Solid Waste & Recycling

Waste Diversion

  • Feature Waste Diversion

    Days of Wine and Roses

    August 1, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    I was pleased to receive the report Refillable Wine Bottles in Ontario: Cases for Reuse from Toronto, Ontario-based Environmental Defence in May of this year. The report neatly summarizes the arguments in favor of reusing wine bottles rather…

  • The Future of Plastics Recycling

    August 1, 2011 by John Nicholson

    The use of plastics in modern society is everywhere and any campaign to stop their use is likely futile at this point. As sustainable practices become more prevalent, the recycling of plastic continues to be an ongoing challenge due to there…

  • Reaching the Kids

    June 1, 2011 by John Watson

    Outreach is among the preferred tools municipalities use in the development of their waste management communication plans, yet many struggle with how to make them effective for youth and school-aged children.

  • Feature Waste Diversion

    Deep Collection

    June 1, 2011 by Brian Page & Lisa Thompson

    Municipalities and property owners will be interested in an alternative to the traditional stand-alone dumpster, the unsightly wooden enclosure or the (more recent) fully enclosed and roofed structure. So-called “deep-collection” for waste…

  • Biomass Utilization

    June 1, 2011 by John Nicholson

    [From the CleanTech Canada supplement]

  • New Stewardship Initiatives across Canada

    June 1, 2011 by Rosalind Cooper

    EPR program in British Columbia The Government of British Columbia has approved amendments to the Recycling Regulation that will enhance the extended producer responsibility system by incorporating packaging and printed papers derived from…

  • Missed Opportunities

    April 1, 2011 by James Sbrolla

    Blue box curbside recycling programs are about 30 years old now. Widely embraced by the public, the blue box was a game changer that increased people’s awareness of environmental issues and gave them a convenient way to do something positive….

  • On the Farm

    April 1, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    It used to be that waste generated on farms across Canada was simply burned or accumulated in landfill sites.

  • Waste Initiatives across Canada (April 01, 2011)

    April 1, 2011 by Rosalind Cooper

    B.C. small appliance program

  • Plastic-to-Wax

    April 1, 2011 by John Nicholson

    The concept of converting plastics to products isn’t necessarily new. The conversion of plastic waste into petroleum feedstock is technically viable but also costly. Contributing to the high costs is the fact that there are over seven types of…