Solid Waste & Recycling

  • Fuel of the future

    April 13, 2011 by Wes Muir

    A new generation of alternative fuel fleets is hitting roads across the country. Last month in the Metro Vancouver region, Waste Management unveiled 20 new garbage and recycling trucks powered by compressed natural gas, or CNG. At the request of

  • Waste Management invests in Agilyx Corporation

    April 4, 2011 by Wes Muir

    On March 31 Waste Management entered into a strategic investment with a company that is able to recycle waste plastic into synthetic crude oil. I offer it for reader interest. Agilyx Secures $22 Million Series B Round to Accelerate Growth

  • E Magazine article on EPR

    April 4, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    E Magazine ( recently published a very good overview article on extended producer responsibility (EPR) in the United States, and efforts to thwart it, followed by an interview with the Product Policy Institute’s Bill Sheehan. I reproduce the article and

  • Uncle Sam's Waste

    March 13, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    I have had the benefit of not one but two winter holidays this year. I am not used to taking winter holidays and could probably do without them. They are kind of like a conjugal visit with Mother Nature. It’s

  • Ten points about Zero Waste (reprise)

    January 26, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    I was very flattered the other day when someone from Ontario’s environment ministry suggested I repost a blog entry from last year on Zero Waste that she thought bore repeating. So here it is again, ten points about Zero Waste.

  • Industry coopting the EPR term

    January 12, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    I received an interesting and disturbing email from the Product Policy Institute’s Bill Sheehan about an article by Nestle CEO, Kim Jefferies — “Why It’s Time to Rethink Recycling in the US” — that was posted to right before


    December 2, 2010 by Gordon McGuinty

    I have been waiting a week or so to gather my thoughts on this one. The McGuinty Government has just approved the construction of a garbage incinerator in Durham Region, just east of the City of Toronto. – WITHOUT A

  • Politics: That Ford Factor! — Under Attack!

    October 6, 2010 by Gordon McGuinty

    The municipal elections in Ontario are just around the corner and the mayor’s race in the City of Toronto is being watched across Canada. Why? Because a shake up in the status quo may finally be at hand. Voters are

  • Compost as a toxic waste?

    June 14, 2010 by Guy Crittenden

    In May an argument resurfaced between the Composting Council of Canada (CCC) and Stewardship Ontario (SO) over the definition of compost as a fertilizer and negative implications from its inclusion in Ontario’s stewardship program for municipal hazardous and special waste.

  • Letter on EPR offers insights

    May 10, 2010 by Guy Crittenden

    I thought readers might enjoy this letter from consultant and contributing editor Usman Valiante. It contains some observations about EPR and competition that are worth noting. Here’s the letter: Hi Guy, I had the misfortune of attending Environment Canada’s 6th