Waste & Recycling


Our Top Letters (February 01, 2009)

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor:

Re: “Zero waste conference” website news item

Question: If a million tons of municipal solid waste can be converted into a high quality artificial soil without any need for source separation programs, thereby providing a base material for the production, distribution and application of 10 million tons of artificial forestry soils at a competitive cost, then what is the point of promoting the rhetoric of a “zero waste” concept that violates the second law of thermodynamics?

Dik Tennant


Sounds like you have a product to sell. Good luck! – ed.

Dear Editor,

Re: “Greenwash” article, December/January edition Congrats on you’re the “Blog” article “Greenwash: the frustrating and dirty world of propaganda.” Wouldn’t credible Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) be wonderful! Realistically, especially in our current economic melt down scenario, are governments prepared to try to develop or pay for such documents?

Yes, they should be educational. We agree that Paper, metal and glass — even some composite packaging — is likely to be around for a long time; and One size does not necessarily fit all.

However, to move ahead sustainably, might this be addressed: Would designating significant applications, phased-in, using true EPR, be worth a try? Not perfect, but it seems to work reasonably well when implemented in BC. I guess in some regions EPR is more just a current buzz word.

I found Guy Crittenden’s editorial “Simple Problems, Complex Solutions” pertinent; I’m not sure where or when these strong markets for recyclables referred to by EPIC are going to appear? Stewarded applications still move (e. g., Recycling Council of Alberta).


Jim Cairns

Environmental Plastics Advisory Service (EPAS)jimcairns@telus.net

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