NEWSLETTER OF THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF RECYCLING INDUSTRIES
Vol. 20, Issue 6, October 2015
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
October will likely be a defining month of 2015. Volatile economic projections, global trade agreements, and a federal election are about to converge, and these events will affect business in our industry and shape how CARI advocates on behalf of its members for months to come. Of perhaps even greater relevance is the attention economists and government officials are paying to the ‘green economy’, as of late. The concept suggests the environment and economy must work together. If this strategy is put into practice properly, it might offer financial benefits to our industry in the future.
October also marks the end of CARI’s 2015 formal event calendar. With our 18th Annual Consumers’ Night occurring in less than a week, it is well worth reflecting on the value association events provide to our members.
Despite social media’s ability to forge new paths for building business networks, the importance of authentic face-to-face interactions cannot be understated. Making personal connections is essential for business growth. Attending association events can also help ensure that those lobbying on your behalf, namely CARI’s staff and board members, know exactly what issues you’d like to see addressed.
Beyond the value of making quality business connections, CARI event attendees gain insight on innovative technologies and how to implement LEAN practices, on developments in scrap theft regulations, and perspective on the future state of the economy. These are just a few of the topics discussed at CARI’s Annual Convention this past June in Newfoundland, and at annual fall chapter meetings held last week.
We are committed to providing our members with cost saving solutions, strong advocacy, and the opportunity to grow your business, regardless of the state of industry and the economy on the whole. One of the ways we meet these objectives is by hosting association events, where we connect members with industry experts, create learning opportunities, and attract potential customers.
CARI’s 18th Annual Consumers’ Night is your chance to enjoy one last event before the year’s end. Join CARI’s staff in Toronto on October 19, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel for the premier networking opportunity for the Canadian recycling industry.
CARI STAFF UPDATE
CARI is pleased to welcome our new Communications Manager, Marie Binette, to the team. Prior to joining CARI, Marie was a Copy Editor and Writer for the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, where she researched and wrote articles, and edited the association’s biweekly newsletter, bimonthly magazine, and online content.
Marie holds both a Bachelor and Master of Arts in English Literature. She is an avid traveller and reader. When she has a bit of free time, she trains for the occasional half-marathon and tries to improve her cooking skills. She is eager to learn more about the industry, and sustainability in general. Members will have the chance to meet Marie at Consumers’ Night in Toronto this month.
AQSIQ RENEWAL REMINDER
Members are encouraged to check the expiration date of your AQSIQ license. For licenses expiring on April 30, 2016, the renewal time is between November 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016.
AQSIQ licenses need to be renewed 3-6 months prior to the license expiry date. Companies failing to do so will see their licenses cancelled after expiration and will be disallowed from exporting to mainland China. If you have changed your company name, company address, or company legal representative since you received the AQSIQ License, you need to update it on time. It appears that, if both your company name and company legal representative are changed, you need to apply for a new license.
- CARI member SENNEBOGEN has named fellow member, Mississauga, ON-based, Strongco Corp. to distribute its Green Line of material handlers north of Montreal and in parts of southern Quebec. Strongco currently distributes SENNEBOGEN equipment in Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island, and will serve customers in Quebec’s forestry industry and those in the scrap and recycling, steel, and waste handling industries, among others.
- ISRI representative Eric Harris and BIR’s Ross Bartley successfully prevented the European Union from defining the scrap recycling industry as a “recovery” operation rather than a “recycling” operation while engaged in a Small Intercessional Working Group (SIWG) on Legal Clarity in Geneva, Switzerland. The SIWG was brought together to finalize a glossary of terms. Terms including ecycling, recovery, reuse, repair, refurbishment, and waste v. non-waste have not been defined and could directly impact the industry and the Basel Convention. Preventing proposals that would define recyclers, as “pre-processors” is critical to ensuring terms remain appropriately defined and legally justifiable.
- A new measure approved by the California legislature would provide a sales tax exemption on equipment purchased by companies involved in the recycling business. ISRI is an early supporter of the bill, which includes those companies and manufacturers involved in e-waste or electrical recycling. If passed, those companies based outside of California with operations or plants within the state could also take advantage of the tax exclusion.
Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
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