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Zero Waste Business Review - April 2018

March was an interesting month for SJMC. The launch of the TRUE program has meant quite a few phone calls from potential clients and a lot of prep for the contracts that have already begun. I received my TRUE Advisor designation and am very excited to get these projects going! I'm in the process of releasing an Excel based workbook to help companies track their flow of materials in relation to the TRUE certification credits. In addition I started working with Magna GC on some environmental compliance strategies.

April's Zero Waste Business Review covers some recent food waste related research, packaging trends and some major partnerships in recycling tech just announced. If you have anything to be included in future ZWBRs, please reach out to me at sjmconsults (at)


Scott J Morrison


Eliminating waste is tricky business. Consumers continue to demand less of it (even produce maps to support it), businesses are faced with proving their claims for their entire…

SJMC Recieves TRUE Advisor Designation

Toronto based SJMC is proud to announce its successful completion of the TRUE Advisor certification program.

The Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI) oversees the global implementation of the TRUE program and other environmental sustainability and efficiency based certifications such as LEED and Sites. The Zero Waste certification is GBCI's facility based scorecard program where applicants must achieve a minimum of 90% diversion from Landfill and Incineration. This standard was created by the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) and US Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC).

Scott J Morrison, a previous Board and Certification Committee member of ZWIA, brings 16 years of environmental sustainability consulting to his clients. “Waste, recycling and material management is changing rapidly. It is paramount that I can deliver smart, agile solutions to my clients. I’m confident that the addition of the TRUE Associate designation will continue to assure my clients that the highest…

Zero Waste Business Review - March 2018

It's been an active and exciting month at SJMC, highlighted by re-issuing of contracts with a major client, the recertification of principal advisor Scott J Morrison as a TRUE Advisor, and SJMC signing on as a supporter of the Plastika Reparabilis Challenge, a design competition by UpGyres.

The monthly ZW Business Review recaps and rounds up major news, case studies, and technologies that aim at eliminating business associated waste. Here we go...

Reusable packaging continues to grow in all sectors. Some recent examples include:
German grocer, ALDI SOUTH, saved more than 60 million cardboard boxes by using reusable crates for the transport of fruit and vegetables in 2017. By working with suppliers to create a closed returnable pooling system that was able to save more than 24,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents and more than 30,000 tonnes of cardboard by using reusable transport packaging.  From the Press ReleasePlanted Table is a Zero Waste startup food delivery business in Oakland. Mea…

Transparency Through Tracking: Food Monitoring With Blockchain

Contributing factors to food spoilage (temperature, time from harvest to shelf, varieties, lighting, shipping time, etc) are being tracked through Walmarts pilot project with IBM's Blockchain tech. By revamping their data management processes across their network of farmers, brokers, distributors, processors, retailers, regulators, and consumers they are creating a real-time analysis and ledger of all elements of their supply. Along this chain, they can track for elements that lead to spoilage, waste, safety issues, demand, etc.

Avoiding Single-Use: Options in the Context of a City Policy

Back in September, the City of Vancouver released their CREATING A SINGLE-USE ITEMREDUCTION STRATEGY FOR DISPOSABLE CUPS, TAKE-OUT CONTAINERS AND SHOPPING BAGS Consultation Paper. This report is meant to solicit feedback from citizens, businesses, and special interest groups to be used in forming a draft "Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy" that is expected to be presented to City Council in early 2018.

The City of Vancouver's "Greenest City Action Plan" includes a zero waste target to reduce waste disposed to landfill and incinerator by 50% from 2008 levels by 2020. While some progress has been made towards achieving this target (not exactly clear), addressing waste from single-use items has become a priority.

These single-use items often originate from foodservice and retail outlets. These items include:
Disposable beverage cups (not currently recyclable in Canada)Take-out food containers (also contain PFAS's)Plastic and paper shopping bags Single-use ite…

Reusable Takeout Container: TYME Fast Food

TYME Fast Food, out of NYC, is the brainchild of Phil Winser of Fat Radish and former Burger King executive Felipe Hallot. TYME is kept simple; vegetarian, low overhead by only having kiosks and vending machine type locations and a clean and transparent recyclable jar for all of their offerings. And that's TYME's strongest attribute, for a fast food establishment they have a reusable package that they don't want to be ignored. A striking contrast to Burger Kings packaging that is meant to be discarded ASAP, TYME wants you to take notice of it, keep it, repurpose it, take pics of it, or return it while you make your next purchase. What's the deal with TYME's packaging?
When customers are done with their meals they can return empty containers to any of TYME's locations and customers will get $1 off their next jar. This is an easy way to encourage customers to keep coming back.

Why Plastic? - TYME says that they will eventually stop the use of plastic packaging. U…

Reusable Takeout Container Series: CupClub

Cup Club is trackable packaging as a service. It's simple tech delivers an easy way for customers to enjoy their coffee and not be held back by waste, or keeping a cup at all times.

Their Unique Selling Points Are: CUSTOMERS CAN REDUCE: Cup Club enables customers to reduce their coffee cup waste by up to 100%. Cups can be used up to 1000 times. Bring your own cup programs yield only 2% participation rate (Cup Club #'s, can't find a study to confirm this).

AESTHETICS: Aesthetically CupClub just looks fine, it is the app and branding that is particularly attractive and easy to follow.

BRANDS CAN REDUCE: Cup Club enables brands to reduce packaging waste by up to 40% by delivering trackable packaging-as-a-service.
COLLABORATION: Relationships/partnerships already in place with the Greater London Authority, London Waste & Recycling Board, KPMG, HSBC, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Coca Cola, Do the Green Thing, CH&Co, Compass Group, Mitie and Vacherin. 

The Service Works …