Solid Waste & Recycling

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    “Opinion” Back to the Future for Collectors

    April 7, 2017 by Jessica Kirby

    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

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    “Opinion” Slow Down, Move Over Law Needed in Ontario for Waste Collection Workers

    April 7, 2017 by 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. Last December, a Wisconsin city mourned the loss

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    “Opinion” Digest What You Eat: Practical Suggestions for Successful M&As in the Waste Industry

    April 7, 2017 by Mark Borkowski

      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. Many of you

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    “Opinion” Retailers Can’t Duck Food Safety Issues When Pushing Growers to Re-use Crates

    March 28, 2017 by John Mulllinder

    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. Studies demonstrating

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    “Opinion” Nothing Is 100% Recyclable or 100% Compostable

    March 17, 2017 by John Mulllinder

      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? It’s not surprising that North American consumers are confused. Because in common speech, the words “recyclable” and “compostable”

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    “Opinion” Paper, Paper, Everywhere, and Not a Scrap to Waste

    February 27, 2017 by John Mulllinder

      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. From the bathroom and bedroom, I gather

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    “Opinion” The Waste Collection and Treatment System of Paphos – Cyprus

    February 21, 2017 by Timothy Byrne

    The seaside resort of Paphos is a very popular tourist destination in the summer months, making managing the collection and transfer of wastes a very important task for the Municipality of Paphos. Waste containers of 660 and 1100 litre capacity are provided in Paphos town

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    “Opinion” Why it is Imperative to Have a Well Written and Organized Business Plan

    February 21, 2017 by Mark Borkowski

    Michael Kavanagh of Ariem received a business plan from a business that was in the Greater Toronto Area. The company was looking for funding to open two new sites in various parts of the world, substantial funds to cover operating costs at these two sites, and

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    “Opinion” The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about Ontario’s Blue Box

    February 21, 2017 by John Mulllinder

    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, some by as much as 20 percentage points. The bad news is that several categories

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    “Opinion” The USA, Executive Orders, and Canadian Waste Management

    February 21, 2017 by John Nicholson

    The Unpredictable Giant The new USA President’s “American First” policy, commitment to re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), promise to reduce regulations (especially ones related to the environment), and pledge to provide faster “yes” or “no” answers on development, has serious potential to turn