THE PULSE Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries Volume 21, No. 9, September 2016



Vol. 21, Issue 9, September 2016



CARI staff and I recently travelled across Canada to meet with members for our Regional Chapter Meetings. Attendance was up across the board from last year, with a great turn out in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, and in Moncton.

One of our speakers, Scott Aikin from RadComm Systems joined us for the duration of the trip. At our first three meetings, Scott gave a presentation on complicated inspection requirements for importing to India. CARI President, Tracy Shaw explained that CARI is actively working with the Metal Recycling Association of India, ISRI, and other associations to improve India’s inspection requirements.

In British Columbia, we heard from Gil Yaron from Product Care, who informed us of the upcoming consultation period for stewardship policy regulating the disposal of outdoor power equipment.

Calgary’s meeting saw a political science professor from the University of Calgary provide us with some peace of mind regarding the upcoming U.S. election. Dr. Kim-Lee Tuxhorn explained that regardless of which candidate wins, the U.S./Canada trade relationship should remain relatively stable.

In Winnipeg, Scott gave two presentations, with the second explaining various radioactive sources his company has come across worldwide. His talk included a number of slides showing radioactive sources to look out for in our yards.

In Moncton, Gerard MacLellan from the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) discussed the electronics stewardship program the EPRA will soon be implementing in New Brunswick. His presentation led to a very useful discussion about how this stewardship program affects electronics recycling in the provinces that already have it. Members also suggested that working on our industry’s image might be one way to boost governments’ willingness to work with us on policy matters.

Participating in CARI events and making your voice heard is extremely important. CARI staff works for you, so take the opportunity to reach out to them with your questions or concerns, and join us at events. Next month, we are holding our annual Consumers’ Night in Toronto, which is a networking event attended by representatives from consumer companies, CARI’s board members, and members from across Canada and the United States.

Please reach out to CARI’s Director of Events, Donna, if you have any questions about registration at [email protected] or 705-835-1592. Visit to register.

Dan Klufas,
CARI Chair

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It’s time to return your mercury switches!

The Switch Out collection sweep is on now. Please remember to return your mercury switches and any extra pails that you no longer need by October 14th.

If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Sturk at (416) 922-2448 ext. 286 or [email protected]

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Join Us in Toronto
for our
19th Annual Consumers’ Night

The registration deadline is next Friday, Sept. 7.

Click here to register online.

Click here for a paper registration form.

Please contact Donna with any questions at [email protected] or 705-835-1592.

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  • Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has set rebar dumping margins in a trade case against six nations. Belarus, Japan, Hong Kong, Portugal, Spain, and Taiwan have all been targeted for excess rebar imports between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016. The CBSA investigated steel imports at the request of several of Canada’s steelmakers. The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) will make a preliminary ruling by October 19.
  • In a new mandate letter to Glen Murray, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), Premier Kathleen Wynne has asked to begin implementing the Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario. Specifically, consultations are to take place to ensure that transitioning the blue box program (including changing the role of municipalities) will not negatively impact Ontarians’ blue box access or usage.
  • ISRI has announced its support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP). In a letter to congress, association leadership stated that the trade agreement would eliminate tariffs on scrap commodities and equipment exports, which could lead to millions of dollars in additional sales revenues for the U.S. recycling business.

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