Solid Waste & Recycling


  • Modern wastefulness was deliberately designed by industry

    July 15, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    A July 9, 2014 article from the Discard Studies Blog caught my attention, thanks to it being forwarded to me by the folks at UPSTREAM (http://upstreampolicy.org). The article deserves reading by anyone in the waste management industry, and especially people crafting

  • A case of shameless self-promotion

    July 14, 2014 by John Mullinder

    If you want to find out more about paper packaging and the environment then set aside the morning of November 12 in Brampton, Ontario. There you will be treated to a frank State-of- the-Nation address by the executive director of

  • 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

  • Messing with the term "Zero Waste"

    June 24, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Words have power, as propagandists have known for a very long time. If you can get people thinking in certain terms via the use of certain words, public policy can move successfully in a direction of your choosing, and not

  • Upstream misses the boat – part 2

    June 23, 2014 by John Mullinder

    There are two things that bug us about the recent packaging campaign launched by US-based environmental group, Upstream: its misleading use of data (outlined in an earlier blog) and its superficial and one-sided view of how the paper packaging industries

  • Improving your industry news — we welcome your comments & feedback

    June 17, 2014 by David Nesseth

    Times are a-changing, but for the better. As of today, I’m taking on a more dedicated role with HAZMATMAG.COM and its sister site SOLIDWASTEMAG.COM. What does that mean for you? Well, it means better quality content and more up-to-date news, more photos, and

  • StewardEdge edges into BC multi-rez

    June 3, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    I try to never forget I’m editing a magazine on solid waste and recycling issues for the whole of Canada (and have sometimes taken flack for being too focused on Ontario, because I live there) but I have to say

  • 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

  • Hey hey! Ho ho! Bylaw 280's got to go!

    May 12, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Articles in the Abbotsford News and  Tri-Cities Now report that local (and non-local) Chambers of Commerce are calling for the rejection of a bylaw proposed by Metro Vancouver that would restrict the flow of waste and control various waste-related activities

  • Mothers of Invention: Mother Parkers takes on cumulative effects, one tea serving at a time

    April 15, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    An article published April 10, 2014 by The Canadian Press addresses a matter that’s near and dear to my heart on multiple levels. The article concerns tea and coffee company Mother Parkers, which has debuted a recyclable single-use tea and