Solid Waste & Recycling

Waste Diversion

  • 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…

  • Cut a Rug

    June 1, 2012 by Diane Blackburn

    What do competitive windsurfing and old carpets have in common? They’re both passions for Kelly McCaig, V.P. and General Manager of CarpetCycle Canada. CarpetCycle Canada is an energized start up carpet recycler that processes locally in…

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    Not Enough Soft Drink Containers Going to Landfill: Report

    June 1, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    According to the Ontario-based Institute for Beverage Container Landfilling (IBCL), not enough used containers for soft drinks and other beverages are making their way into landfill, despite years of concerted effort by industry stakeholders to…

  • Product Stewardship Reform in Ontario

    June 1, 2012 by Rosalind Cooper

    A lot has been happening in Ontario recently with respect to reforming the province’s somewhat beleaguered process for approving product stewardship programs and establishing eco fees for them. We’ll therefore focus on these…

  • Sleep Country

    June 1, 2012 by John Nicholson

    Best known for being the home of Yale University, Connecticut may soon be able to lay claim to being the first jurisdiction in North America to require mattress recycling. One of the main reasons for the legislation is that government officials…

  • Efforts in Futility?

    June 1, 2012 by Peter Hargreave

    Almost two years ago, the “eco fee fiasco” broke in Ontario over fees charged for end-of-life management of household hazardous and special waste products and containers. With the fiasco dissolved any movement toward reforming the…

  • Niagara Residents Recycle More to Fight Cancer

    June 1, 2012 by Usman Valiante

    Emterra Group is encouraging Niagara Region residents to recycle more as a mechanism for raising money to support Niagara’s new Walker Family Cancer Centre, now under construction in St. Catharines, Ontario.

  • Results From Our Industry Survey

    April 1, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    When I inquired mid-February about how things were going with our online industry and readership survey, I was very happy to learn from our IT department that over 500 readers had filled in the questionnaire. That’s a great…

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    The Soviet Republic of Ontario

    April 1, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    Years ago when Ontario established the Waste Diversion Organization, now known as Waste Diversion Ontario or “WDO,” to oversee the funding program of the province’s blue box and various product stewardship programs, we…

  • Thermagreen

    April 1, 2012 by Diane Blackburn

    Way back in 1893, Canada’s 6th Governor General, Frederick Arthur Stanley, Lord Stanley of Preston, donated to hockey one of Canada’s most beloved icons, the Stanley Cup. In that same year, German entrepreneur Ernst Ferdinand Walter…