Solid Waste & Recycling


  • Netherlands Waste Management Themed Trade Mission- Day 2

    September 23, 2014 by Paul van der Werf

    Follow the Trade Mission on Twitter at @2cg_ Day Two We spent another solid day on the road looking at Dutch waste management facilities. Today we say a fridge recycling facility (and heard about e waste recycling), saw an waste

  • Netherlands Waste Management Themed Trade Mission- Day 1

    September 22, 2014 by Paul van der Werf

    Things started with a bang today. With some still struggling to wipe away jet-lag’s cobwebs we set out on a very full day. This blog presents some highlights from various site visits and then provides some background information on each

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mr. Bradley and Premier Wynne – On Bill 91, go back and start again*

    November 3, 2013 by David S. McRobert

    (Note: A Summary of Opposition Comments on Bill 91 as of October 3, 2013 follows this blog post.) In early June 2013, the Honourable Jim Bradley, Ontario Minister of the Environment tabled Bill 91, the proposed Waste Reduction Act. Despite

  • Reflections on the Architects of Human-made Disasters; or Why Overlaps Often aren’t such a Bad Thing

    September 30, 2013 by David S. McRobert

    By David McRobert (with contributions from Meghan Robinson and Sharon Sam) For decades I have struggled with an illusive, demanding and unforgiving mistress who has kept up me many nights: my muse asks, “David how can we balance economic goals

  • Dutch Waste Management Trade Mission-Day 2

    September 20, 2013 by Paul van der Werf

    Follow the Trade Mission on Twitter at @2cg_ Waste Management Themed Trade Mission to Netherlands Day Two We spent another solid day on the road looking at Dutch waste management facilities. Electronic waste has a fairly broad definition in the

  • Overview of Dutch Waste Management Policy

    September 18, 2013 by Paul van der Werf

    Follow the Trade Mission on Twitter at @2cg_ Waste Management Themed Trade Mission to Netherlands Day Three Waste Management in the Netherlands Mr. Loek Bergman Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment Directorate for Sustainability The Netherlands is a densely populated