Solid Waste & Recycling


  • News Recycling

    Sask. approves grain bag recycling program

    March 27, 2018 by SWR Staff

    Following a successful six-year pilot program in Saskatchewan, environmental non-profit Cleanfarms will establish 20 grain bag collection sites in 2018, with more sites planned for 2019. Regulated by The Agricultural Packaging Product Waste Stewardship Regulations, and funded in part by the Ministry of

  • Blog Recycling

    Packaging Stewards Should Be Rewarded for Using Recycled Content

    December 15, 2017 by John Mulllinder

      Recycled content is central to the “Circular Economy” approach that Ontario and some other provinces say they want to adopt. It keeps raw materials flowing through the economy longer, reduces the pressure to extract more virgin materials from the

  • “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

  • Producers have had a good, long run — time to pay up

    September 17, 2015 by David Nesseth

    Competition must of course be fair, but not necessarily ethical

  • Bag to Earth

    August 1, 2012 by Maria Kelleher

    As Green Bin programs began being implemented across North America a number of years ago, communities were faced with making decisions about program design; they made certain decisions without significant information that impacted program…

  • Thinking Outside the Box

    August 1, 2012 by Elisabeth Comere

    Tetra Pak is committed to being a world leader in sustainable recycling, by promoting and encouraging effective widespread carton recycling programs. The company strives to achieve a 40 per cent global carton recycling rate by 2020, doubling…

  • We Can Do This!

    February 1, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    In January, a report entitled Closing the Loop: Road Map for Effective Material Value Recovery was published by GreenBlue, a nonprofit consultancy specializing in sustainability issues. The research was funded primarily through a grant from the…

  • Feature Waste Diversion

    Waste-Free Lunch

    December 1, 2011 by Catherine Leighton

    The Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) with support from grocery chain Metro Ontario and Tetra Pak Canada introduced the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge (WFLC) — an environmental education program that ran concurrently with Waste Reduction…

  • Feature Waste Diversion

    Waste Initiatives across Canada

    December 1, 2011 by Rosalind Cooper

    Nova Scotia waste reduction

  • Continuous Improvement

    June 1, 2011 by Andy Campbell

    The blue box program in Ontario cost over $180 million (net) in 2009 to recycle 870,000 tonnes of material and is under pressure to find ways to be more effective and efficient. Funding for capital projects and program improvements is often…