Solid Waste & Recycling


    November 2, 2012 by Gordon McGuinty

    International Site & Spills Expo
    Ontario Waste Management Association

  • Remembering Pat Franklin

    October 22, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    In case you missed the news on our website or email newsletter (or elsewhere), Pat Franklin, the founder (retired) of the Container Recycling Institute (CRI) ( based in Culver City, California, died on Sunday, October 14. She died in a

  • Missing R's

    October 20, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    Waste Reduction Week is coming to a close across Canada. I suppose in some ways it is like a week of Christmas’ for those of us in the industry and the week after Thanksgiving for everyone else. As I was

  • E. coli and stupid businesses

    October 15, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    Warning: This article is a screed, and some readers may find the ideas herein challenging to their assumptions and therefore upsetting. I sometimes have to remind myself that I am “pro business” when writing for the business press, as I

  • In Search of Answers

    October 5, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    The Recycling Council of Alberta conference has come and gone again. The 25th anniversary version took place at the lovely Jasper Park Lodge (which featured a good venue and periodic warnings about rutting elk). About 325 attended this conference which

  • Understanding BC's eco fees

    October 1, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    In the forthcoming October/November edition of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine I write an editorial on what’s happening with stewardship for blue-box-type printed paper and packaging materials in the Province of British Columbia. (That edition will be printed and mailed,

  • Ontario Releases Updated Composting Guidelines

    September 26, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    As did many others I received a personalized letter, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE), in my email inbox yesterday indicating that at long last they had updated Ontario’s compost framework. This includes new standards and guidelines. This has

  • Occupational health and safety (OHS), waste and the 3Rs

    September 11, 2012 by David S. McRobert

    Lately, I channel the well-placed “What?” during Taylor Swift’s lyrics to her new hit song, We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together – song number two on an accidental gift CD left in my Dodge Caliber by my 20-year old daughter Alex. And then my mind goes spinning as I imagine attending some seminar in the late 1980s being run by industry and municipal recycling coordinators trained on conveyor belt operations by Henry Ford.

  • The cancer prevention diet: Update

    September 10, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    Some time ago I wrote a series of online blog columns about dietary changes I was researching (and implementing) for myself based on the idea that I’d like to lower my chances of getting cancer and perhaps prevent it, and

  • Stupid mistakes companies make that turn away new business

    August 27, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    I was recently contacted by an organization that needed help putting together a list of possible service providers in the waste and recycling industry to manage a mixed waste stream. (For confidentiality reasons I can’t divulge the organization’s name, but