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Feds challenge industry to make PPE more recyclable

October 21, 2020 by SWR Staff

OTTAWA – Two new challenges launched through the Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) program seek to make personal protective equipment (PPE) more compostable, and recyclable. The National Research Council of Canada (NRC), in collaboration with Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC)…

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Canadians wasting less food during pandemic

September 16, 2020 by SWR Staff

VANCOUVER – A new nation-wide survey shows that Canadians are wasting less food while COVID-19 public health measures have been in place. While people are buying more food overall, 24 percent of households are throwing away or composting less uneaten…

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Trade policy is key in dealing with plastic pollution

August 14, 2020 by UNCTAD

The pandemic has led to a surge in pollution from disposable products like plastic face masks and hand sanitizer bottles. Effective trade rules can help limit the spread of coronavirus waste.

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TerraCycle offers PPE collection

August 3, 2020 by SWR Staff

TRENTON, New Jersey – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has proven indispensable in the wake of COVID-19 but this surge has led to littered PPE flooding streets and marine habitats. To address this unintended public health crisis of potentially hazardous litter,…

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Covid-19 has resurrected single-use plastics

July 24, 2020 by Jessica Heiges and Kate O'Neill

Are they back to stay?

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COVID-19 is laying waste to many U.S. recycling programs

July 10, 2020 by Brian Love & Julie Rieland

Waste sources, quantities and destinations are all in flux, and shutdowns have devastated an industry that was already struggling

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SWANA submits statement on recycling challenges for U.S. Senate

June 22, 2020 by SWR Staff

Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has submitted a written statement to the leadership of the U.S. Senate Committee of Environment and Public Works (EPW) concerning some of the challenges facing recycling in the…

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Bottled up frustration for PET

June 17, 2020 by Susan Mair, Petrochemical Analyst at ICIS

Changes in tourism and travel due to the pandemic will affect pries and supply of PET resin feedstocks

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Ontario residents generate more garbage during pandemic

June 15, 2020 by SWR Staff

With the support of Ontario municipalities, representing close to 8.5 million residents, data has been gathered to better understand the high-level impacts of COVID-19 on residential and commercial waste generation. Since the week of March 9th data has been tracked…

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What happens to waste PPE during the coronavirus pandemic?

June 5, 2020 by Carly Fletcher

The most effective means of disposal is to burn it