Solid Waste & Recycling

  • Canadian asbestos production suspended

    November 27, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    If it was ever time to shut down Canada’s asbestos industry, that time is now. Why? Because the industry has suspended production anyway. This may be temporary, but it needn’t be. I’ve copied an article below from the Canadian Press

  • The Rise of EPR

    November 14, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    The recent 2nd annual Canadian Waste Sector Symposium had an excellent slate of speakers and was a good learning opportunity. One of the things that impressed me most was the degree to which Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) has become or

  • Nimbyism — An International Industry

    October 31, 2011 by Gordon McGuinty

    A few weeks ago I made the prediction that the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta, through the United States, to Texas would receive Presidential approval by year-end. Now – I am not so sure; the political agenda is out

  • On the Road in Alberta- Part 2

    October 5, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    Today is the start of the Recycling Council of Alberta’s annual conference. This year’s installation is called Recycling Means Business and has a gangster theme. Their web site ( includes pictures bullets and the sound of gun shots. I will

  • An Election: Does Anyone Tell The Truth?

    September 19, 2011 by Gordon McGuinty

    What do I write about: Politics, the Environment and the Media. Well, we are in the middle of the Ontario election campaign, and there is more verbal bull$#*! in print and on the airways than we can keep up with.

  • Remembering Ray Anderson

    August 15, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    Thanks to Bill Sheehan for passing along the message last week that Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface Carpet, died on August 8. Anderson was a fixture as a speaker at product stewardship conferences and a leader in the Zero Waste

  • Learning to Fly

    July 8, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    I like it when things work out. London, Ontario’s Try Recycling ( is turning 20. Lately I have been listening to a lot of Pink Floyd. This is the result of an accidental itunes box set order and the 170

  • Toronto Star article points up shortcomings of e-waste program

    June 27, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    This article from the Toronto Star will interest readers as it provides a neat summary of the problems facing Ontario’s e-waste stewardship program. I have a few issues with this article (notably the writing style and references to “the stewardship”

  • Brownfield redevelopment on the west coast

    June 27, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    Cleaning up and redeveloping old industrial sites (brownfields) may not at first seem directly connected to waste management, but recycling contaminated soil is just as important a “waste management” matter as recycling aluminum cans and kitchen scraps. I think this

  • TV stewardship, Texas style

    June 20, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    Some folks migh tbe surprised to learn that Texas is among the leading jurisdictions in the United States moving forward with product stewardship, but when you think of the state’s free market spirit, it’s perhaps not suprising that Texans are