Solid Waste & Recycling


  • Feature Waste Diversion

    Organics Management in Canada

    August 1, 2012 by Paul van der Werf & Michael Cant

    It is one of the world’s great ironies that with all the advancements in agriculture — which have had positive impacts on feeding people — that many still go hungry. At the recent summit on sustainable development in Rio de…

  • Growing Waste, Stalled Diversion

    June 1, 2012 by Paul van der Werf & Michael Cant

    It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact year that our society shifted from mere subsistence to affluence. Maybe there has never been a precise time — just an ebb and flow, like waves on a beach. Regardless, a large shift in how we…

  • Feature Waste Diversion

    Le Bon Plan

    October 1, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    The Province of Quebec has been staking out its environmental vision as it relates to waste management for a number of years. The Quebec Residual Materials Management Policy, 1998-2008 envisioned what they call a 4 R-D (reduce, re-use, recycle,…

  • Let's Make a Deal!

    August 1, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    The Canadian composting industry has done very well marketing its high quality compost to the homeowner and horticultural market, but not as well with the agricultural sector, despite the kind of interconnectivity we have these days with the…