NEWSLETTER OF THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF RECYCLING INDUSTRIES
Vol. 25, Issue 5, May 2020
PROVINCIAL STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS REMAIN FRONT AND CENTRE
Even while juggling a range or priorities amid the pandemic, CARI continues to actively advocate for the industry by consulting on important developments and expansions of provincial stewardship programs such as Ontario’s Blue Box Program.
In light of the pandemic, the Province extended the submission deadline for Stewardship Ontario’s transition plan, but the December 31, 2020 deadline to approve the plan remains unchanged. Because the proposed plan will have significant impacts on the management of many materials, CARI continues to engage with authorities and participate in consultations.
As stewardship programs are developed and expanded for a wide range of materials in every province, CARI’s advocacy work in this area has been steadily increasing and we’ve recently seen some positive results for our efforts. Last year CARI and fellow associations advocated for the exclusion of lead acid batteries in Ontario’s Battery Regulations, citing their extremely high recycling rates as evidence that no additional regulation was necessary. When the final regulations were released this spring, we were pleased to see that vehicle batteries were excluded.
We hope to report similar positive outcomes in the coming months. In the meantime, we will continue to ensure that our members’ interests are represented.
As always, please stay safe.
BIR GLOBAL eFORUM SESSIONS ARE FREE FOR CARI MEMBERS
The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) begins its Global eForum, a series of online commodity sessions, on Tuesday 2 June, 2020 with the Spotlight on Trade: Impact of Pandemic on Global Markets. BIR has kindly opened this and other commodity sessions to non-BIR members.
The eForum sessions and panel discussions will provide a comprehensive view and understanding of the current status of the recycling industry, markets, logistic issues, and options to overcome this trying period and prepare for the global restart when it comes.
To register for any of the sessions, CARI members may click on the “Register now” button next to each session title here.
THE NEW NAFTA GOES INTO EFFECT ON CANADA DAY
Now that all three countries have ratified it, the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) will go into effect and thereby replace NAFTA on July 1, 2020.
The U.S., Canada, and Mexico are now crafting the “Uniform Regulations” that address the interpretation and application of Chapters of CUSMA, including those concerning rules of origin, customs administration, and trade facilitation. The Uniform Regulations must be issued by the date CUSMA comes into force.
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEMBERS
Heng Hup Holdings Limited in Malaysia, a scrap metal operator for more than 24 years, is seeking scrap recycling companies that offer export services from Canada. Interested parties can reach out to [email protected] or +6012 969 903
A company located in the Toronto area is seeking to purchase an ongoing recycling business or transfer station with current approved licenses and ECAs in place. The purchased business would be ideally located in Toronto or possibly other locations in southwest Ontario. Interested parties should reach out to CARI president Tracy Shaw.
- The Ontario Government has launched a new app that can help truck drivers stay safe, fed, and rested during COVID-19.
- The Conference Board of Canada has released a report on how COVID-19 disruptions could lead to long-term changes in how businesses manage their supply chains.
- The United Arab Emirates (UAB) has suspended exports of ferrous scrap and paper as of 15 May, 2020 for a period of four months. The banned ferrous grades have HS codes 720410, 720421, 720429, 720430, 720441, 720449, and 720450, while banned paper grades are 470710, 470720, 470730, and 470790.