NEWSLETTER OF THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF RECYCLING INDUSTRIES
Vol. 21, Issue 1, January 2016
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
For many companies, the start of the year means creating new business goals, with lowering expenses being a top priority. A low dollar, volatile markets, and a harsh business climate means saving money will be of paramount concern in 2016.
CARI’s key initiative aligns with the goal of cutting costs, as our main objective is to improve the economic position of our member companies. To do so, the association offers a number of programs and services which can help make doing business easier and more affordable.
In 2015, several CARI members purchased from NASCO-OP and will receive a dividend of 0.5%. Membership in NASCO-OP, the recycling industry’s co-operative program, is free for CARI members. The more members who purchase supplies and equipment through the co-op, the larger the dividends paid to those purchasers.
Many CARI members took advantage of Group Health Insurance rates with Agro Insurance and a number of members received group rates for Property and Casualty Insurance with Cowan Insurance. These programs both offer reduced rates for CARI members and are administered by people who understand the unique demands of our industry.
Beyond offering programs and services that directly affect companies’ bottom lines, CARI helps members grow their business networks by hosting events throughout the year. CARI also distributes safety and insurance tips in monthly newsletters, and supplies HR and Health and Safety manuals online, which can help prevent costly fines and unfortunate accidents. Finally, CARI lobbies on your business’s behalf to help prevent unnecessary proposed legislation that could curb business or cause financial hardship.
Educational resources are accessible on CARI’s website, and those who’ve yet to sign up for a online password for the members’ area of the site should get in touch with CARI staff to do so. Face-to-face networking may still be key for sales transactions, but digital sources boast a wealth of useful information.
Take advantage of our program offerings and keep informed on upcoming events through CARI’s website and bi-monthly newsletters. If you discover another cost-saving service you’d like us to provide, please let us know.
SWITCH OUT PROGRAM
New CARI members are encouraged to take part in the award-winning Switch Out automotive mercury switch collection program. Once you’ve submitted your free online registration form, program administrators will provide you with a collection container, training and education resources to aid in proper switch handling, and a pre-paid courier waybill to return your collection bin when it is full. Contact CARI staff for more information.
- The Ministry of Environment has given British Columbia’s Fraser Valley Regional District permission to build a mixed-waste facility as part of a 10-year solid waste management plan. The mixed-waste site and existing curbside recycling program would run concurrently in an effort to raise the region’s waste diversion rates from 51 to 90 percent by 2025.
- Canadian Pacific (CP) has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review recent meetings of some Class 1 railroad companies that have stated publicly they will attempt to block significant mergers in the railroad industry, including CP’s proposal to acquire Norfolk Southern Corp. (NS). In a letter to the Department of Justice, CP submits that major competitors are likely violating competition law by working together to prevent the proposed merger and thereby restraining trade unnecessarily.
Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
130 Albert Street Suite 1906
Ottawa, On K1P 5G4