NEWSLETTER OF THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF RECYCLING INDUSTRIES
Vol. 24, Issue 3, March 2019
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Some of the most important work CARI does is to advocate for free and fair trade of recyclable materials. One particular international trade issue has been of great concern for us in the past year.
Proposed amendments to the Basel Convention could mean significant changes to the recycling industry.
What is the Basel Convention?
- Global environmental treaty meant to limit the movement of hazardous waste between nations (especially from developed to less developed countries)
- Sets outs conditions for exporting waste and recyclable materials
Defines recyclable material and who is a recycler
How could amendments to Basel affect CARI members?
- Proposed changes could restrict and control scrap exports and redefine who can call themselves a recycler
- These amendments could cause a trickle down effect and influence changes to definitions in international and Canadian environmental legislation that regulates recyclers
How is CARI involved?
Canada has a representative participating in the working group meetings held to discuss proposed changes to the Basel Convention. CARI's President has met with this representative in person and by phone to discuss what proposed changes could mean for the recycling industry.
Adina Renee Adler, ISRI's senior director for government relations and international affairs, will provide an update on this issue during the Trade Panel session at CARI's 78th Annual Convention in Mont Tremblant, June 6-8.
Please contact CARI President, Tracy Shaw, at 613-728-6946 or [email protected] with any questions.
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INDIA PLASTICS BAN UPDATE
On March 6, the Indian government announced a ban on all scrap plastic imports. It was assumed that this ban was effective immediately. This is not the case. A memo from the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on March 7 states that the ban will come into effect August 31, 2019. READ MORE
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
NEW CARI PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY
CARI is currently discussing a partnership opportunity with a national fuel supplier, which could mean a discount on propane for CARI members. The supplier wants to know more about our industry and has requested that we provide estimates on how much fuel our members use.
Please contact Tracy at 613-728-6946 or [email protected] to share your company's monthly propane needs. Any information you can provide could help secure a new partnership for CARI members and more savings for your business.
CARI IN THE NEWS
CARI staff 'Last Word' column in Recycling Product News, March 2019 issue.
Read HERE (Page 61)
RADIOACTIVE SOURCES DISCOVERED IN SCRAP
CARI received the following report from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission:
In recent months on four separate occasions, radioactive sources containing Cobalt 60 (Co-60) were found in scrap metal containers originating from Nigeria, purchased on the international scrap metal market: on November 13, 2018, January 28, 2019 and March 7, 2019 in the Netherlands and on January 11, 2019 in Germany respectively. All four events were communicated to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
In all cases, the sources were discovered as a result of the triggering of alarms of radiation detection portal monitors. The radioactive sources containing Co-60 were dangerous radioactive sources, according to the IAEA categorization of sources, and were not shielded. A dangerous radioactive source could cause permanent injury to a person who handled it, or was otherwise in contact with it, for some hours.
Notify the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission in the following situations:
• an orphan source is found
• a radiation device is found (industrial devices such as level gauges, portable gauges, fixed gauges, etc.)
• a device containing a radium luminous compound is found
• the radiation field exceeds 25 μSv/h
• loose contamination is detected
• the source of radiation is not identified
CNSC can be contacted at 1-888-229-2672, or through the CNSC duty officer at 613-995-0479, for further instructions.
The Government of Nova Scotia has added a host of products to existing extended producer responsibility programs in the province. Effective March 1, 2020, electronics including microwaves, e-book readers, video game systems and more will be banned from landfills. READ MORE
78th Annual Convention
June 6-8, 2019
CARI National Summer Event
A Night at the Blue Jays Game
August 8, 2019
October 21, 2019
79th Annual Convention
June 11-13, 2020
Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
PO Box 67094 Westboro
Ottawa ON K2A 4E4
Email: [email protected]