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Blue Box funding- change coming

The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, told the Canadian Waste to Resources conference this week that he would have a new Waste Diversion law introduced into the Legislature, and passed, in 2015. Hopefully, it will clean up many of the drafting and design problems that bedevil the current Waste Diversion Act, [...]

Farm Animals, Manure and Environmental Law

Here is Meredith's presentation on Farm Animals, Manure and Environmental Law for the Animal Law section of the OBA. The presentation focuses on the manure produced by farm animals. In particular, the presentation looks at how manure is regulated and how violations of the acts governing nutrient management and discharges to the environment are enforced. Recent case [...]

Environment Minister: more consultation on used batteries

Ontario's new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, has intervened decisively to stop Waste Diversion Ontario from approving now two controversial proposed Industry Stewardship Plans: one from Call2Recycle for used batteries, and one from Product Care Association for used paints and coatings, before his new waste reduction law is introduced and passed. On July [...]

Good news: clarity to come on single use battery “recycling” in Ontario

What should count as battery "recycling"? Is it good enough to melt single use batteries into nickel mill slag, which is put in roadbeds as “aggregate”? Or should we insist on up-cycling end of life batteries, i.e. carefully separating and reusing each of the hazardous components, as is now done under Ontario’s CMHSW program (Orange Drop) program? Waste [...]

De-polluting end of life vehicles, at last?

After years of effort by Ontario's mainstream auto recyclers, in cooperation with automobile manufacturers, the Ministry of the Environment is getting close to a permit-by-rule system for recycling end of life vehicles. Given the elaborate market that already exists for vehicle recycling, this is far better than the MOE's standard "extended producer responsibility" model for [...]

$17,500 penalty for importing hazardous batteries without permit

Toxco Waste Management Ltd., of Trail, B.C., was ordered to pay $17,500 to the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) by the Provincial Court of British Columbia after pleading guilty to importing waste lithium batteries exceeding the limit set out in its import permit. This action contravened the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations (EIHWHRMR) of [...]