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The Canadian Biogas Association (CBA) has recently released a new proposed standard, the Canadian Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Guideline, with a “view to assist[ing] stakeholders in siting, design, approval, and operations of AD facilities that process food and other organic waste materials in Canada.”   The timing for the release of the new standard, with comments due September 11, 2019, could not be more opportune. AD as Regulatory Strategy AD has long been one of the few…

As part of the legal directive to transfer current government-overseen waste diversion obligations to a privately-run Individual Producer Responsibility regime (IPR), the Ontario Ministry of the Environment is currently holding consultations with stakeholders in the electronics/electrical equipment (EEE) and batteries industries regarding the coming circular economy regulation for EEE and batteries (and their packaging) and key decisions affecting industry are in the process of being made. What’s the Mandate? In understanding the anticipated reach of…

Much has been made of the dramatic impacts that China’s “National Sword” (preceded by the more modest “Green Fence”) has had on the international movements of recyclable materials. Specifically, China’s decision to curtail the types of recyclable plastics it would accept has had a trinity of detrimental effects upon many developed world recycling markets: there has been a significant surplus of recyclables growing at collection points without a clear market; much of the content is…

This past week Jonathan Cocker presented Supply Chains to Waste Diversion: Global Progress Towards a Circular Economy and Emerging Topics during the International Environmental Conference in Chicago, Illinois on June 20th – 22nd, 2018. Jonathan discussed the new Circular Economy framework introduced under Ontario’s Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act in 2016 and how the rise of Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) will ensure compliance within the free market for resource recovery and waste diversion as…

Jonathan Cocker co-presented and spoke at the breakout session “Sustainability: What’s Driving the Agenda and How Can Your Business Evolve to Meet and Stay Ahead of Demand?” alongside Christine Constantine, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility (Baker McKenzie), Jeremy Schwartz, Ex CEO (The Body Shop), Julia Dickenson, Senior Associate (Baker McKenzie), Emily Tilden-Smith, Associate (Baker McKenzie), and Francesca Richmond, Partner, Dispute Resolution (Baker McKenzie), during the Luxury Law Summit which took place at the Ham Yard…

Jonathan Cocker will be co-presenting the breakout session “Sustainability: What’s Driving the Agenda and How Can Your Business Evolve to Meet and Stay Ahead of Demand?” alongside Christine Constantine, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility (Baker McKenzie), Jeremy Schwartz, Ex CEO (The Body Shop), Julia Dickenson, Senior Associate (Baker McKenzie), and Francesca Richmond, Partner, Dispute Resolution (Baker McKenzie), at the upcoming Luxury Law Summit taking place at the Ham Yard Hotel in London, England on May…