Canada Recycling

Green for the Holidays

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

These days, filling a large green plastic bag with paper and boxes is virtually unheard of in Canada. Thankfully. There is greater thought and consideration behind the reuse of products and how we can adopt more sustainable practices when celebrating our holiday festivities.

The Plastic Bank Fights Pollution and Poverty With Recycling

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.20.2014 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

From pollution to poverty, social enterprises like the Plastic Bank are discovering new solutions to old problems. And Canadian entrepreneur David Katz shows us the key to successful social enterprises lies in changing the way we think, finding the value in people and things everyone else tosses aside.

Four Green Goals for New Brunswick's Next Government

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

On September 22nd, New Brunswickers will elect a new government. Regardless of who wins, here are four policies that could help our province use less energy, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and benefit from the coming green economy.

Canada's Dumping Its Trash in Another Country's Backyard

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Something's rotten in the port of Manila -- and the stench is 100 per cent "Made in Canada." In June, 2013, 50 school bus-sized shipping containers arrived at the docks of the Philippines' capital city. Philippine media reported how port officials cracked the giant crates open to find tonnes of plastic mixed with garbage -- including dirty diapers.

How You Might Get Dinged By New Recycling Program

CP | Steven Chua, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government's controversial new recycling program takes effect Monday, irking some local business owners who say that additional c...

Nanaimo Garbage Incinerator Would Spew Toxic Materials

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Capt. Trevor Greene

A massive waste-to-energy garbage incinerator is being proposed for Nanaimo, population 88,000, to burn Metro Vancouver's garbage. It would be located on a site roughly 50 kilometres south of downtown Nanaimo, but prevailing winds would rain toxic material all over a town that breathes air rated by the World Health Organization as among the cleanest on earth.

Food Packaging Trends That Tread More Lightly on the Planet

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada Impact
Ian Lifshitz

As environmentally conscious consumers increasingly demand more sustainable packaging, we are seeing significant innovation in food industry packaging. With that, we see five emerging trends that we expect to continue and grow in coming years.

Is MMBC A Four-Letter Word For Small Business?

Mike Klassen | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

Small businesses that are already getting greener and cleaner could be responsible for thousands of dollars of fees that they must pass on to their customers. If you like to shop or eat in B.C., get ready to be walloped by new hidden taxes on everything from clothing to groceries.

Shop Online to Help the Environment

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Ian Lifshitz

As retailers expand their online sales capabilities in response to consumer demand, there are five key ways they can educate their customers in understanding the reduced environmental impact from shopping online.

Why Germs Are Better Environmentalists Than You

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.24.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

While we only recycle a quarter of our human-made waste, germs recycle almost everything cellular. This week, a group of researchers from different corners of the globe discovered that bacteria can even recycle genetic material (DNA), making them the ultimate environmental champions.

Solving the CRT Recycling Problem

Gary Shapiro | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Impact
Gary Shapiro

Recently, nine million pounds of cathode ray tubes (CRT) were found abandoned in Yuma, Arizona. Similar reports are becoming more common as the market...

Burning Garbage Is Like Burning Resources

David Suzuki | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

Many urban areas have built or are considering building waste-incineration facilities to generate energy. At first glance, it seems like a win-win. You get rid of "garbage" and acquire a new energy source with fuel that's almost free. But it's a problematic solution, and a complicated issue.

Why a Rush To Incinerate Garbage May Burn Metro Vancouver

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Garbage -- or to use the more politically correct term, waste -- is big business. Really big. It can also be a messy business, particularly when politicians get involved. So no big surprise that the left hand doesn't seem to care what the right hand is doing at Metro Vancouver when it comes to regional waste management.

Swapping With Colin & Justin?

Colin & Justin | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Across a half hour of high impact telly, we attempt to prove that second hand doesn't mean second best by undertaking a TV experiment to show that a seriously stylish home can be created on a seriously shoestring budget. And can it? In a word: yes. But only if you play by the rules.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and the Fourth R

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Impact
Ian Lifshitz

Many of us grew up in a time when we finished with a piece of paper, crumpled it up and tossed it into a waste paper basket. Then recycling bins came along. And with it a message of reduce, reuse and recycle. Flash forward to 2013. It's time to revisit the three Rs and add a fourth -- renewable.

Kind Gestures Last a Lifetime

Phil Froats | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Impact
Phil Froats

Issac Newton said that for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction. While this may be true for physics, it certainly does not carry over into interpersonal matters. Often the gentlest of gestures, smallest of actions or the quietest of whispered kind words will have an avalanche effect on the lives of others.

Going Green for Earth Day 2013

Kendra Hagerman | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada Style
Kendra Hagerman

The colour green represents fertility, life, and hope, and what better way to embrace this colour than on Earth Day? Whether you participate in it by recycling your cosmetics packaging, using a reusable cup, or choosing eco-friendly products, now is the time to go green.

Tapping (Mountains of) Trash for Landfill Gas

David Dodge | Posted 05.11.2013 | Canada
David Dodge

Apple cores, pumpkins, Christmas trees and the crusts your mom cut off your sandwich 27 years ago. They all ended up at Cloverbar landfill in Edmonton...

Ontario Should Lead the Cleantech Revolution

Mike Schreiner | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Ontario desperately needs a bold plan to create jobs for the 21st century. We need to replace the 300,000 manufacturing jobs lost in the last decade. Ontario needs to invest in where the puck is going: the cleantech and low carbon economy. Do we have the courage and vision to skate there?

Saving Ontario Money One Recycling Bin at a Time

Mike Schreiner | Posted 03.25.2013 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

None of us want a dump in our backyard. Nor do we want to burn money by wasting resources. Sadly this is the direction Ontario is headed if we don't eliminate waste and use resources more efficiently. But unfortunately, Ontario still produces too much garbage.

25 Ways To Be Green In 2013

Yummy Mummy Club | Posted 03.16.2013 | Canada Impact
Yummy Mummy Club

The New Year is here and this is the time that many of us decide to make positive changes in our lives. No matter what shade of green you may be, the following list will hopefully give you some inspiration on how to make some eco-friendly changes for both your family and the environment.

Beautiful Packaging Shouldn't Be Ugly for the Planet

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

Since going green no longer means having to forfeit beautiful packaging to sell a product in a way that is consistent with any brand's image, there is simply no longer any excuse for offering products in unsustainable packaging. In the new age of green packaging, sustainability and brand promise can now go hand in hand and beautiful packaging doesn't have to be ugly for the environment.

Green is in for Fall: Beauty Brands that Recycle

Kendra Hagerman | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Style
Kendra Hagerman

The fashion and beauty industry can be hard on Mother Nature. Thankfully, many companies, brands, and retailers are adopting environmentally friendly and sustainable practices in an effort to decrease their impact on the environment. Looking good and doing good has never been so rewarding.

Is Everything Old New Again?

Beverley Golden | Posted 05.30.2012 | Canada Living
Beverley Golden

So what are the differences between being a collector vs. being a hoarder? Both involve assigning special value to your possessions. Some people jokingly have referred to my kind of collecting as hoarding, as I like to keep things that have sentimental value to me. Kind of like a human pack rat accumulating memories.

Green Or Blue Bin? Recycling Apps Do The Work For You

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.29.2012 | Canada Living

VANCOUVER - Looking for a place to recycle your phone? Just ask it.Several cities are turning to smartphone apps to encourage tech-savvy citizens to r...