It is time to end toxic recycling: Canadian global position to abandon recycling exemption needed for a safe circular economy

Posted by Olga Speranskaya and Fe de Leon, Health and Environment Justice Support (HEJ Support) and Canadian Environmental Law Association on April 30, 2019 Health and Environment Justice Support (HEJSupport) and Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) have appealed to Environment and Climate Change…

ENGO Comments on Framework for Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment and Batteries

Title: ENGO Comments on Framework for Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment and Batteries Resource Type: Response to Consultation Content: 1246-ENGO comments - Framework for WEEE and Battery regulations # of Pages: 7 Date authored: February 20, 2019 Publication number: 1246…

Waste Reduction Week 2017: An Ontario Perspective

Posted by Richard D. Lindgren, CELA Counsel on October 16, 2017 Since 2001, “Waste Reduction Week” (October 16-20) has been coordinated by non-governmental organizations across Canada to highlight the national need to reduce the volume of waste being generated in communities and sectors throughout the…

MPs Vote to Continue Marathon Talkfest as “Strategy” for Disposal of Mercury in CFLs

Posted by Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher on February 10, 2017 When I was about seven years old I recall my mother getting very upset upon breaking a thermometer. On her knees and chasing shiny globules of mercury across the kitchen floor, she told…

Needed: nationwide action plan for recovery of toxic mercury from light bulbs

Posted by Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher and Paralegal on March 10, 2016 Many Canadians will be glad to see the end of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) with their harsh light and often flickering glow. Despite longstanding outreach campaigns, widespread ignorance persists about mercury in…

The Long and Winding Road to Zero Waste

Posted by Richard D. Lindgren, Counsel on September 6, 2013 When I first joined CELA in the mid-1980s, an intense public policy debate was well underway in Ontario on what to do with the ever-increasing amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) being generated…