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Zero-Waste Coalition challenges Energy Minister on Inclusion of EFW in FIT

Yesterday (Jan 24), the Ontario Zero-Waste Coalition led by its founder, Liz Bennian and internationally renowned ZeroWaste campaigner, Paul Connett, held a Press Conference at Queen's Park to challenge the notion that "energy from waste" is fit to be included in the FIT (Feed in Tarrif) program of the Energy Ministry's Green Energy program.

Information emerged in the last few weeks that Energy Minister Chris Bentley was considering including energy produced from burning municipal waste in the Provincial government’s
FIT program as part of the Program review that is currently underway.

"Providing a taxpayer funded subsidy to large, multinational companies to generate dirty energy is something the 22 member groups of OZWC strongly oppose." said Liz Benneian in a press release. The full release can be read here

DurhamCLEAR is part of the Coalition but did not attend the news conference. Linda Gasser and Wendy Bracken were there to represent the groups in Durham Region.

The Press conference was a follow up on a strong and detailed letter sent to Bentley on Jan 18. (attached)

Coalition of Zero-Waste and Anti-Incineration Groups submit letter to Party Leaders in run up to provincial election

In April of this year, Liz Bennian, President of the Ontario Zero-Waste Coalition, along with representatives of other organizations, met with officials of the Ministry of the Environment to encourage them to move rapidly towards the Zero-Waste vision that they had enunciated in a discussion paper almost 2 years earlier. Doug Anderson, Presient of DurhamCLEAR, was part of the delegation. They presented a letter to the Ministry with 10 specific action points including an end to incineration.

Also, on September 15, the 3 local anti-incineration groups, DuurhamCLEAR, ZeroWaste4ZeroBurning and DurhamEnvironmentWatch sent a very detailed letter authored by Wendy Bracken concerning a number of flaws in the Environmental Assessment and Certificate of Approval with particular attention on PM2.5. This letter was sent to both the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health. click here

The Ministry has not replied to either letter.

With Ontario going to the polls within the week, residents need to know where the government stands on these issues, and, should a different party form the government, we need to know where they stand as well.

To elicit a response, the coalition has sent a letter to all the party leaders as well as the media, reiterating the issues and requesting a response before the election

First-of-its-kind small appliance recycling program coming to BC

Sep 26, 2011 reprinted from Solid Waste & Recycling


British Columbians will soon be able to recycle their used or broken small appliances at over 100 convenient drop-off locations thanks to Unplugged, the Small Appliance Recycling Program.

Starting October 1, 2011, Unplugged will accept more than 120 small appliances for recycling, ranging from toasters and electric toothbrushes to countertop microwaves and vacuum cleaners.

Unplugged - the first small appliance recycling program of its kind in Canada and the only government-approved small appliance recycling program in British Columbia (B.C.) - aims to divert two million small appliances from landfills, helping to reduce pollution, save energy and protect the environment.

The program, administered by the Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association in partnership with B.C.-based Product Care Association, will also help save energy by recycling materials such as aluminum, which takes 95 per cent less energy to recycle than it does to make the material from raw resources.

After an appliance is brought to a drop-off location, it is transported to processors in Western Canada and separated into different materials, which are then recycled. Metals will be smelted down and recycled into other metal products, while plastics and glass will be sorted and sold or reused in various manufacturing processes.

As a non-profit program, Unplugged will be fully funded by a recycling fee applied to new products brought into B.C. by small appliance manufacturers and retailers.

The recycling fee covers all program costs, including collection, transportation and recycling, and may be included in a product's price or displayed as a separate charge at check-out.

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