THE PULSE Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries Vol. 22, Issue 3, March 2017



Vol. 22, Issue 3, March 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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CARI has been asked to distribute the following survey regarding barriers to trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) region. The survey is being conducted to inform a research project on behalf of the U.S. Trade Representative and Department of Commerce.

This research seeks case studies from the private sector on how economies’ varying definitions of industry terms and materials impede trade and investment abroad. Aside from completing the survey, CARI members are encouraged to contact Tracy Shaw about any barriers faced when conducting business in the APEC region.


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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 Major Appliance Recycling Roundtable (MARR) has published a study of major appliance recycling in British Columbia. The study is available for public comment in preparation for MARR’s upcoming program renewal.  CARI will be submitting comments.
  • China has begun confiscating imported waste shipments as part of a one-year anti-smuggling campaign called National Sword 2017. One report claims the campaign has resulted in “the confiscation of 22,100 tonnes of foreign waste including electronic, plastic and household materials.”
  • The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has released the final Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy. The strategy outlines how the province will shift to a circular economy by setting a vision and goals, articulating key government actions, and identifying key performance measures. Read the strategy here.

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