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The aviation industry has been hard-hit by the recent pandemic. In many, though not all countries, environmental performance conditions have been placed upon bailouts of various aviation stakeholders. For instance, in Canada, airlines and others receiving federal relief funds must both report and plan on climate change and related sustainability performance and initiatives. With aviation’s recovery in the spotlight, the industry needs to show progress on some environmental metrics, including waste, which will invariably lead…

Governments across the globe are grappling with the growing problem of plastic pollution, which threatens wildlife, marine ecosystems and may negatively impact human health. To deal with this threat, the Government of Canada is demonstrating leadership by pledging to increase plastic waste diversion, reduce single-use plastic in its operations, meetings and events, and procure sustainable plastic products. In September 2019, the federal government put out a Request for Information (RFI) on upcoming requirements on packaging…

Jonathan Cocker will moderate a webinar hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank on Plastics Regulation & the Circular Economy in the Pacific Alliance COVID-19 times and beyond. Panelists include Denisa Mertiri, Green Earth Strategy (Canada); Mariana Herrero S, Galicia (Mexico); Guillermo Tejeiro Gutiérrez, Brigard Urrutia (Colombia); Francisco Tong, Rodrigo Elias & Medrano (Peru); Julio Recordon, Carey (Chile). Save the date: July 22, 2020 from 11:00 to 12:30 EST Stay tuned. Details on registration to follow.

Jonathan Cocker will be moderating a panel on International Developments in Single-Use Plastics Bans hosted by be Waste Wise on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 10:00 AM EST. Register Now

While all States and Territories across Australia except for New South Wales have now banned single-use lightweight plastic bags, moves towards the phase out of other single-use plastics are still at the public consultation stages. The Queensland Government is the latest to seek public submissions on a proposed ban on the supply of plastic straws, stirrers, plates, cutlery, coffee and other cups, and heavyweight plastic bags. It joins the South Australian, Western Australian and the…

The COVID-19 pandemic has shattered the world economy, including throughout Africa. Among the global reflections in its aftermath, whether related to the current virus or otherwise, are the need for rigorous sanitation practices and the shared vulnerabilities we all have to unhealthy (and environmentally harmful) practices anywhere. Thoughts will soon turn from the medical crisis to the economic crisis, where a need to kickstart new revenue-generating activities will arise. And this is where consideration would…

COVID 19 Disrupts Cross-Border Waste and Recyclables Flow In light of all the actions being taken by all levels of government to address the spread of the coronavirus, it is worth considering its impact on the waste management sector in Canada. For most, how waste is collected and where it is taken, is not a daily consideration. And yet, it is one of the most important public health and safety considerations. Canadian Waste Industry Vulnerable to US Shutdown…

The aviation industry, broadly understood, has long been the source of substantial waste management challenges, both for the host airports themselves and for the communities in which they are situated. It is only very recently that much attention has been paid to addressing these aviation waste practices and, to date, no meaningful integrated strategy, capturing all aviation waste materials across the supply chain, has emerged. And yet, with recent seismic shifts in air travel demand,…

With all of the talk from the Government of Canada about the coming laws targeting single-use plastics (SUP), it’s worth asking whether the Parliament has such powers and what’s needed for them to act on SUP. After all, the federal government has ceded much of its role to the provinces and territories which regulate over environmental protection generally, including most waste management matters, and some provinces have expressed hostility and a willingness to commence legal…