Solid Waste & Recycling


  • Netherlands Waste Management Themed Trade Mission – Day 4

    September 26, 2014 by Paul van der Werf

    Today we were in and around the Arnhem area, travelling to Duiven (Doves), Veenendaal and Renkum. We visited a waste to energy facility, cart/underground bin manufacturer and paper recycler. We finished off our day with a group trek into Arnhem’s

  • 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

  • What Metro Vancouver's missing in its rush to incinerate

    September 23, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Readers will find this op-ed piece from the Vancouver Sun interesting. Written by John Winter — President of the BC Chamber of Commerce — the article describes Metro Vancouver’s proposed Bylaw 280, a piece of flow-control legislation that would direct

  • 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

  • Follow the Netherlands Waste Management Trade Mission

    September 19, 2014 by Paul van der Werf

    Follow the trade mission at @2cg_, @NLinToronto #NLwastemission Also see a number blogs that I will write throughout the week.  An overview of the trade mission follows. During the week of September 21st 2014, a group of 13 Canadian delegates

  • The Story of Stuff: ocean plastic edition

    September 16, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    I recently received an email from Allison Cook — the lady from The Story of Stuff series of environmental videos that went viral on the internet a few years ago. The initial short film led to a sequel and a

  • Call for deposits on Ontario soft drink containers

    September 2, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    A highlight of the recent Zero Waste conference in Orillia, Ontario (August 10-11) was discussion of a policy idea for the Ontario government to accelerate the province toward a more sustainable future. The idea was to call on Kathleen Wynne’s

  • Thoughts on the end times

    August 14, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    As I pack for my annual paddling trip, my thoughts have turned this summer to the dire situation we humans have created for ourselves and all other life on the planet. My paddling trip this year is to Temagami in

  • Ontario's first Zero Waste conference a success!

    August 12, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Ontario’s first Zero Waste Conference took place yesterday (Monday, August 11, with a reception and a bit of program on the Sunday evening before) at the new, modern Lakehead University campus in Orillia, Ontario. The team that put it together, inspired and

  • Packaging costs NYC taxpayers $600 million

    July 22, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    It’s interesting to read about what Americans know or think is happening in Canada with respect to product stewardship or extended producer responsibility (EPR). This online article by Bill Sheehan, Executive Director of UPSTREAM (formerly the Product Policy Institute) recently