Solid Waste & Recycling


  • Policies in the Oz

    March 7, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    It’s interesting sometimes to look at policies and environmental developments in Australia or New Zealand – countries on the far side of the planet that, with their colonial pasts, vast wilderness areas and abundant natural resources, are similar in many

  • Bottles and Bags

    February 23, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    There were two stories that caught my eye today. In London, Ontario there is some debate about whether or not to rescind the ban on bottled water at City Hall and municipal facilities. The other story that caught my eye

  • Maine: Welfare for Waste?

    February 14, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    According to the Athens, Georgia-based Product Policy Institute (PPI), Maine’s new Governor Paul LePage (R) is proposing to keep state recycling programs on the dole, and cut fee-based take-back programs paid for by manufacturers and their customers. The development is

  • RANDOM THOUGHTS ON POLITICS, THE ENVIRONMENT & A FEW OTHER THINGS

    February 11, 2011 by Gordon McGuinty

    The cost of green energy is becoming too much for many. Eric Reguly, a business columnist for the Globe and Mail, recently noted that a number of European countries are rolling back their subsidies for renewable energy. Reguly commented that;

  • The passing of Jack McGinnis

    February 7, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    Jack McGinnis died last week at age 64 of complications related to lung disease. Jack, I just learned, had serious lung problems and for the past year was rarely without supplied oxygen, worked from home and had difficulty with things

  • Ten points about Zero Waste (reprise)

    January 26, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    I was very flattered the other day when someone from Ontario’s environment ministry suggested I repost a blog entry from last year on Zero Waste that she thought bore repeating. So here it is again, ten points about Zero Waste.

  • Welcome to my blog

    January 25, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    Hello readers. We’re introducing Paul van der Werf’s blog on Solid Waste & Recycling magazine’s website. Paul is a contributing editor to the magazine and is well known to readers, having written the Composting Matters column over the years, which

  • Welcome to my blog

    January 25, 2011 by Usman Valiante

    Hello readers. We’re introducing Usman Valiante’s blog on Solid Waste & Recycling magazine’s website. Usman is a contributing editor to the magazine and is well known to readers, having written many articles and columns over the years. This blog allows

  • Industry coopting the EPR term

    January 12, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    I received an interesting and disturbing email from the Product Policy Institute’s Bill Sheehan about an article by Nestle CEO, Kim Jefferies — “Why It’s Time to Rethink Recycling in the US” — that was posted to greenbiz.com right before

  • WHERE DID HE GO WRONG?

    January 5, 2011 by Gordon McGuinty

    Happy New Year! Back after a great holiday in Canmore. Skiing was good at Lake Louise and Sunshine; besides, any day in the mountains is a good day! 2011 will be a year of politics in Canada. In October there