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Enviro RX, November 2015

Ever since the damage done to the environment came to the fore as one of the modern world’s most urgent problems, discussions concerning who causes it and whose task it is to solve it have become prevalent. It seems to me we cannot just point towards one business or practice and blame them for all…
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Enviro RX, October 2015

Healthcare facilities in the U.S. that generate hazardous waste pharmaceuticals have reported difficulties complying with some hazardous waste regulations. One of the concerns raised by stakeholders is that healthcare workers, whose primary focus is to provide care for patients, are not knowledgeable about hazardous waste regulations, but are often involved in the implementation of the…
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Enviro Rx, September 2015

Packaging is as critical to modern life as the water supply system. Towns and cities could not exist without it and today more than half the global population live in urban areas. Ten times more resources go into producing products than making their packaging so the packaging has to ensure that those resources do not…
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Enviro Rx, August 2015

By now it is no surprise that bottled water is wasteful. The environmental cost of the massive consumption of bottled water has led some U.S. and Canadian local governments to consider a ban on its sale. This may seem an extreme response however the scientific concerns are well-founded and the facts may surprise and concern…
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Enviro Rx, July 2015

Religion and the environment may seem like an odd couple but researchers, congregations and companies are all beginning to look through this lens for new ideas. For companies and investors, the Pope’s call for all people to do their part to tackle climate change could mean a new segment of consumers with an appetite for…
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Enviro Rx, June 2015

Ask yourself if you have ever disposed of unused or outdated medication by flushing it down the toilet or by tossing it in the garbage. Sadly, most of us must admit we have done this at one time or another. So what is the best way to get rid of them? Individually, all that is…
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Enviro Rx, May 2015

Clean water is a basic need for human life, and for many of us it is not something that requires a lot of thought or effort. As Canadians we have the good fortune to be recipients of one of nature’s most generous water supplies due to our many glaciers, lakes, rivers and streams. We know this…
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Enviro Rx, April 2015

Let’s use this month’s ‘Earth Day’ celebration to remind ourselves that while recycling is a very important tool, so too ‘Reduce and Reuse’ are of equal value. For example, how would 'reduce' manifest in your life? Ask yourself –do I really need this? How did the production of this product impact the environment and what…
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Enviro Rx, March 2015

Spring has sprung... finally! After this punishing winter, it is a joy to finally be seeing the first signs of spring. Our quote this month, by Rachel Carson, brings to mind her landmark book “Silent Spring” – published in 1962. In it, she predicted that unbridled use of synthetic chemicals, particularly DDT, would lead to…
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Enviro Rx, Feb 2015

The practice of illegal dumping has a serious impact on the environment through contamination of land and pollution of water bodies. This can subsequently impact negatively on people’s health. Cleaning of illegal dumping is costly and counter-productive, as it dilutes the available funding and resources for waste management and other much needed municipal services. Although…
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Enviro RX, Jan 2015

Once upon a time, the amount of waste generated was considered small enough to be diluted in the environment. With massive industrialization and urbanization, a new concept followed this somewhat optimistic view: “concentrate and contain”. Its objective was to eliminate the waste or at least protect the population from its grasp, which generally involved either…
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Enviro RX, Dec 2014

Simply disposing of waste (either dumping it in a hole or burning it) should be our absolute last option for dealing with leftover materials. For example, the Green Dot system is how the vast majority of European companies comply with the European Union Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, which makes companies 100% responsible for the…
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Enviro RX, Nov 2014

As Canadians we expect to have our environment protected. However, in a report from Julie Gelfand, Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment, we are being short-changed. She said that in many key areas it was not clear how the government intends to address the significant environmental challenges that future growth and development will likely bring about.…
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