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Coverage of waste streams since November 3, 2022.

Lots of new people introduced to Maple Ridge’s repair cafes

"...This toy ladybug got fixed at the Repair Cafe on Saturday. (Ridge Meadows Recycling Society/Special to The News)..."

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PROGRESS 2023: Port Alberni’s INEO pairs enterprise with a social conscience

"...Recycle Matters supervisor Brent Martin leads a tour through INEO Employment Services’ mattress recycling facility, where foam pieces are piled up waiting to be processed. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)Recycle Matters supervisor Brent Martin explains how foam mattress tops are compressed in a machine before they are set aside to await shipment to the Lower Mainland. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)Terry Deakin, CEO of INEO Employment Services, talks about the successes of Recycle Matters during an open house in May 2023..."

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Maple Ridge recycling pickup moves to Recycle BC

"...Recycle BC was formed in 2014 fulfil the provincial Extended Producer Responsibility Recycling Regulation. It is designed to shift responsibility for recycling materials from the consumer to the producer. Recycle BC is funded by businesses such as brand owners, manufacturers and retailers..."

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One island community’s answer to climate change? Feed everyone

"...The pair, members of the Quadra Island Climate Action Team (I-CAN), are appraising their first haul for a new project to tackle climate change and food insecurity in their rural community. The group has teamed up with the island’s two grocery stores and a local health food business to launch the Quadra food recovery program, which aims to keep edible food from being sent to garbage dumps. What people are reading Canada’s oil and gas industry is its own worst enemy By Max Fawcett | Opinion, Politics | March 14th 2023 It’s a win-win situation all around, said Boyle..."

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Almost half of what ends up in Vancouver Island landfill could've been diverted: CRD

"...Over the last three decades, the region has conducted snapshot-style studies to determine the source and composition of solid waste ending up at Hartland Landfill..."

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'A second life': Here's how a Sask. researcher is working to create building material out of face masks

"...Denise Stilling, an associate professor of industrial systems engineering, says her research has focused on waste streams and repurposing materials to create “value added, circular economies. ”..."

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Almost half of what ends up in Greater Victoria's landfill could've been diverted: CRD

"...The region has conducted a snapshot-style study about every five years over the last three decades to determine the sources and composition of solid waste ending up at Hartland Landfill..."

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TIER, ERA announce $58 million to emissions reductions partnership programs Globalnews.ca

"...The Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) program will provide up to $58 million through the ERA and the province’s Circular Economy Challenge for emissions-focused projects. “If successful, these projects have the potential to create about 1,800 jobs and cut emissions by up to four million tonnes by 2050 — equal to offsetting emissions from about one million homes,” the province said in a news release Monday..."

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Plastics ban will have 'sizable effect' on Canada's ecosystems, expert says

"..."We have not pressed the industry that is the plastics industry or the retailing industry to deal with this," Diamond said. "Rather, we have forced the taxpayer to pay for this. … We're paying for it by increasing landfills, we're increasing costs to manage all this plastic waste..."

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Fraser Valley fights food waste — save your scraps from the landfill!

"...Food waste that finds its way to landfills does not decompose easily, and if we divert it to the proper facility we can turn those scraps into healthy soil. That’s why the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) passed Bylaw 1495, which requires that all recyclable materials and food waste be sorted out of garbage and delivered to appropriate waste processing or disposal facilities..."

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3 Ways the Circular Economy Can Aid Climate Action

"...Ninety percent of terrestrial biodiversity loss and water stress are caused by material resource extraction and processing. Circular economy strategies could slow down nature degradation by reducing the demand for virgin materials, decreasing pressure on ecosystems that improve climate adaptation, such as mangroves protecting against flooding or forests regulating temperatures. Regenerative agriculture can improve soil health and food production while improved waste management can help increase flood resilience..."

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Jobs in waste streams

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Special Projects Coordinator - Solid Waste - Regional District of Nanaimo (Nanaimo, BC)

"...programs, preparing requests for quotations, proposals and tenders, and recommending award, liaising with RDN departments, other local governments, provincial and federal governments, and community agencies regarding issues related to Solid Waste programs, and performing other related duties, as required..."

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Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about waste streams.

From food waste to organic nutrients, with Tinia Pina

"...Tinia is a SWANA Certified Composting Systems Technical Associate and her experiences related to food waste, systems and policy have fueled her passion to increase our communities’ resilience, prosperity, and knowledge to help us live more conscious lives..."

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How Mushrooms Can Reduce Poverty & Malnutrition (Inc. Examples)

"...They're highly nutritious, use agricultural waste streams AND can generate good income..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about waste streams relevant to the latest news.

Toxicants, entanglement, and mitigation in New England?s emerging circular economy for food waste

"...Drawing on research with food waste recycling facilities in New England, this paper explores a fundamental tension between the eco-modernist logics of the circular economy and the reality of contemporary waste streams..."

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Breaking water carbon nexus by the natural biological system: ultimate solution for ESG challenges

"...The Natural Biological System (NBS) is a nature-based technology for sewage and waste stream treatment and management, rehabilitating affected water bodies, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and rebalancing eco-systems..."

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Chemical Recycling of Plastic Waste: Comparative Evaluation of Environmental and Economic Performances of Gasification- and Inc

"...To address this gap, this investigation utilizes an integrated approach comprising of life cycle assessment and techno-economic analysis to evaluate the environmental and economic performance of CR of lightweight packaging waste via waste gasification compared to direct and indirect incineration in Germany..."

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The contribution of high-resolution GC separations in plastic recycling research

"...Nowadays, global plastic production has reached 367 million tons per year and because of their durable nature, their recycling is fundamental for the achievement of the circular economy objective..."

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Life cycle assessment (LCA) on waste management options for derelict fishing gear

"...Methods This study applies an attributional life cycle assessment (LCA) to four DFG waste treatment scenarios, namely a mechanical recycling, syngas production, energy recovery and landfill disposal..."

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A Life Cycle-Based Scenario Analysis Framework for Municipal Solid Waste Management

"...A framework for the systematic analysis of the material flows and the life cycle environmental performance of municipal solid waste (MSW) management scenarios is described in this article..."

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Valorisation of source-separated food waste to bioethanol: pilot-scale demonstration

"...To this end, in this paper, an holistic approach towards bioethanol production from source-separated food waste was studied as an effective strategy to cope with both issues..."

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Microbial Production of Oleochemicals

"...Furthermore, some oleaginous microorganisms are able to accumulate high amounts of lipids from different carbon sources, including those present in waste streams which will be crucial in the transition toward a circular economy..."

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Sustainable Valorization of Waste from Mango Processing Sector

"...Further, biowaste streams can be properly managed by using biorefinery for development of value added products such as bioenergy, biofuel, etc..."

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Evaluation of e-waste status, management strategies, and legislations

"...E-waste is the globally mounting solid waste stream which is increasing due to domestic as well as a result of transboundary exportation..."

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Secondary Raw Materials for a Circular Economy in Concretes

"...Research on building materials is, nowadays, working on the valorisation of SRM from different waste streams to replace conventional cements, which production is responsible for energy consumption and CO2 emissions, or aggregates extracted from natural sites..."

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