THE PULSE Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries Vol. 20, Issue 5, May/June 2015


Vol. 20, Issue 5, May/June 2015





As CARI members, we operate our businesses in adherence to CARI’s guiding principles, which includes ensuring all employees understand and are able to fulfill their safety and environmental responsibilities and complying with all legal requirements that affect its operations and products.

As part of its transition to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace chemicals, Canada has now amended the Hazardous Products Act and the WHMIS requirements for hazard classification and communication. This modified WHMIS is referred to as WHMIS 2015, and it is being rolled out in three phases. During Phase 1 (between now until May 31, 2017), suppliers must comply with the new Controlled Product Regulations (CPR) and Hazardous Products Regulations.

The roles and responsibilities for suppliers, employers and workers have not changed under WHMIS 2015. However, the system now includes harmonized criteria for hazard classification and requirements for labels and safety data sheets (SDS).

Employers will continue to train workers on the hazards and safe use of products in the workplace, ensure that hazardous materials are properly labelled, and prepare workplace labels and safety data sheets. Employees must still participate in WHMIS and chemical safety training programs and follow the necessary protection and safety protocols in identifying and controlling hazards.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has created a free online course to help workplaces understand the changes in WHMIS 2015, which is available at

CARI believes it is important to stay up to date with regulations that affect our industry, our businesses and our employees. If you have any questions about this or other regulations that affect your business, contact CARI staff for assistance.

Adam Chisick
CARI Chair

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June 25-27, 2015
St. John’s, Newfoundland

The 2015 CARI convention is less than two weeks away! Join us in Historic St. John’s, Newfoundland for an outstanding program of professional development, networking opportunities, and entertainment. Register today or contact Donna at 705-835-1592 for more information.

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Upstate Shredding LLC-Ben Weitsman & Son Inc. is expanding out of the United States with a deal to purchase its first Canadian assets. The Owego, N.Y.-based metals recycler and processor has signed a letter of intent to buy two facilities from Montreal-based MetroBec Inc. The terms of the sale were not disclosed. MetroBec, will divest its scrap yards in Laval and Saint-Hubert, both suburbs of Montreal. According to Upstate Shredding president, Adam Weitsman, “It is a good time to expand our reach into Canada, and the synergies are good for the company,” The Laval and Saint-Hubert facilities total about 25 acres and generate annual sales of around $65 million, according to MetroBec president Richard Leibov, who will stay on after the deal closes. “We are all very excited to work with Adam and his team. Upstate Shredding has a seven-day-a-week energy which will fit well with MetroBec’s high intensity level. The synergies between our companies will make the Montreal market a more competitive place,” Leibov said. “The Leibov family has been in this (area) for 44 years and plans to work with Adam to continue the growth of MetroBec.” MetroBec is a full service scrap metal recycler and processes ferrous and non-ferrous metals from retail and industrial accounts and processes material in a non-ferrous shredder as well as performing baling and shearing activities.

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  • The National Association for PET Container Resources has developed a new set of quality specifications for baled postconsumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The specifications have been designed to provide incentives to suppliers to improve recycled PET quality.
  • India’s Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) amended the new rules for the pre-shipment inspection procedures for scrap being imported into India, adding an option for photographing the loading, sealing and inspecting of shipments as an alternative to videotaping. The new rules also require all pre-shipment inspection agencies (PSIAs) to reapply to DGFT by June 7th as all current registrations will expire on June 30th. These requirements were driven by concerns over recent incidents of scrap shipments entering the country containing explosives, as well as radioactive material.
  • The Canadian Plastics Industry Association says recycling of plastic packaging increased across Canada by 9% last year. CPIA claims more than 80% of the plastic material reported was reclaimed in either Canada or the USA.

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