THE PULSE Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries Vol. 22, Issue 2, February 2017



Vol. 22, Issue 2, February 2017



Networking is critical for any business, and our industry in particular thrives on making and maintaining face-to-face connections. CARI’s event calendar offers excellent opportunities for you to get out and connect with other members and we’ve recently made some changes to our events to ensure we are doing what we can to accommodate your requests.

CARI’s 76th Annual Convention is in Banff, Alberta this year from June 8 – 10th. Our sessions will include industry and trade panels as always, but we will also hold a town hall session on human resources issues such as hiring, retention, and training. One of our members requested this format, and we were happy to oblige. Town halls encourage attendees to participate in the conversation by allowing them to ask experts and industry colleagues about best practices.

CARI’s B.C. Chapter will be hosting two events this spring. The B.C. Spring Chapter Meeting will be held on the evening of Tuesday, March 21 at the River Rock Casino Resort Hotel. Chapter members voiced concern over U.S. trade relations, and we have arranged for a speaker to address this topic. The registration form is available here.

The B.C. Chapter Golf Tournament will take place on Thursday, July 6th. You may contact Chapter President, Kym Neutel or CARI’s Director of Events, Donna Turner for more information about these two events.

If you have any ideas about how we can improve our events, please call or email CARI staff with your suggestions. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, and make sure to visit our website for more information.

Dan Klufas,
CARI Chair

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Registration is open for ISRI’s 2017 Convention and Exposition, April 22-27 in New Orleans.

ISRI is pleased to offer CARI members the discounted ISRI member rate on full and trade show registrations. Members in good standing can contact CARI staff at 613-728-6946 or [email protected] for discount codes. Register before January 31 for even more savings.

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BIR has launched an international initiative to organize a Global Recycling Day:

The aim of this initiative is to dramatically increase the visibility of the international recycling industry and vigorously highlight the important contribution of recycling to climate change mitigation and the protection of our planet. As a result, political decision makers, other industrial sectors and the public will be aware of who we are and how the recycling industry benefits society.

CARI supports this initiative and encourages members to visit the website, read the brochure, and sign the online petition to help make Global Recycling Day a reality.

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  • The Chinese Customs and Excise Department of the People’s Republic of China will launch a one-year campaign to reduce illegal smuggling of “foreign waste”, including solid waste such as industrial waste, electronic waste, household waste and plastic waste. The campaign is part of a larger initiative, roughly translated as “National Sword 2017”, which will also target smuggling by organized crime. ISRI and the BIR are both monitoring the new campaign.
  • ISRI has released the results of a 2016 online survey conducted by Harris Poll in late 2016. The results demonstrate a large percentage of American adult survey participants do not accept common statements about the recycling industry to be true. ISRI President Robin Weiner says the survey data shows there is still much work to do to educate the public on the economic and environmental benefits of recycling
  • Medals for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 will be made from recycled mobile phones. Tokyo will host the games, and the Japanese public will be asked to donate mobile phones to source the two tonnes of gold, silver and bronze required to produce 5,000 medals. The project aims to reduce costs and promote sustainability.

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