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Innovation- Recycling- Manufacturing- Economic Diversification

The premise of this proposal is to use Alberta's existing petroleum production and incorporate environmental sustainability and manufacturing diversification to become a leader in material conversion.
Currently there are no facilities in North America that truly convert petroleum bi-products into raw materials that include nylons, polyesters and natural fibers. We used to ship significant quantities to Asia however that... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

This idea is ambitious because it could render Calgary and Alberta a global leader in materials conversion, recycling and re-use. It could reduce waste and improve the environmental health of Calgary, Alberta and Canada. It would enable economic diversification with the use of existing petroleum products, reduction in dependence upon new petroleum products and help us move towards sustainable innovation.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The effectiveness of this idea can be measured by considering how much daily material waste is collected; what happens to it and how it impacts the environment. We can then consider what the economic benefits would be if we converted these products locally and see the change in economic stimulus through petroleum bi-product conversion, manufacturing, wholesale and retail sales.

How is this idea attainable through the use of technology or data?

This idea is attainable through technology because innovative technology would be required to create the new facilities, develop advanced sorting systems and conversion processes. Data is limitless as the research and innovation possible with a mega-site would enable us to study and determine optimum conversion processes, means to convert, analysis of materials discarded and potential reuse, sales and market potential, domestic use and foreign use. This facility could render Calgary a legitimate leader in materials processing incorporating technology, data analysis, manufacturing strength and equipment innovation.

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Earthware Edited

Reusable container service for restaurant takeout and delivery

Earthware's sustainable initiative aims to unclog some of the waste caused by takeout/delivery containers (single-use plastic, styrofoam containers and even compostables) while simultaneously supporting the vital restaurant industry.

The process is easy - order takeout from your favorite participating restaurant, select the Earthware reusable container option,... more »

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Urban Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse

Stormwater is a readily accessible resource within urban centers from rainfall and run-off. Many countries (including Canada ) have designed and installed varied re-used for stormwater, but many are not currently implemented in Calgary. There are many opportunities for different levels of re-use in Calgary to reduce environmental impacts within the City. A number of these are listed below.                             ... more »

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Innovative Approach to Tackling the Issue of Electronic Waste

The future of recycling

In the age of technological advancement where we are growingly dependent on electronic usage, it is not surprising that electronic waste is the fastest-growing solid waste stream. Just last year, almost 54 million tonnes of e-waste were dumped globally with Canada being a large contributor to the problem. Among electronic waste, only 17% of it is recycled, amounting to an estimated $57 billion... more »

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