New Features – June 2016

Overall System


Internet ExplorerDiscontinuing support for IE9 & IE10 As of July 1, 2016, Re-TRAC Connect will no longer support Internet Explorer 9 and 10. These legacy versions of the browser are outdated and insecure. Microsoft ended support for these browsers in January of 2016 which means that security updates and patches are no longer provided. We encourage Re-TRAC Connect users to update to the latest version of Internet Explorer or consider alternatives such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. [Read More]  

In Focus: Metro’s Regional Solid Waste Management Plan

In Focus - Oregon Metro Metro is the regional government that serves 1.5 million people across three counties and 25 cities in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. It plans and oversees the region’s solid waste system and works with local communities and industry partners to implement waste reduction programs. These programs have been very successful. Since 2004, the region’s total waste generated per person dropped 23 percent. This success reflects program, policy & cultural changes, as well as factors outside Metro’s influence such as overall economic conditions. The region also has decades of success in its residential, commercial, and construction sector recycling programs.

In Focus: Austin’s Universal Recycling Ordinance

In Focus: Austin's Universal Recycling Ordinance

By now, you’ve probably heard the buzz: Universal Recycling Ordinances (URO) are on the rise. Municipalities are finding success by implementing UROs to tackle big picture waste management challenges.

Austin, Texas has earned a reputation for being a city with a pioneering spirit. It comes as no surprise that the city has set a goal to become zero waste by 2040. It’s an ambitious target. Fortunately, they have all the elements needed to deliver a successful program.


Planning for Success: 6 Key Elements for Delivering a Voluntary Reporting Program

Planning for Success: Voluntary Reporting Program Header We understand the importance of collecting good quality data and the diversity of programs delivered in Re-TRAC Connect speaks to that. The majority of the programs in Re-TRAC are mandatory reporting programs that rely on legislative mandates or membership requirements to drive participation. These programs collect and analyze valuable data about the sustainable waste management landscape; however they alone cannot capture the whole picture. Voluntary reporting programs, often viewed as complementary to mandatory reporting programs, are delivered to fill in the blanks.

How often do you forget your password?

How often do you forget your password?
We’ve all been there: you sit down at your desk with a freshly-poured coffee, list your daily to-do’s, and navigate to your favourite web-based software (ahem! Re-TRAC). As you type in your username and tab to the next field, your mind suddenly goes blank.

Does your organization have a growth mindset?

Does your organization have a growth mindset? Emerge Knowledge Design was recently selected as a finalist in the Environment category of the Spirit of Winnipeg Awards. It’s a huge honour to be one of the 24 finalists recognized for their innovative ideas and contributions to the community.

Waste diversion metrics translated into everyday terms

Waste diversion metrics in everyday terms Communicating your waste diversion performance can be challenging. This is especially true if your intended audience has never heard of metrics such as diversion rate, MTCE, or MTCO2E. If this is a common obstacle for your communication strategy, you’re in luck: the GHG Equivalencies Report translates complex diversion metrics into everyday terms that everyone can understand.

Update your Re-TRAC Profile in minutes

We know that sharing information about your waste and recycling programs is important to you. That’s why we created Re-TRAC Profiles and Recyclesearch.com. It’s an easy way to show the world the great work you do! This month we have streamlined the Profile creation process even further, making publishing a Profile easier than ever. [read more]

RecycleMania – Game on!

RecycleMania - Game on As the February 4th registration deadline approaches, universities and colleges across North America are gearing up for the 16th annual RecycleMania competition.

Is your university or college participating?

If you haven’t already registered, here are 7 great reasons to join over 400 of your colleagues from across North America:

New Features – January 2016

Tracker and Tracker Light


Enhanced Tracker Reports You may have already noticed but this month we introduced the enhanced Tracker reports. We were so excited to tell you about the reports that we dedicated an entire blog post to them.
Topping the charts As part of the newly enhanced Tracker reports, we also introduced two new styles of charts. These chart styles were added to make visual data analysis even easier for specific types of reports.