Local startup Uzer is hoping to encourage better habits with Eugene, a smart trash can that'll tell users what they can recycle and track what they're consuming. more

Oct 19, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Rob Greenfield is known as the garbage man and he’s proud of it. The environmentalist walks the streets of New York City in a suit made of trash in an effort to draw attention to the need to recycle. more

Oct 16, 2016 12:00 AM Features



Hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters can have a major impact on the waste and recycling industry. And while industry members can prepare in advance for some natural disasters, others arise unexpectedly and require on-your-feet thinking. more

Oct 14, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Projects aimed at redistributing unwanted food, restaurant initiatives using surplus produce, and zero-waste farms have sprung up in response to the problem, but there’s still a long way to go before we reach anything like a sustainable food system. more

Oct 9, 2016 12:45 PM Features

It turns out that an array of biases sway our decisions about what to place in the green bin and what to throw away. more

Oct 8, 2016 2:12 PM Features

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is inviting municipalities and First Nations to apply for its newest Community Infrastructure Partnership Project (CIPP) to establish joint solid waste management projects. more

Oct 4, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Giving away used clothes : You drop them off at a donation center, then they’re sold to somebody who can re-use them. Right? Not quite. They may get re-sold, but they also may end up in the trash. more

Oct 2, 2016 3:18 PM Features

An enormous blaze underneath a small town has been burning for more than 50 years. It may have an unexpected upside. more

Oct 1, 2016 2:18 PM Features

Recently, the laws against food waste are starting to gain momentum. France and Italy have already implemented the laws against food waste. The governments in UK, Finland, Canada and Chile are already looking into it. more

Sep 28, 2016 5:04 PM Features

Research conducted in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, studies whether trees in the region absorb contaminants and how tree cores can help in the preliminary evaluation of contaminated sites more

Sep 26, 2016 5:14 PM Features

Recycling of old corrugated cardboard (OCC) remains wildly popular. Recovery rates reached a record high of 92.9 percent in 2015, up from 54.5 percent in 1993, according to the organization Paper Recycles. more

Sep 17, 2016 2:50 PM Features

SWR columnist Paul van der Werf is in Ottawa this week in support of NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau's food waste reduction private members bill. more

Sep 13, 2016 12:00 AM Features

The pioneers of the zero waste movement were very clear in the mid-90s that “zero waste to landfill” was not the same thing as zero waste. more

Sep 11, 2016 6:00 PM Features

Manufacturers and recyclers have started getting creative to ensure paper material still has an important role to play in an increasingly digital world. more

Sep 10, 2016 8:15 AM Features

Yinka Ilori loves to tell a story, though his medium may be a little unorthodox. To weave his tales, he first heads to the streets, finding discarded furniture in dump sites, junk shops and even on the side of the road more

Sep 8, 2016 4:00 PM Features

Members of the waste and recycling industry have had their ups and downs with mixed waste processing, but has it finally seen the end of its life? more

Sep 6, 2016 8:13 PM Features

"This job is as sweet as July jam," said Allen Davis, a nine-year employee of the DC Department of Public Works, when asked what he loves about his recycling collections job. more

Sep 2, 2016 12:00 AM Features

By next year, the same garbage that Edmontonians place curbside should be converted into a component of the gasoline they use to fuel their cars. more

Sep 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Wrapping food in plastic can reduce spoilage, but presents challenges related to waste recovery and recycling. It presents a tough choice for producers between prioritizing food waste or plastic waste, both of which are top-of-mind with consumers. more

Sep 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

It’s easy to forget that a historic artifact preserved in a museum is not a static object. Before it was acquired, it went through decades of tactile use and change. more

Aug 31, 2016 2:58 PM Features

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