Solid Waste & Recycling


  • Asleep at the Switch: Regulators prioritize corporate interests over public safety with oil shipments by rail

    April 10, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Recent articles in the Toronto Star and the Globe & Mail newspapers paint a disturbing picture of the situation in Canada (and by extension the United States) regarding safety and public disclosure of information about fuel oil shipped by rail through populated urban areas,

  • New extended producer responsibility study

    March 31, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    I thought to share the article below from Recycling Today magazine, dated March 27, 2014. The article briefly describes at study from PAC NEXT and the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). The report examines EPR programs in Canada, Europe and Australia. The report seeks to

  • The stewardship fight heats up in BC

    March 27, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    An article in the Campbell River Mirror (updated March 25) neatly sums up the showdown developing in British Columbia over complex issues related to that province’s extensive producer responsibility program for end-of-life management of packaging and printed paper. If your

  • Canada's botched EPR plans derailing US product stewardship

    March 25, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    When I first received the news release on March 24 from the National Waste & Recycling Association — a US trade organization that represents private waste services companies — I was quite shocked and somewhat appalled at the group’s strident position

  • Biddle and the plastic riddle

    March 18, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    One of our contributing editors forwarded me the link recently to an excellent article in The Guardian online profiling entrepreneur plastics recycler Mike Biddle, who recently departed international recycling company MBA Polymers. The article is interesting on a number of levels,

  • The burning question

    February 11, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    On February 10, 2014, Matt Prindville, Associate Director at Upstream (formerly the Product Policy Institute) published an online article entitled”The Burning Question” that I reproduce in full below. (If you wish to skip quickly to the link, it is here:

  • Canadian government tries to muzzle oil sands critics

    February 10, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    I find the media reports extremely disturbing about the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) auditing environmental groups that have been high-profile critics of the Alberta oil sands project. You’d think that politicizing the agency that collects tax and conducts audits is

  • Call2Recycle responds to Toronto Star article

    January 22, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Call2Recycle responded to my blog entry “WDO lobbied to reject Call2Recycle plan” (http://blog.solidwastemag.com/wdo-lobbied-to-reject-call2recycle-plan/) by forwarding a copy of a Letter to the Editor that the organization’s Executive Director Joe Zenobio sent to the Toronto Star. I reproduce the letter below

  • WDO lobbied to reject Call2Recycle plan

    January 21, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) is considering a new battery recycling program that, if approved, would lower recycling standards in the province and permit “downcycling” of used batteries into slag rather than the current “upcycling” into added-value products. At least that’s

  • Mullinder on EPR and Blue Box funding

    January 13, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    I very much enjoyed a recent online column (blog) by John Mullinder, Executive Director of the Paper & Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) in Brampton, Ontario (www.ppec-paper.com) that summarizes important concerns industry “stewards” have about new provincial schemes in which producers pay