Collecting municipal waste in North Africa can be a challenging business. A variety of factors affect the collection of municipal waste. Amongst these are high temperatures and under development, with limited waste collection infrastructure. more

May 11, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

Paper packaging made in Canada is edging closer to a national average of 80% recycled content. more

May 11, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

Most consumers don’t see this but there’s an intense battle going on right now in North America for the job of delivering food from the farm to the retailers who sell it to you. more

May 8, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

As a business owner, you are already well-versed with the fact that the success of a business depends on maximizing profits and minimizing costs through optimal utilization of resources. more

Apr 23, 2017 8:00 PM Columns

For those promoting a more circular economy where materials are used again and again rather than made, used and dumped, the latest data from Statistics Canada provides a solid gut check on how far we have to go. more

Apr 22, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

Call us multi-taskers. According to the latest waste disposal data from Statistics Canada, Canadians dumped 25.1 million tonnes of waste in 2014, a million tonnes more than we did 12 years ago. So on that score, Canada’s waste pile is growing. more

Apr 18, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

Jessica Kirby, Editor

Point One Media, Inc.

In tribute to this issue’s look at front lines workers, we step back in time for the abridged version of the history of waste management. Of course, the earliest hunters and gatherers were history’s best composters because they produced negligible wa more

Apr 7, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

Brock Macdonald


The basic principle that populations and economic output tend to grow in tandem has been the cornerstone of government economic policies for decades. In such a linear economy, only a rising population, combined with increased use of ... more

Apr 7, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

Rosalind H. Cooper

Tom Szuba 416 461 1234

Two former executives with Ontario Tire Stewardship are facing provincial charges for alleged misappropriation of eco-fees paid by Ontario drivers on tire purchases. more

Apr 7, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

Hugh Latif is a highly respected and known management consultant. He is the author of Maverick Leadership. Latif believes as we enter the new year, we can expect to read the usual list of major acquisitions. more

Apr 7, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

Attica Prefecture includes the capital of Greece, Athens, and has a population of 3.8 million people; sustainable waste management systems are important to manage the 2.1 million tonnes of municipal waste generated annually. more

Apr 7, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

All ships rise with the tide” is an old expression that is especially true in the waste management industry. On a day-to-day basis, customers care little about how and where we manage their waste and recyclables. more

Apr 7, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

Shane Buckingham


Waste collection workers have one of the most dangerous jobs. Every day on the road they face the risk of being seriously injured or even killed by a distracted or impatient driver. more

Apr 7, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

A third, more extensive testing of plastic crates used to ship fresh produce throughout Canada shows some handling improvements but still found sanitary issues such as high total aerobic and yeast and mould counts, and the presence of E. coli. more

Mar 28, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

Claims for 100% recyclable and 100% compostable seem to be proliferating. Are they accurate? Are they legal? Or are they just another form of greenwash? more

Mar 18, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

Every Tuesday night I come face-to-face with the twin issues of consumption and “sustainable materials management” or the latest buzzword favoured by governments, the “circular economy.” For Tuesday night is Recycling Night. more

Feb 27, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

Rosalind H. Cooper

Tom Szuba 416 461 1234

Amendments to Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations were made to allow Canada to meet its obligations under the United Nations Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes. more

Feb 21, 2017 2:32 PM Columns

The new USA President’s “American First” policy, commitment to re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and promise to reduce regulations has serious potential to turn the waste management industry in Canada upside down. more

Feb 21, 2017 2:30 PM Columns

The good news is that the reported recovery rates for almost every single material category in Ontario’s Blue Box have improved over the last 13 years. The bad news is that several categories have made little progress and lag way behind the others. more

Feb 21, 2017 2:28 PM Columns

Michael Kavanagh of Ariem received a business plan from a business that was in the Greater Toronto Area. more

Feb 21, 2017 2:19 PM Columns

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