RemTech East Presentations Now Available
On behalf of ESAA, thank-you for your support of RemTech East. From all accounts RemTech East was an overwhelming success. Great presentations and great networking. This would not be possible without the great support from all of our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and delegates.
Watch for updates later this year about the next edition of RemTech East.
Today, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, and Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos, published final regulations to prohibit single-use plastics including: checkout bags; cutlery; foodservice ware made from or containing problematic plastics that are hard to recycle; ring carriers; stir sticks; and straws (with some exceptions).
The ban on the manufacture and import of these harmful single-use plastics, barring a few targeted exceptions to recognize specific cases, will come into effect in December 2022. To provide businesses in Canada with enough time to transition and to deplete their existing stocks, the sale of these items will be prohibited as of December 2023. The Government will also prohibit the export of plastics in the six categories by the end of 2025, making Canada the first among peer jurisdictions to do so internationally.
“We promised Canadians we would deliver a ban on single-use plastics. Today, that’s exactly what we’ve done. By the end of the year, you won’t be able to manufacture or import these harmful plastics,” said Guilbeault. “After that, businesses will begin offering the sustainable solutions Canadians want, whether that’s paper straws or reusable bags. With these new regulations, we’re taking a historic step forward in reducing plastic pollution, and keeping our communities and the places we love clean.”
Over the next decade, this world-leading ban on harmful single-use plastics will result in the estimated elimination of over 1.3 million tonnes of hard-to-recycle plastic waste and more than 22,000 tonnes of plastic pollution, which is equivalent to over a million garbage bags full of litter.
This measure is an important contribution to Canada’s ongoing comprehensive agenda to address plastic waste and pollution, putting Canada among world leaders in fighting plastic pollution and will help to meet the commitments of the Ocean Plastics Charter and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In Canada, up to 15 billion plastic checkout bags are used every year and approximately 16 million straws are used daily. Single-use plastics like these make up most of the plastic litter found on shorelines across Canada.
In early summer, the Government will begin to consult on approaches to a federal public plastic registry and the development of labelling rules that would prevent the use of the chasing arrows symbol on plastic items unless at least 80 percent of recycling facilities in Canada accept them and they have reliable end markets. This paper will also present a proposal for comment on the labelling of plastic items regarding their ability to be composted.
Several environmental organizations are pleased to see this ban come to fruition.
“We applaud the government for making these single-use plastic bans a reality. They’re coming in a year earlier than the draft regulations suggested and now include a ban on the export of these harmful products to other countries. These are welcome developments that reflect the expectations of Canadians and environmental groups like Environmental Defence,” said Karen Wirsig, plastics program manager at Environmental Defence.
Similarly, Oceana Canada has been advocating to reduce plastic pollution, meeting with decision makers, publishing reports on the state of plastic and putting forward science-based recommendations to achieve zero plastic waste.
“Today’s announcement ensures that Canada is embarking on a true transition away from unnecessary single-use plastics; this victory means that billions of plastic items each year that otherwise could have threatened sea life like whales and turtles will no longer be adding to the global plastic disaster,” said Anthony Merante, plastics campaigner at Oceana Canada. “We will continue working with Canadians and the government to ensure more unnecessary single-use plastics are added to the list of banned items moving forward.”
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New ESAA Member
ESAA welcomes the following new member. If you are not a member of ESAA you can join now via: https://esaa.org/join-esaa/
Action Land & Environmental Services Ltd.
Box 20096, Kensington PO
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8M4
Phone: (403) 669-1953
Janice Redmond, VP Corporate Strategy and Development
Action Land & Environmental Services Ltd. is a leading facilitator of land and environmental management services throughout Western Canada. With over two decades of experience and expertise, we pride ourselves on excellent communication, client-focused values, and a solid team concept. Our team works within a wide range of industries including oil and gas, utilities, all levels of government, agriculture, land development, and with private clients. We offer a depth of technical expertise and a comprehensive scope of consulting services to solve our client’s environmental, land, and regulatory requirements.
July 19th, 2022
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Troubled Monk Brewery
5551 45 Street, Red Deer
ESAA invites you to attend an industry mixer at the Troubled Monk Brewery located in Red Deer. The mixer is an opportunity to network with other industry professionals, ESAA Staff, and Board of Directors.
Everyone is welcome to join and you do not have to be an ESAA member to attend. If you have staff or offices in the Red Deer area, please share this with your colleagues.
There is no cost to attend and ESAA will provide a selection of appetizers and the first beer (or beverage) from Troubled Monk’s selection.
Hope to see you there!
CLICK HERE TO RSVP
PLEASE RSVP BEFORE JULY 12th!
Call for Abstracts / Early Bird Registration
ESAA is pleased to announce that early bird registration is open for the 21st edition of RemTech. RemTech 2022 will feature an out door tailgate party to start the conference, 55 exhibits, technical talks, networking opportunities and three great keynotes, featuring:
- Mark Hineline, Author of Ground Truth:
A Guide to Tracking Climate Change at Home
- Dr. Dave Williams, Former Canadian Shuttle Astronaut, ER Doctor and
- Peter Mansbridge, Former Chief Correspondent for CBC News and Anchor of The National
Full conference details can be found at: https://esaa.org/remtech/
Registration: Early bird registration is now open – visit: https://esaa.org/remtech/register/ to register early and save.
Call for Abstracts
ESAA invites you to submit technical abstracts focusing on technologies for the remediation of contaminated soil. Abstracts are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following areas:
- In-Situ and Ex-Situ Treatment
- Physical / Biological / Chemical Treatment
- Soil Washing and Scrubbing
- Thermal Desorption
- Stabilization / Solidification
- Soil Venting
- Natural Attenuation
- Oil Sands Remediation / Reclamation
- Oil Spills Management
- New Technology and Research
- Remote and Difficult Locations
- Emerging Contaminants
- Superfund Projects
- Landfill Closure
- Site Rehabilitation Program (SRP) – Projects, Lessons Learned
- All other related topics will be considered
The preliminary selection of presentations will be based on submitted abstracts and reviewed by a panel of peers.
Abstracts should be no longer that 500 words (not including bio), should include a presenter biography and be submitted as a Word Document by no later than July 22nd, 2022.
Before submitting your abstract, ensure that client approval has been obtained.
Abstracts must be sent to ESAA using the instructions at: https://esaa.org/remtech/agenda/call-for-abstracts/
Notification of acceptance will be given by August 31st.
Full presentations must be submitted no late than one week prior to RemTech 2022.
Webinar | Newly Sanctioned | IRP 28 Drilling and Completions Waste Management
Join IRP Committee Co-Chairs SherryKenneway, Regulatory Specialist at CNRL, and Tyler McDonald, Environment &Regulatory Specialist, with Secure Energy, for the rollout of IRP 28 on July 6.
Topics will include:
- Find out what you need to know about the highly regulated handling, storage, transportation and disposal of drilling and completions waste.
- Learn about the specific responsibilities for waste generators, transporters and receivers.
Hear how properlymanaging waste—from generation tofinal disposal—ensures the safety ofworkers, the public and the environment.
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