THE PULSE Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries Volume 19, No. 10, October 2014


Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries

Volume 19, No. 10, October 2014





Making good and lasting connections is essential in our business, which is why CARI offers events like last month’s Chapter meetings and this month’s Consumers’ Night.

Connections and collaborations are also an essential component of how CARI works. Just as our industry’s voice is made stronger by our Association, CARI’s voice on the international stage can be strengthened by working with other associations.

Last month CARI staff and I met with ISRI staff to discuss common industry issues and trends and ways we might come together for the better of the industry. CARI’s relationship with ISRI has always been important to both industries, not least because our countries are among each other’s biggest trading partners.

Unsurprisingly, trade issues were on the agenda at our meeting, including the World Trade Organization’s proposed Environmental Goods Agreement. ISRI and BIR have expressed support for the ways in which this Agreement could be beneficial to the international recycling industry. We believe adding our voice to ISRI’s and the BIR’s makes a stronger argument in support of our industry. CARI submitted comments on the proposed plan to the Canadian representative from Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and will continue to monitor the progress of the Agreement.

Later this month, CARI will attend the BIR’s roundtables to further our industry’s presence on the international stage. Just as CARI’s networking events can strengthen your business, meetings like these can be the framework for a stronger global industry, and in turn, a stronger Canadian industry.


Adam Chisick

CARI Chair

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CARI’s Consumers’ Night

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! Register today.

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Switch Out Collection Sweep

The Switch Out program’s October collection sweep is now underway and we would like to remind you to return your collection container by October 17th, 2014, even if you have just one switch! By returning your collection container early, you will ensure that your switches are counted this month.

Simply call Purolator’s toll-free number (1-888-SHIP-123) to arrange for a free pick-up. Please remember to record the waybill number as proof of shipment!

Remember: participants that return switches at least once every 6 months will be included on Switch Out’s list of active recyclers and dismantlers  Your steel buyers can check this list to ensure that your company is complying with the CSPA’s “Zero Mercury” scrap purchasing policy.

If you have any questions about the October collection sweep and would like to request any materials from us, please contact Alan Sovran at [email protected] or (416) 922-2448 ext. 345.

Thank you for your participation!

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  • Late last month, members of the World Trade Organization and the European Union met in Geneva to discuss creating an Environmental Services and Goods Agreement. Such an agreement could lead to a reduction or elimination of tariffs and nontariff barriers on machinery and equipment used for sorting and processing scrap, among other items.
  • The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers has published a list of model bale specification for polypropylene (PP) containers. The specifications are designed to reduce contamination, and to provide a guideline to the bale composition’s market value. The list can be viewed here:
  • Late this month the greater Saint John area will vote on whether to keep the community recycling depots and home compost pickup, or to add curbside collection for cardboard, metal and plastic. The collection program would cost municipalities an extra $1 million.
  • Household recycling rates in the city of Winnipeg are higher than ever. The city earned $8.2 million by selling its recyclable materials last year. Of the 53,657 metric tonnes of recyclable material collected, 69% was paper, while only 1% was aluminum beverage containers. The city estimates around $1 million worth of cans continue to be sent to landfill.

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