Solid Waste & Recycling


  • Upstream misses the boat

    June 13, 2014 by John Mullinder

    There’s no question that the folks at the US-based environmental group, Upstream, have their hearts in the right place. We just wish they would get all of their facts straight. The group recently launched a wide-ranging campaign against packaging waste,

  • The beverage industry responds to BC StewardEdge blog

    June 10, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    John Challinor II, Chairman of the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA), wrote a letter in response to my blog last week, “StewardEdge edges into BC multi-rez.” In the interests of fairness and offering clarification to readers, I reprint the letter below in

  • StewardEdge edges into BC multi-rez

    June 3, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    I try to never forget I’m editing a magazine on solid waste and recycling issues for the whole of Canada (and have sometimes taken flack for being too focused on Ontario, because I live there) but I have to say

  • What do a cathedral, furniture, and a bicycle have in common?

    May 30, 2014 by John Mullinder

    Corrugated, of course. The gothic stone cathedral that was the centrepiece of Christchurch, New Zealand, was badly damaged in a 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people and has temporarily been replaced with a corrugated  alternative. The triangular prism shape of the

  • New construction waste as resource initiative

    May 27, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    I wanted to share this letter that I received yesterday about a project devoted to reducing waste in the construction and building industry, from the Construction Resource Initiatives Council. I don’t know a lot about this organization but the description

  • More than a thousand new tree seedlings are planted every minute in Canada

    May 20, 2014 by John Mullinder

    In the time it takes you to read this sentence, 169 new tree seedlings will have been planted somewhere in a commercial forest in Canada. By the time you get to the bottom of the page that number will have

  • Metro Vancouver responds on Bylaw 280

    May 20, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    On May 14 I received a letter for publication from Paul Henderson, General Manager for Solid Waste Services for Metro Vancouver, BC. The letter is in response to a series of online and print articles I wrote about Metro’s proposed Bylaw 280

  • SWANA/SWRC Northern Lights Conference This Week

    May 4, 2014 by Paul van der Werf

    In 2014 I have decided to go to some conferences I have not gone to before to hopefully gain some fresh perspectives. This week’s combined SWANA and Saskatchewan Waste Recycling Council (SWRC) comes at an interesting time as interest/development of

  • Happy Earth Day!

    April 22, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Happy Earth Day everyone! I’m so pleased to be able to say that all the world’s environmental problems have finally been solved, there’s no more toxic chemicals out there and all the world’s contaminated sites are now pollution free! Well

  • 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