Solid Waste & Recycling


  • 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

  • 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,

  • The viewpoint that’s destroying this world

    February 3, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    There exist two opposing views of the Earth we live on that have thus far been incompatible with one another. And one of those viewpoints is destroying the ecosystems of this planet and the animals that live within them. The

  • Where to focus our attention

    October 22, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    Brian Tippetts, a director with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) contacted me recently via Linkedin (hey, maybe Linkedin is useful after all!) and shared a blog entry from John Trotti, editor of US-based MSW Management magazine, which

  • 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

  • Recollections of my stepfather, Peter Worthington (1927-2013)

    May 14, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    Shortly before midnight on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2013, my stepfather Peter Worthington, 86, died in his sleep at Toronto General Hospital, after briefly fighting a staph infection and other medical complications, including failing kidneys. I’d like to write briefly

  • New info from an in-depth article on the Deepwater Horizon spill

    April 30, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    Our sister publication HazMat Management focuses on contaminated site cleanup, new technology and pollution abatement. We have a strong readership (and growing) in the oil & gas sector, and in oil services companies. So I thought an in-depth article that appeared on

  • Thoughts on robots

    March 18, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    Something I read a while back about the future contained the amusing line, “Where are the darn robots already!” This line harkened back to front covers of Popular Mechanics magazines with the “family of the future” flying about in UFO-like

  • Plastic waste article (and a note about global warming)

    February 21, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    An article in the Los Angeles Times about environmental hazards from certain kinds of plastic gives food for thought. The article was circulated recently by the Product Policy Institute (productpolicy.org), and was based on an article that appeared in the

  • The Sharing Economy

    January 21, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    I recommend that anyone interested in having a career or a company that’s successful in the coming years read this fascinating article from the magazine Fast Company about the so-called “sharing economy.” It’s one of the most interesting articles I’ve