'It's deceiving Canadians': Hidden trackers reveal plastic recycling dumped in Canadian landfill
After several instances of Canadian plastic waste turning up overseas in places like the Philippines and Malaysia, CBC's Marketplace wanted to track the lifecycle of Canadian plastic.
Journalists bought bales of film plastic ready for recycling, hid trackers inside them, and then re-inserted the plastic back into the recycling stream in British Columbia — the province known for having the most efficient recycling program in Canada.
Only 1 company recycled the plastic
The two trackers in Merlin Plastics' bales ended up at a recycling processing plant in Delta, B.C., suggesting it was recycled.
Both of the GFL trackers went straight to a waste-to-energy facility, a landfill alternative that creates power by incinerating garbage.
Meanwhile, when Waste Connections picked up the bales of plastic, the company said it would send the material to a recycling facility. However, the trackers showed that the bales ended up in a junkyard in Surrey, B.C., as well as a landfill in Richmond, B.C.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 28 September 2019 - 04:33 AM.