Solid Waste & Recycling


  • 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.

  • News releases that make my eyes roll

    August 20, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    Once in a while a news release comes across my desk that really makes my eyes roll. In this case, the news item relates to Nestlé Waters Canada receiving Atlantic Packaging’s Certificate of Environmental Sustainability Award. There are layers of

  • Quebec's floundering asbestos industry

    August 14, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    This week I thought to share an article that appeared in the Toronto Star on August 10 by Kathleen Ruff about asbestos and the situation in Quebec, where attempts to restart an asbestos mine have floundered because of difficulties funding

  • 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

  • Feds invest in hemp and flax biofuel

    July 30, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    I’m in a busy magazine deadline but thought this week it’d be worth sharing the following news release sent to me by a friend who works for the federal government. It’s encouraging that the Harper government is investing in a

  • DFO Staff cut couldn’t come at a worse time

    July 28, 2012 by David S. McRobert

    As the letter writer said, “regardless of the law, with no enforcement, fish habitat destruction becomes the de facto rule of law.”

  • 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

  • Asbestos subsidies: Canada’s shame

    July 16, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    Last week a post from our new regular online columnist David McRobert wrote Part 1 of a two-part article (http://bloghm.hazmatmag.com/2012/07/asbestos_industry_given_58m_le.htm) on asbestos in Canada and new subsidies from the Quebec government to prop up the industry and allow the re-opening

  • 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