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November 6, 2020

Ontario’s blue box transition: Bringing individual producer responsibility to packaging

On October 19, 2020, Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks released a proposed regulation to govern the Ontario blue box program under the Resource […]
November 6, 2020

When Theory Meets Practice: Lessons from Decades of Packaging EPR Experiences in Europe

Ontario is undertaking a transition to full extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging and paper products under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act (the “RRCEA”). […]
November 6, 2020

Commentary: Listing Plastics as Toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act

On October 7, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) announced a preliminary list of single-use plastic items the federal government seeks to ban by next year. […]
September 18, 2020

Old Challenges, New Arguments: Lessons from the Industry Lawsuit Against New York State’s Plastic Bag Ban

New York State’s single-use plastic bag ban implemented pursuant to the Bag Reduction Act (the “BRA” or the “Act”), took effect on March 1st of this […]
July 15, 2020

The Pitfalls of Shared Responsibility: Lessons in Recycling from the Ontario Blue Box Funding Arbitration

The Blue Box funding arbitration in Ontario brings into focus some of the challenges of allocating responsibility among various actors in a recycling system. It provides […]
June 29, 2020

Canada’s Position on Packaging: The Upcoming Requirements for Federal Procurement

by JONATHAN D. COCKER AND DENISA MERTIRI  Governments across the globe are grappling with the , which threatens wildlife, marine ecosystems and may negatively impact human health. To deal with […]
June 17, 2020

Local Loops: Bringing the Circular Economy to Canadian Cities

In March 2020, the EU released its new Circular Economy Action Plan to accelerate the transformational change required by the European Green Deal. The plan aims […]
May 26, 2020

There’s Always Next Time: Smart City Planning After Sidewalk Labs

Earlier this month, Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent Alphabet, announced that it would no longer be transfoming Toronto’s waterfront into a futuristic neighbourhood. In […]
May 5, 2020

Biodegradable or Compostable Plastics and the Transition to a Circular Economy

As part of its Circular Economy Action Plan, the EU Commission has been studying plastic products that are marketed as “biodegradable” or “compostable” and the extent to […]
May 8, 2014

Single-Use Plastic Bans and the Lawsuits That Threaten Them

Growing media attention has been placed on the potential impacts facing the marine environment and human health due to the rapidly growing use of single-use products […]

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