About one-third of Canadian households use single-serve coffee makers on a regular basis so the presence of used pods in household and office waste streams is ubiquitous. The single-serve pods provide the benefit of brewing only the amount of coffee that will be consumed instead of the common practiceof pouring large quantities of un-consumed coffee down the drain.
CPIA would like to remind municipalities and recycling materials brokers that we are continuing to collect information about plastics recovered in recycling programs that cannot be marketed because of problems stemming from China’s ban on 24 categories of waste paper and plastics.
CPIA Would Like to Hear from You- Online Reporting Tool Available to Record Stranded PlasticsAs China continues to implement a ban targeting 24 categories of imported low-grade recycling materials that contain “dirty wastes or even hazardous materials”, concerns about shipments being rejected at entry ports is growing in Canada, potentially leaving recyclers and brokers with stranded tonnes.
Developing diversion and recycling solutions for flexible plastic packaging like pouches - Fall 2017
The recycling industry has evolved to become more comprehensive over the past 40 years by identifying and solving recycling challenges – creating opportunities to bring together the right people in partnerships and reviewing the best processes and innovations to generate sustainable solutions.
Amazing inventions and new ideas using and focusing on plastics are happening around the world every day. For example, a 3D printer is being used to make plastic baby hearts so doctors can practice delicate surgery. In another part of the world an inventor has crafted a car from polystyrene foam. And in the Netherlands, a teenager has invented and is testing a pilot system to capture plastics in the ocean.
Circular Economy (CE) and Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) are powerful approaches to address the growing pressures on global resources that arise from population growth and growing economies. Several jurisdictions are integrating these concepts in policy and legislation but there’s also confusion about what CE and SMM mean and the impact they may have for the recycling industry.