Solid Waste & Recycling


  • SWANA/SWRC Reforum 2014- Behaviour Change Through Compassionate Systems

    May 9, 2014 by Paul van der Werf

    Friday morning’s keynote speaker Rubin Anderson gave a spirited talk on using compassionate systems to change behaviour. A thrust of his talk involved debunking what he considered the top ten human behavior myths on why they can’t/won’t change their behaviours.

  • SWANA/SWRC Reforum 2014 Conference Kicks Off

    May 8, 2014 by Paul van der Werf

    The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the Saskatchewan Waste Recycling Council (SWRC) Reforum 2014 kicked off in Regina this morning. It has brought together 250 plus delegates and 35+ exhibitors. The delegates are largely from Saskatchewan and

  • The Metro Vancouver incineration debate heats up

    May 6, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    A recent article from the Surrey North Delta Leader is only one of many local stories published in the past week critical of Metro Vancouver’s plan to build a waste-to-energy (WTE) plant to handle up to 700,000 tonnes of residual waste

  • Metro Vancouver incinerator economics rely on inflated energy prices

    April 29, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    NOTE: This article was edited on April 30 to correct a typo in which the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) was spelled as GVRD or “Greater Vancouver Regional District” which is the old name for what is now Metro Vancouver. We

  • Mothers of Invention: Mother Parkers takes on cumulative effects, one tea serving at a time

    April 15, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    An article published April 10, 2014 by The Canadian Press addresses a matter that’s near and dear to my heart on multiple levels. The article concerns tea and coffee company Mother Parkers, which has debuted a recyclable single-use tea and

  • Asleep at the Switch: Regulators prioritize corporate interests over public safety with oil shipments by rail

    April 10, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Recent articles in the Toronto Star and the Globe & Mail newspapers paint a disturbing picture of the situation in Canada (and by extension the United States) regarding safety and public disclosure of information about fuel oil shipped by rail through populated urban areas,

  • The stewardship fight heats up in BC

    March 27, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    An article in the Campbell River Mirror (updated March 25) neatly sums up the showdown developing in British Columbia over complex issues related to that province’s extensive producer responsibility program for end-of-life management of packaging and printed paper. If your

  • Canada's botched EPR plans derailing US product stewardship

    March 25, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    When I first received the news release on March 24 from the National Waste & Recycling Association — a US trade organization that represents private waste services companies — I was quite shocked and somewhat appalled at the group’s strident position

  • Biddle and the plastic riddle

    March 18, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    One of our contributing editors forwarded me the link recently to an excellent article in The Guardian online profiling entrepreneur plastics recycler Mike Biddle, who recently departed international recycling company MBA Polymers. The article is interesting on a number of levels,

  • RCO responds to "Dim Bulbs"

    March 7, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    In response to my blog entry earlier this week, Dim Bulbs: stewardship dispute generates more heat than light the Recycling Council of Ontario has provided the following letter and clarification, that I reproduce below without edit. — ed.   Wednesday, 5 March