Solid Waste & Recycling


  • The Otter Lake Landfill Dispute

    August 1, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    A dispute over how waste is managed by Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) sheds light on how things can go wrong when a consultant makes recommendations based on technical concepts without taking enough account of the goodwill of local…

  • Automated Solid Waste Collection

    June 1, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    The collection aspect of North American waste management system planning tends to be very “truck” focused. However, in Europe and elsewhere, alternative systems exist that are beginning to garner local attention. Just as deep…

  • EPR: Ontario versus British Columbia

    June 1, 2013 by Rob Cook

    There’s broad consensus that Ontario’s Waste Diversion Act (WDA) is fundamentally flawed and in need of wholesale reform. The question is not whether but how it should be reformed. With any change, policymakers and stakeholders look…

  • Liability for the Innocent Land Owner

    June 1, 2013 by Rosalind Cooper, L.L.B.

    On May 10, 2013, the Ontario Court of Appeal rendered its decision in the case of Kawartha Lakes (City) v. Ontario, Director, Ministry of the Environment. In doing so, the court has affirmed that innocent owners of contaminated land can be…

  • That Was Easy!

    June 1, 2013 by Diane Blackburn

    Pop Quiz! What equals the weight of nine African elephants (the genus with the bigger ears)?

  • EIP!

    June 1, 2013 by John Nicholson

    An eco-industrial park (EIP) can be defined as a cluster of businesses that cooperate with each other and with the local community to efficiently share resources, leading to both economic and environmental gains. Currently, there are numerous…

  • Yesterday is Tomorrow

    June 1, 2013 by Paul van der Werf

    They say if you hold onto your old clothes long enough, one day they’ll be back in fashion. The same can be said for some concepts in composting.

  • The Film Challenge

    June 1, 2013 by Mike Birett

    Ask any modern materials recovery facility (MRF) operator which material is the bane of their existence and film plastic will likely top their list. Film and automated equipment, such as star screens (found in single-stream MRFs) just…

  • Norfolk Disposal

    June 1, 2013 by Chris Thomas

    The impeccably kept blue-and-white trucks and containers of Norfolk Disposal Services Limited, dot the landscape of the north shore of Lake Erie from Aylmer, north to Woodstock and Brantford and east to Caledonia in southern Ontario.

  • Anaerobic Organics Processing

    June 1, 2013 by Ian Dickenson

    Anaerobic treatment processing technology offers value and efficacy for cities that seek resilience in managing wastes and that wish to lead in resource stewardship.