Solid Waste & Recycling


  • E. coli and stupid businesses

    October 15, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    Warning: This article is a screed, and some readers may find the ideas herein challenging to their assumptions and therefore upsetting. I sometimes have to remind myself that I am “pro business” when writing for the business press, as I

  • Occupational health and safety (OHS), waste and the 3Rs

    September 11, 2012 by David S. McRobert

    Lately, I channel the well-placed “What?” during Taylor Swift’s lyrics to her new hit song, We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together – song number two on an accidental gift CD left in my Dodge Caliber by my 20-year old daughter Alex. And then my mind goes spinning as I imagine attending some seminar in the late 1980s being run by industry and municipal recycling coordinators trained on conveyor belt operations by Henry Ford.

  • Stupid mistakes companies make that turn away new business

    August 27, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    I was recently contacted by an organization that needed help putting together a list of possible service providers in the waste and recycling industry to manage a mixed waste stream. (For confidentiality reasons I can’t divulge the organization’s name, but

  • Energy Conservation, Climate Change and the 3Rs (6Rs?)

    August 27, 2012 by David S. McRobert

    One point that is lost or downplayed in most discussions about some of the themes in my recent book is that the 3Rs hierarchy and 6Rs principles (http://practicalaction.org/6rs) have vital implications in terms of climate change, pollution prevention and energy conservation.

  • Asbestos in Quebec, Part 2: Why We Export Death – Perhaps we feel “Lucky”?

    August 11, 2012 by David S. McRobert

    Part of my reasoning was related to the fact that Canadians have spent millions of dollars refining the technologies associated with controlling asbestos hazards. We have produced hundreds of reports and studies by some of the best engineers and doctors in the world

  • Understanding Zero Waste: Revisiting an Old Essay

    July 23, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    I recently transferred old files onto my new Mac laptop (yes, I am finally a Mac person!) and came across an essay I wrote a couple of years ago about understanding Zero Waste and what could be called a trend

  • Premier Dalton McGuinty: "I take the responsibility for the decision"

    July 18, 2012 by Gordon McGuinty

    Some may say it is “the Power of the People”. I say, without any hesitation, it is the need for “Political Survival”. The unfortunate part is we just pay the bill and the political system carries on until the next bad decision. If you ask me, it is more than a little scary for all of us.

  • Asbestos industry given $58M ‘lease on life’ by Quebec: Part 1

    July 17, 2012 by David S. McRobert

    But are Charest and Harper offering a chalice or handing employers in developing nations the Blade of Death? David McRobert The announcement late last week (June 29, 2012) that the Canadian asbestos industry may have just been given a second

  • Mosquito repellant in pill form

    July 9, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    I just returned from a 10-day trip to Italy (Naples, Rome) and arrived in time to update my blog for the week. I don’t have time to write anything extensive so I thought I’d just share this interesting news item

  • Saving the pigs (and making the connections)

    June 25, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    Last week I attended a lecture at OISE in Toronto hosted by The Inner Garden in which activist Joanna Macy spoke to a packed audience of more than 500 people on topics related to her new book Active Hope: How