This Week In Zero Waste Business

In this segment I like to highlight some of the stories I’ve come across that deal with material management.

This comes as no surprise as those early Hybrids of the 2000's are starting to meet their demise and Hybrid EV growth is suggested to hit 20 Millions vehicles by 2020. We all knew the eventual explosive inventory of battery packs that needed to be recycled was coming, reminds me of Depletion of Minerals for Batteries by L. David Roper that predicts the depletion of a number of minerals from various battery compositions back in 2010 and assumes the peak recycling points in accordance to depletion.

As much as I like to complain about my city, this hold up is likely the result of the City of Toronto awaiting the completion of their Waste Strategy. A draft will be prepared and presented to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee sometime in early 2016, followed by public and stakeholder engagement to seek feedback on the draft document. Learn more in the latest Project Update.
I will be attending the public and stakeholder meetings so you will see more details about this plan as it develops and releases are available.


The Construction Waste Management Market 2015-2019 global report predicts revenue growth in the global market of 9.67% from 2014-2019. We are seeing cities around the world embark on setting C&D waste targets, wouldn't doubt we see something mentioned in the City of Toronto Waste Strategy as mentioned above.

Deconstruction links of interest: - Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling

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Another great document by Ellen MacArthur and her band of misfits. I plan on diving into this a little more in the coming weeks but figured it would be good to include it here initially as it certainly promises to be an insightful study.
World Economic Forum, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and McKinsey & Company, The New Plastics Economy — Rethinking the future of plastics (2016,