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Food waste to be banned from disposal, landfill as Ontario moves towards waste free, circular economy

Food waste to be banned from disposal, landfill as Ontario moves towards waste free, circular economy

The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change for Ontario has released an unusually detailed outline of the government’s plans to transform Ontario into a zero-waste, circular economy in which 80 per cent of waste will be diverted from landfill by the year 2050. Achieving this “visionary goal” will require producers to take full responsibility… Continue Reading

Plastic pollution of the oceans must stop now: UN

Plastic pollution of the oceans must stop now: UN

The oceans of the world are filling up with plastic litter, killing marine animals of all kinds, and eventually finding its way into our bodies as we consume seafood. That’s the reality the world faces, in a nutshell. The numbers are almost too large to be meaningful: 300 million tonnes of plastic used each year;… Continue Reading

Energy, water consumption reporting regulation now in effect for Ontario condos, businesses

Energy, water consumption reporting regulation now in effect for Ontario condos, businesses

A new Ontario government regulation requiring large, privately owned buildings, including condominiums, to report their energy and water consumption, is now in force. Ontario Regulation 20/17, known as the Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWBR) initiative, applies to buildings that are 50,000 square feet and larger. In addition to energy and water consumption, greenhouse… Continue Reading

Urban density reduces greenhouse emissions: study

Urban density reduces greenhouse emissions: study

Densification is one of those difficult concepts that can perplex people no matter where they stand on the issue of urban growth. There are plenty of pro-densification, anti-sprawl types who live in comfortable homes on older, tree-lined streets in central Toronto, and who would be appalled by the idea of building a high-rise condo building… Continue Reading

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