Recycling

Options to Increase Recycling Rates for Agricultural Containers – CleanFARMS, 2014 (810)

CleanFARMS runs a voluntary recovery program for agricultural containers (fertilizer, pesticides, grain bags). Kelleher Environmental was commissioned to develop estimates of actual recovery rates by container category (by province) and develop strategy options to increase those rates.

Recycling Trends Analysis – City of Calgary, 2014 (808)

In May 2014, in an effort to better forecast and prepare for future tonnages and material types, and to target communication and education for the program in the future, the City of Calgary commissioned CM Consulting (in association with Kelleher Environmental and Source Resource Management) to conduct research to study the factors that are influencing a downward trend in recycling. A summary of the study’s findings can be found here.

Characterization & Management of Construction, Renovation, and Demolition Waste in Canada: Foundation Document – Environment Canada, 2013-2015 (801)

Researched the current infrastructure for management of CRD waste in Canada and best practices and technologies to increase its diversion.  This work supports efforts by Environment Canada and other interested stakeholders to improve knowledge of Substances of Interest in CRD waste relating to the Chemical Management Plan.

Diversion vs. Net Cost Analysis for the Ontario Blue Box System – Continuous Improvement Fund, 2014 (CIF#722)

Kelleher Environmental was commissioned by the Continuous Improvement Fund to carry out a “high level analysis” of the most cost efficient way in which to add materials and increase diversion through the Ontario Blue Box system. The impacts of changing Blue Box material composition on diversion rates and the sequence in which materials should be added to the Blue Box to increase diversion over time were also addressed.

Mixed Waste Processing Assessment – Confidential Client, 2012 (777)

Assessment of C&D and IC&I waste composition, markets for commodities (wood, paper, metals, OCC, plastics) and technologies which could recover valuable commodities from mixed compacted and un-compacted IC&I waste loads prior to landfilling.

Effects of Lifestyle Trends on MRF Quantity Projections – Region of Peel, 2012 (775)

Kelleher Environmental developed a model to estimate the quantities and composition of Blue Box material likely to collected  from Region of Peel single family, multi residential and rural households over the next 20 years taking demographics, lifestyle and packaging changes into account.

Plastics Waste Denominator Study for Canada – Canadian Plastics Industry Association, 2012 (765)

Kelleher Environmental used available in-house data on waste composition and results from waste audits to estimate the amount of packaging and non-packaging waste produced in Canada by province.

Recycling Room Pilot Project, Monitoring and Evaluation – Toronto Community Housing Corporation, 2012 (750)

With funding from the Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF), TCHC installed recycling rooms in 21 multi-family buildings in Toronto. Kelleher Environmental carried out a 1-year monitoring program at all buildings to measure the impacts of the recycling rooms on recycling behaviour and garbage quantities set out for collection. Workshops were held with building superintendents to obtain feedback on the recycling rooms.

Laminated Paper Research – Stewardship Ontario, 2011 (757)

Carried out research to identify current practices with respect to the recycling of paper laminates (predominantly hot drink cups, ice cream containers, aseptic containers and spiral wound containers) in Ontario MRFs processing residential as well as IC&I materials. Identified bales into which different paper laminates are typically placed, and end markets (Canada, US, overseas) where paper laminates are sold, and end products produced. The project was followed by a consultation process with packaging stewards in April 2011.

Ontario Composite Paper Packaging Recycling Research Study – Stewardship Ontario, 2011 (732)

Kelleher Environmental, in association with Robins Environment, carried out a comprehensive study of markets for laminated papers (including polycoated containers, aseptics, gable top containers and spiral wound containers) collected in the Ontario Blue Box system. The study included interviews with MRF operators, collectors and end markets throughout Canada and North America.

Future Blue Bin Study – City of Toronto, 2010 (752)

The Toronto Future Blue Box Study was initiated in summer, 2010 to identify how future lifestyle changes and packaging format changes might change the amount and composition of materials in the Blue Box over time. The study was carried out by Kelleher Environmental in association with Robins Environmental and Love Environment, in three separate reports addressing: Literature Review on Lifestyle Trends and Packaging Format Changes; Packaging Audit Results and Future Blue Box Composition Scenarios. The project identified the profound changes which will occur in the composition of Blue Box materials over the next ten years as a result of a number of packaging and lifestyle changes in the Toronto population. These include reduced newspaper hard copy readership in favour of electronic media, smaller household size, aging demographics, packaging format changes, increased on-line shopping and an increased focus on convenience and intelligent packaging. These trends will over time increase the amount of plastic and decrease the amount of paper fibres in the Blue Box, resulting in significant changes to the economics of collection and processing of source separated recyclables. The estimates were used to develop the 2011 City of Toronto Business Plan and project costs to 2015 and 2020.

TCHC Options Study – Toronto Community Housing Corporation, 2010 (749)

Carried out research and prepared a discussion paper outlining options for TCHC to provide collection service for garbage, recyclables, and green bin organics to 330 high-rise buildings (58,000 multi-residential households) throughout the City of Toronto. Costs and benefits or various options were analyzed and compared.

IC&I Waste Composition & Waste Diversion Policy Research – City of Calgary, 2010 (746)

As sub-consultant to CH2M Hill, Kelleher Environmental researched and developed a description of the existing IC&I waste management system in Calgary, the players, and the challenges and barriers to higher diversion. Developed a Waste Allocation Model using current employment data by NAICS Code as an indicator of waste generation activity, which identified overall Calgary IC&I waste composition; materials of significance in the IC&I waste stream; the sectors which product the most IC&I waste; and the sectors which produce the materials of greatest promise for waste diversion strategies. Kelleher Environmental also summarized IC&I policies and programs in other jurisdictions and identified those considered most practical for the City of Calgary.