Solid Waste & Recycling


Usman Valiante

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    The relative economic efficiency of shared responsibility vs. EPR

    February 4, 2015 by Usman Valiante

    “Shared responsibility” is firmly entrenched in Ontario’s printed paper and packaging (Blue Box) recycling lexicon. It is therefore not surprising that to many “full responsibility” means 100% producer funding of the Blue Box. In the linked policy brief I suggest

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    Did anyone win Ontario’s Blue Box Arbitration?

    December 17, 2014 by Usman Valiante

    In Ontario producers of printed paper and packaging (PPP) are required to pay fees to Stewardship Ontario. Stewardship Ontario sets these fees and disburses the resulting revenue to Ontario municipalities, “…in a manner that results in the total amount paid

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    The Race to the Bottom Part 2 – Death of a Recycler

    June 24, 2014 by Usman Valiante

    Is there a greater tragedy imaginable than that, in our endeavour consciously to shape our future in accordance with high ideals, we should in fact unwittingly produce the very opposite of what we have been striving for?  ― Friedrich August von

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    The Race to the Bottom – Part 1

    June 17, 2014 by Usman Valiante

    On May 29th 2014 I gave a talk at the Recycling Council of BC’s Zero Waste Conference (which can be downloaded here) about ensuring efficiency and effectiveness under Extended Producer Responsibility. In that presentation I advance the idea that the

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    Dispelling the BS about BC

    October 3, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    There is great interest in British Columbia these days and it isn’t in anticipation of the upcoming ski season but rather for the controversy around the introduction of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Printed-Paper and Packaging (PPP). The introduction of

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    Why Ontario’s Bill 91 Waste Reduction Act is a bad deal for municipalities

    September 15, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    The effect of the people’s agreeing that there must be central planning, without agreeing on the ends, will be rather as if a group of people were to commit themselves to take a journey together without agreeing where they want

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    A critique of the Intermediaries provisions in Ontario's draft waste reduction bill

    August 22, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    Collective producer action for extended producer responsibility (EPR) is a hot topic in Ontario. This article focuses on the Intermediary provisions of Bill 91, which are redundant and should be eliminated. Ontario’s Environment Minister Jim Bradley has stated that the Industry

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    Ontario Bill 91 Waste Reduction Act and the role of recyclers – some additional thoughts

    August 14, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    Since I posted up my blog “Ontario Bill 91 Waste Reduction Act and the role of recyclers” some good questions have come up: Q) What about out-of-province recyclers? Neither the Ontario Government nor the Waste Reduction Authority will have jurisdiction

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    Ontario Bill 91 Waste Reduction Act and the role of recyclers

    July 29, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    By stimulating innovation, strict environmental regulations can actually enhance competitiveness. Toward a New Conception of the Environment-Competitiveness Relationship Michael E. Porter and Claas van der Linde The Waste Reduction Strategy –- the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s marketing document that

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    Where do eco-fees come from? Why, from government, silly!

    June 25, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    The political fixation on “doing something about” eco-fees is akin to fretting about a lingering cough while ignoring the underlying pneumonia that is its cause. If eco-fees are the symptomatic “cough” then government policies that restrict or lessen competition between

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