Solid Waste & Recycling


  • Ontario's first Zero Waste conference a success!

    August 12, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Ontario’s first Zero Waste Conference took place yesterday (Monday, August 11, with a reception and a bit of program on the Sunday evening before) at the new, modern Lakehead University campus in Orillia, Ontario. The team that put it together, inspired and

  • Some signs of progress

    August 5, 2014 by John Mullinder

    The US-based environmental group, Upstream, has quietly changed the numbers in its Waste of Forests campaign, correcting the error that inflated its packaging waste claim by about 30 per cent (Upstream misses the boat). We remain hopeful that the group

  • Our upcoming August/September edition

    August 4, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    I thought readers might be interested in knowing what’s coming up in the forthcoming August/September 2014 edition of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine.   COVER STORY SPOTLIGHT: TERRACYCLE TerraCycle Canada has been making news lately, including announcements in British Columbia

  • Loblaws says it's still charging for bags

    July 29, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    I wish to share a letter to the editor in advance of the publication of our print August/September edition, in which the letter will also appear. My attention was drawn by Loblaws supermarket chain’s public relations director that a news

  • Packaging costs NYC taxpayers $600 million

    July 22, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    It’s interesting to read about what Americans know or think is happening in Canada with respect to product stewardship or extended producer responsibility (EPR). This online article by Bill Sheehan, Executive Director of UPSTREAM (formerly the Product Policy Institute) recently

  • The Race to the Bottom Part 2 – Death of a Recycler

    June 24, 2014 by Usman Valiante

    Is there a greater tragedy imaginable than that, in our endeavour consciously to shape our future in accordance with high ideals, we should in fact unwittingly produce the very opposite of what we have been striving for?  ― Friedrich August von

  • Upstream misses the boat – part 2

    June 23, 2014 by John Mullinder

    There are two things that bug us about the recent packaging campaign launched by US-based environmental group, Upstream: its misleading use of data (outlined in an earlier blog) and its superficial and one-sided view of how the paper packaging industries

  • The Race to the Bottom – Part 1

    June 17, 2014 by Usman Valiante

    On May 29th 2014 I gave a talk at the Recycling Council of BC’s Zero Waste Conference (which can be downloaded here) about ensuring efficiency and effectiveness under Extended Producer Responsibility. In that presentation I advance the idea that the

  • Improving your industry news — we welcome your comments & feedback

    June 17, 2014 by David Nesseth

    Times are a-changing, but for the better. As of today, I’m taking on a more dedicated role with HAZMATMAG.COM and its sister site SOLIDWASTEMAG.COM. What does that mean for you? Well, it means better quality content and more up-to-date news, more photos, and

  • Feds go green with electronics procurement

    June 17, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    I thought readers might be interested in the following news related to cost internalization in electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) procurement. Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has made cost internalization of EPR program EHF/eco-fees for AV equipment a requirement