Research

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

Surfactants: combating the fate, impact, and aftermath of their release in the environment

"...The residual surfactants and their breakdown products are dispersed in the environment predominantly via the disposal of sewage and land application of sewage sludge..."

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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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A Review of E-waste Management and Practice Scenario in India

"...The challenge is coming up with creative and affordable ways to clean up polluted environments caused by electronic waste, make them safe for people to live in and use, and keep the ecosystems that support life running smoothly..."

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Recycled Aggregates and Circular Economy: The Case of Centrifuged Reinforced Concrete Poles for Electric Power Lines

"...Finally, a specific Life-Cycle Analysis with the aim to quantify the environmental impacts of the proposed recycling procedure..."

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A review of microbial laccase production and activity toward different biotechnological applications

"...However, their large-scale applicability in bioremediation and water treatment is hindered by high salt content and extreme pH values of the polluted media which also affects the stability, recovery and recycling of laccase..."

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Recycling food and agriculture by-products to mitigate climate change: a review

"...Food loss and waste is a major issue affecting food security, environmental pollution, producer profitability, consumer prices, and climate change..."

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The Problem of Recycling Construction Waste in Poland

"...In recent years, along with the increase in social environmental awareness, more and more attention is paid to activities related to waste management and environmental protection..."

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Quantifying the Trends and Impacts of Solid Waste Generation in Chennai City: A Study of Current Management Practices and Futur

"...Additionally, the study suggests that the city should implement waste reduction and recycling programs, as well as encourage the development of waste-to-energy facilities to minimize the environmental impact of solid waste..."

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Biohydrogen Production and Its Integration with Industrial and Urban Effluent Recycling

"...Hydrogen, with its characteristics of cost-effectiveness, high energy density, and low pollution levels, is the most promising fuel among renewable energies..."

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Tak for Sidst: A Field Study of Demolition in Denmark

"...The EU has asserted that moving toward a circular economy is one strategy to address climate change, of which resolving issues with construction and demolition is an important aspect..."

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