Solid Waste & Recycling


Paul van der Werf

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    South by Southbest

    January 19, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    Austin, Texas claims to be the live music capital of the world. Every year they host the South by Southwest music festival. This week Austin has been hosting the 20th annual US Composting Council conference at the Renaissance Hotel. The

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    The Rise of EPR

    November 14, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    The recent 2nd annual Canadian Waste Sector Symposium had an excellent slate of speakers and was a good learning opportunity. One of the things that impressed me most was the degree to which Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) has become or

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    The Management of Organic Waste

    November 13, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    I had the opportunity to speak at last week’s Canadian Waste Sector Symposium in Montreal about organic waste management in Canada. Some of the thoughts and ideas that were included in this talk are included below. http://www.canwastesectorsymposium.ca/ Organic waste processing

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    Creating the Sustainable Economy

    October 6, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    Toby Heaps the president, editor and co-founder of Corporate Knights (http://www.corporateknights.ca/) was the keynote speaker at the Recycling Council of Alberta’s annual conference today. The independent magazine launched in 2002 focuses on prompting and reinforcing sustainable development. The magazine is

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    On the Road in Alberta- Part 2

    October 5, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    Today is the start of the Recycling Council of Alberta’s annual conference. This year’s installation is called Recycling Means Business and has a gangster theme. Their web site (http://www.recycle.ab.ca/main) includes pictures bullets and the sound of gun shots. I will

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    On the Road in Alberta- Part 1

    October 4, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    Travels with Charley was poignant travelogue written by John Steinbeck about a 1960 road trip with his dog. The nature of his narrative over time has been questioned and it appears he took considerable liberties whilst writing this book. Nonetheless

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    The Impact of Consumption

    September 18, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    We live in a world of increasing immediacy, more rapidly closing the gap between what we want and how long it takes to get it. There was a recent interesting article in the National Post that talked about “compulsive consumerism”

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    Will Farmers Pay for Compost?

    July 29, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    I just finished a column that will feature in next month’s magazine that will talk about marketing compost in into the agricultural sector. I had some preamble and other text that hit the editing floor so to speak. Not wanting

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    Learning to Fly

    July 8, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    I like it when things work out. London, Ontario’s Try Recycling (www.tryrecycling.com) is turning 20. Lately I have been listening to a lot of Pink Floyd. This is the result of an accidental itunes box set order and the 170

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    Restore the Will not to Waste

    July 6, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    (See also yesterdays blog post Where there is a Will there is a Goodwill) The waste audits continue. It is clear as I sift through wastes that the definition of what is waste is pretty fluid. It is a function

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