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China Is Officially Enacting a Plastic Waste Import Ban

Starting in January, China’s government is enacting a plastic waste import ban, in an attempt to cut down on millions of tons of plastic and other recyclables they receive every year. This change may drastically affect how the world recycles and disposes of waste.

But while government officials worldwide consider how to move forward after China’s plastic waste import ban, the main focus has to be on the environment. This ban may undo the decades-long effort to build a plastics recycling industry, and lead to even more plastics being produced; IndustryWeek reports that China has already begun investing in brand new plastic to replace what they’re no longer recycling, to the delight of US chemical companies.

That’s especially bad news as plastic waste continues to harm the environment, particularly marine animals. The U.N. has called our plastics problem a “planetary crisis,” and action needs to be taken soon. Unless another country steps in to fill the recycling gap China has created, this issue will only get worse.

Read China Is Officially Enacting a Plastic Waste Import Ban by Claudia Geib and Chelsea Gohd at Futurism.

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January 3, 2018 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Our Top 10 Most Read Posts of 2017

These are among the pieces that appealed the most to Transition Cornwall+ readers in 2017. Maybe you missed a few, or worth another read as we head into a new year?

#10: The Monster Footprint of Digital Technology The power consumption of our high-tech machines and devices is hugely underestimated.

#9: Truly Sustainable Economic Development For those of us thinking about ways to foster local, sustainable, green businesses, here are some wise words.

#8: What Kind of Housing Do Aging Boomers Need?…the obsession with wide doors with lever handles and corridors connecting the garage to the house is misplaced.

#7: Karim Sulayma – I Trust You “For me, one of the key things that needs to underpin our work and our movements over the next 4 years is empathy”

#6: Now is the Time to Think About Your Fall Garden Cool autumn weather favors a long list of leafy greens and root crops, from spinach and kale to radishes and rutabagas.

#5: Combating Textile Waste One of the biggest misconceptions that consumers have is that we should only donate clothes that are gently used.

#4: Beyond the Blue Box The government’s new Waste-Free Ontario Act and Strategy for a Waste- Free Ontario set an ambitious goal of a circular economy that sends zero waste to landfill.

#3: How to Encourage Entrepreneurship in Your Townnine different ideas for promoting entrepreneurship, within both government and the private sector.

#2: The New Consumerism: Redefining Ownership, Values and Priorities  As consumers reassess their priorities and increasingly ask themselves what they truly value, a host of major consumer trends have emerged…

#1: TLTI Thinking Tiny (Homes)  When it comes to new housing, the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands is thinking small. Tiny, in fact.

December 27, 2017 at 11:41 am Leave a comment

This Montreal cafe will fix your broken gadgets for free

Repair CafeA Montreal cafe is pairing owners of broken household items with handy experts in an effort to fight back against throwaway consumer culture.

The Repair Cafe is one of more than 1,400 groups in Canada and around the world encouraging people to troubleshoot their toasters, headphones, printers, and waffle irons, rather than toss them in the trash.

“In Canada, we generate almost 20 kilograms of electronic waste per year and per person. And we only recycle five kilograms per year and per person,” the Repair Cafe’s Tanguy Marquer told CTV News.

The volunteers are mainly engineering students and retirees. They’re willing to work for free to help divert as many old clock-radios and blenders from landfills as possible.

Read This Montreal cafe will fix your broken gadgets for free at CTV News.

December 20, 2017 at 9:01 am Leave a comment

Waste Reduction Group Launch

Filmed by YourTV Cornwall. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the 7 R’s of waste reduction at the launch of Transition Cornwall +’s newest action group.

November 27, 2017 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

Beyond the Blue Box

 CoverOntario has a waste problem. Every year, Ontario produces nearly one tonne of waste per person, and three-quarters of this waste ends up in landfills. The government’s new Waste-Free Ontario Act and Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario set an ambitious goal of a circular economy that sends zero waste to landfill.

Beyond the Blue Box acknowledges that Ontario’s new law and strategy are a significant achievement, but calls on government to get serious about making it work. The first steps: get food waste (organics) out of landfills and get businesses to pull their weight.

Ontario is rightfully proud of the Blue Box, which recycles paper and packaging from homes. But the Blue Box diverts less than 8% of Ontario’s total waste. For real impact, the province needs action on other significant waste streams – organics and industrial, commercial and institutional (IC&I) wastes – that have been ignored for far too long.

Read the full report Beyond the Blue Box  at The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario.

November 15, 2017 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

The 28-Day Plastic Purge Challenge

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The aim of our 28-Day Plastic Purge is not to completely banish plastic, but to help you ID the most toxic and uneccesary sources like vinyl and single-use plastics, respectively.
Read The 28-Day Plastic Purge Challenge at Rodale Wellness.

October 11, 2017 at 10:49 am Leave a comment

Use Plants to Clean up Toxic Waste

In the last couple of centuries, humans have done a strange thing: We’ve dug the biggest pits, the deepest holes, and the longest tunnels the world has ever seen, all to find the most insidious and subtle poisons known to our mammalian bodies, remove them from deep inside rocks where they had lain sequestered for eons, and concentrate them in the places where most of us live. We’re starting to think this maybe wasn’t a good idea.

I say “we,” of course, but this isn’t a guilt trip; most of this was before your time, and you didn’t vote for it anyway. You and I use small amounts of heavy metals and fossil fuels in our own lives – driving, flying, heating, buying plastic products, just looking at this on a computer – but it’s very difficult to avoid doing so and still living in the modern world.

The consequence of so many people doing so many of these things, though, is that any urban area – and many rural ones – will have splotches on the map with large quantities of toxic materials in the ground. If you live where a gasoline station used to be, or a factory, a garbage dump, or any number of other things, you might have things in your soil you don’t want in your stroganof.

Read Use Plants to Clean up Toxic Waste by Brian Kaller at Resilience.org

October 2, 2017 at 10:27 am Leave a comment

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