THE PULSE Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries Vol. 19, Issue 9, September 2014



Vol. 19, Issue 9, September 2014





Working in a scrap yard exposes us to a wide range of potential dangers. Although most of us are aware of many of the hazards in our daily operation, some dangers seem so rare it is easy to think “that could never happen here.”

Last month a mortar round caused a deadly explosion at a recycling facility near St. Louis. This tragedy reminds us of potential dangers that could be hidden in loads of scrap.
Some members may remember that several years ago CARI partnered with the Department of National Defense to seek out unexploded ordnances in the scrap supply stream. DND’s Unexploded Explosive Ordinance (UXO) Program has safely recovered dangerous material from some members’ yards.

The UXO program retrieved 39 items from scrapyards in 2010, 11 of which were explosive devices*. Companies that had explosive material found on their properties know that they now have a safer yard, and they may have prevented serious injury, if not death, to one of their employees, customers or family members.

Safety has always been a concern for our industry, which is why CARI has undertaken programs like the Health and Safety Manual and partnerships like this one with DND. I strongly encourage you to make use of the safety programs and materials we offer, because it is a matter of life and death.

Adam Chisick

CARI Chair

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Hyatt Regency Hotel Toronto
Monday, October 20, 2014

Have you registered for CARI’s Consumers’ Night? As CARI members know, this event is the premier networking opportunity for the Canadian recycling industry. You’ll have a chance to talk to representatives from some of the biggest consumers in North America. Don’t miss out! Early registration ends October 13. Register today.

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  • Companies whose AQSIQ license expires by December 31, 2014 must apply for renewal before September 30, 2014. Failure to renew the application on time will result in the license’s being cancelled after its expiry date.
  • The Canadian Standards Association has launched a 45-day public consultation period for the TECHNICAL GUIDE: Recycling process, audit and verification Guideline for Ontario. CSA says the guideline is not meant as a regulation. Although it was developed for the Ontario, it may be used in a broader application. View the proposed guideline here.
  • Nova Scotia’s Department of Environment is preparing to increase items that would fall under its product stewardship framework. Products under a full stewardship plans would include packaging and printed paper; batteries; vehicle fluid products and the containers; oil, oil filters, oil containers; electronic waste; microwaves; floor printers and photocopiers.
  • Metro Vancouver has introduced a flow control bylaw that will allow the municipality to increase tipping fees from a $108 per tonne to at least $157 per tonne.
  • EPR Canada released a province-by-province rundown of 2013 progress in EPR across the country. The report says that while all provinces have begun introducing, expanding and implementing EPR programs for a wide range of materials, producers cannot be held to their commitments without those product-specific targets.

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