Trade, Cannabis, and a CARI member discount.



Vol. 23, Issue 10, October 2018



Last month, NAFTA was replaced by a new trade deal called the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). Though we may all feel some relief that an agreement has been reached, more steps must be taken before it is ratified. In the U.S., for example, the proposed deal still has to face stakeholder consultations and a public comment period. All three party countries still need parliamentary approval of the deal, as well.

For scrap recyclers, the new trade deal looks very similar to the old one, with one exception: language has been added to support industry specifications being used for materials crossing borders, though particular specifications haven’t been defined.

Most importantly, Rules of Origin classifications for waste and scrap have not changed and scrap remains tariff-free.

Unfortunately, the tariffs on steel and aluminum levied by President Trump during USMCA negotiations are still in place. Industry organizations in all three countries are lobbying to see them removed, and our hope is that a great deal of effort will be focussed on this issue now that NAFTA negotiations are finished.

We will continue to work alongside our U.S. and Mexican counterparts in the recycling industry to advocate for you, and we’ll provide updates about any changes to these tariffs.

Matthew Zubick,
CARI Chair

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We will be announcing a special CARI member discount for ISRI’s 2019 Convention & Exposition in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned for details!



We regret to inform members of the passing of Jeffrey Shaffer, one of the founders of Peel Scrap Metal. Jeff and his brother-in-law Gary Dvorkin founded Peel Scrap Metal in 1990 and have since grown the company into three locations with more than twenty employees. CARI staff and board members extend our sympathies to Jeff’s family and friends. Read a memorial here.




As of October 17, 2018, recreational cannabis is legal in Canada. In light of this, it is important for employers to review workplace safety policies. Here are some resources to help you do so:


Canadian Occupational Safety Video:
How should I update my safety policies in light of cannabis legalization?


Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Report:
Workplace Strategies: Risk of Impairment from Cannabis
(Includes Sample Workplace Policy Regarding Impairment, and other tools).


Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety general contact info for individual provinces and territories:



CARI is pleased to provide the opportunity to advertise your company’s products and services directly on the CARI website in the form of a web banner.

Together with our publishing partner, MultiView Inc., we are bringing you closer to your audience and connecting your business with the buyers you need.

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about how to feature your company on the CARI website, please call Candice Muldrow, Sr. Manager, Partnerships, at 972-373-2049.

As always, we appreciate your support. Please contact Marie Binette, CARI’s Communications Manager at 613-857-0475 with any additional concerns or questions.



Innovative Solutions Canada, a government-funded program meant to boost Canadian innovation, has released a new set of challenges for small businesses to solve. The program provides funding to Canadian businesses and innovators to develop new products that will fix certain problems or challenges. The current list seeks solutions to several problems related to plastics waste. Read more about the program and funding opportunities here.

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