Changes in China’s market for recyclables – Update 1

Urban Impact participated in the Chicago Paper Conference from October 11 – 13, 2017.  Industry conferences are always a great place to catch up with suppliers and customers alike.  This yea’s Conference conversations and Agenda were dominated by information about the Chinese Government’s new National Sword. Under the Chinese government’s “National Sword 2017” clampdown, close inspection of imported recyclable materials were put in place. This blog post is Urban Impact’s first update on National Sword. National Sword is the name of the Chinese government’s recent clampdown initiative to clean air, water and land in China.  The Chinese government has targeted waste paper and plastic ...

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The cost of garbage disposal should inspire diversion

As a region, and in society as a whole, we are debating what to do with our garbage and what the cost will be for disposal in the future. Stakeholders are concerned that the cost of disposal has increased significantly in the last 10 years, and many are stating that the increases costs over time are too great and are a burden to society, business and others. In our region, regional disposal costs are being estimated to reach $150 per metric tonne in the next few years, and likely closer to $200 per metric tonne in the medium term. In ...

Challenges of organics recycling in Calgary in – 40 degrees

Our guest blogger, is Spencer Kennedy, Operations Manager for Urban Impact’s Calgary division: If any of y’all westcoasters were following Calgary weather recently, you might have observed our arctic thermometer dropping down below -40 last week. At this temperature bad things start to happen – skin freezes and vehicles won’t start. The Calgary School Board even issued a warning to parents of kids that take buses that the chances of the bus engine actually starting were low; but the chances of children stuck waiting at the bus stop and getting instant frostbite – were HIGH!   Even our truck block-heaters ...

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Driving Diversion in Schools

Academic instituitions should be the easiest place to communicate environmental and sustainable initiatives. Although they are a place of higher learning, there are often challenges with respect to priorities and it can be difficult to emphasize recycling or garbage diversion when funding for education, school closures and other hot topics are at the top of everyone’s mind. I of course, cannot imagine that garbage and waste diversion is not at the top of everyone’s mind. To me it is the most important thing, always. I am a bit idealistic I know and over time have come to recognize that there ...

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