Coffee Pods are just one type of single use container

I was recently asked on my opinion on “coffee pods”, and offered my observations to McLean’s for a magazine article http://www.macleans.ca/society/life/coffee-pods-the-new-eco-villain/. I am not a coffee pod expert, however, there is no doubt they are convenient, have significant consumer appeal, and provide a delicious cup of coffee at a moment’s notice.  Even so, I stand by my quote that was used to finish the article: “I would never allow myself to purchase a single-use product like this,”  “I modify my habits as to not fall into the trap at all.” Although the Maclean’s article is specifically about coffee pods, there ...

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Metro Vancouver Diversion Numbers Point to Staying the Course

By John Kendler, Special Guest Blogger   The Vancouver Sun recently published an article by Randy Shore titled Metro Vancouver’s Green Waste Diversion: A Progress Report (available here: http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Metro+Vancouver+green+waste+diversion+progress+report/9956483/story.html ) According to the article, the total amount of waste produced by single-family homes in Metro Vancouver is down by 66,000 metric tonnes compared to 2011, while region-wide diversion is up from 55% to 58% This progress comes as no big surprise to those in the waste and recycling industry who have been on the front lines helping to improve current programs and implement new ones in an effort to increase diversion ...

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That Doesn’t Go There!

John Kendler – Special Guest Blogger One of my key tasks at Urban Impact is monitoring the quality of the blue box recyclables we receive. This is done through regular material “audits” – a fancy word for taking a sample of material, sorting through it and weighing each category. These audits provide us with a lot of important information, such as the changing composition of material in the blue box mix. Over the last few years, for example, we have noticed increases in the use of PET (plastic labeled #1) and polypropylene (plastic labeled #5) packaging, along with decreases in ...

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Part 4 – Printed Paper & Packaging diversion results – are they as accurate?

MMBC consultant report published in the spring 2012 (“Current System for Managing Residential Packaging & Printed Paper”) states that there is an “estimated” 350,000 to 400,000 of residential Printed Paper & Packaging (PPP) in BC. These estimated tonnes are the denominator the consultant’s report uses for estimating current diversion rates in the province. Based on a survey that they conducted, approximately 210,700 Mt or PPP is being diverted from landfills currently. These tonnes are the numerator used. Assuming that this “survey” identified the numerator correctly, and assuming that the “estimated” denominator is correct, the report stated that the diversion results ...