Solid Waste & Recycling


Paul van der Werf

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    Real Time Urban Archeology

    October 28, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    Please consider following me on Twitter @2cg_ I have been struggling to find another waste auditor to round out my team and am actively looking for resumes. Not surprisingly it is difficult to find people to sort garbage. It is

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    Missing R's

    October 20, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    Waste Reduction Week is coming to a close across Canada. I suppose in some ways it is like a week of Christmas’ for those of us in the industry and the week after Thanksgiving for everyone else. As I was

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    In Search of Answers

    October 5, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    The Recycling Council of Alberta conference has come and gone again. The 25th anniversary version took place at the lovely Jasper Park Lodge (which featured a good venue and periodic warnings about rutting elk). About 325 attended this conference which

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    Ontario Releases Updated Composting Guidelines

    September 26, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    As did many others I received a personalized letter, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE), in my email inbox yesterday indicating that at long last they had updated Ontario’s compost framework. This includes new standards and guidelines. This has

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    New York State of Mind

    September 15, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    It is a heaving metropolis that at first glance should not be able to work. It smells likely horse droppings and urine the closer you get to the Park evoking what it must have really smelled like during the Gangs

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    Where is Waste Diversion Going?

    May 20, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    It has been a busy three months and I have been remiss in blogging. The day to day rigours of work and life get in the way and this unfortunately becomes expendable. I had a great opportunity, along with Michael

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    There's Energy in Waste

    February 25, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    I had the opportunity to sit in between the Mayor of London, Joe Fontana and Ontario’s Ministry of Energy, the Honourable Chris Bentley yesterday as I chaired the Mayor’s Sustainable Energy Council (MSEC). Mr. Bentley was there at my invitation

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    Alchemy at the Antique Market

    February 15, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    I spent last weekend in downtown Toronto with my wife for a little get away. On Sunday morning, as we often do, we made our way down to the St Lawrence-North Building for the Antique Market (http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/). While the main

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    On Your Mark

    February 2, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) has recently announced a partnership with the NSF, a global certification organization to help it certify compostable plastics. If you have been involved with compostable plastics at all you will know that it has been

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    Big in Austin

    January 20, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    As discussed in my last blog post one of the highlights of the US Composting Council conference was the excellent session on Anaerobic Digestion and Integration with Composting. It is clear that there are excellent opportunities to integrate off farm

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