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Let’s get the facts straight on Ontario’s Blue Box

The current debate over what to do about Ontario’s Blue Box frequently confuses at least four distinct but interrelated issues: waste management in general; the recycling option; the relative roles of industry and householders; and the nature of the Blue Box program itself. First, the broader context. The Blue Box program is just one waste collection system, […]

FSC sucks up and apologises (sort of)

The Forest Stewardship Council of Canada recently had some rare words of praise for the Canadian paper packaging industry! “Here in Canada,’’ wrote President and CEO Francois Dufresne in a blog, “our packaging industry uses the largest portion of recycled fibres of any forestry sector – an important element of responsible forest management, and an […]

FSC is misleading Canadians, say its key packaging customers

The Canadian branch of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is trying to distance itself from a promotional video that has angered its Canadian packaging customers. But the video itself, with two demonstrably false claims in it, still remains accessible to the public on FSC Canada’s website. When it launched the video last month, FSC Canada […]

The future of retail and e-commerce

The Canadian retail industry is undergoing massive change, shedding bricks and mortar for the new exciting world of e-commerce. In the driver’s seat are consumers. Click and point with the mouse. It’s so easy. In today’s world, convenience is king. But what’s the impact on the retail trade? What happens to those huge store fronts, […]

Packaging stewards should be rewarded for using recycled content

Recycled content is central to the “Circular Economy” approach that Ontario and some other provinces say they want to adopt. It keeps raw materials flowing through the economy longer, reduces the pressure to extract more virgin materials from the earth, and delays their eventual disposal as waste. It’s something which governments say they want to […]

Les cibles de l’économie circulaire doivent tenir compte du contenu en matières recyclées

Le ministère ontarien de l’Environnement et de l’Action en matière de changement climatique (MEACC) se penche actuellement sur ce qu’il appelle les objectifs spécifiques de « gestion » des matières recueillies dans les boîtes bleues, comme le papier, le plastique, le verre, l’acier et l’aluminium. Le ministère a déjà indiqué qu’il souhaite voir le taux collectif de […]