Solid Waste & Recycling

  • The stewardship fight heats up in BC

    March 27, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    An article in the Campbell River Mirror (updated March 25) neatly sums up the showdown developing in British Columbia over complex issues related to that province’s extensive producer responsibility program for end-of-life management of packaging and printed paper. If your

  • Batteries not included: WDO and Call2Recycle's plan

    March 18, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    At the March 12, 2014 Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) board meeting, the Call2Recycle Industry Stewardship Plan for used batteries was not approved. There  was some miscommunication around the announcement of this, with at least one outlet reporting that the plan

  • Biddle and the plastic riddle

    March 18, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    One of our contributing editors forwarded me the link recently to an excellent article in The Guardian online profiling entrepreneur plastics recycler Mike Biddle, who recently departed international recycling company MBA Polymers. The article is interesting on a number of levels,

  • RCO responds to "Dim Bulbs"

    March 7, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    In response to my blog entry earlier this week, Dim Bulbs: stewardship dispute generates more heat than light the Recycling Council of Ontario has provided the following letter and clarification, that I reproduce below without edit. — ed.   Wednesday, 5 March

  • Dim Bulbs: stewardship dispute generates more heat than light

    March 4, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    I dislike getting in between different service providers when they have a dispute, especially when I consider the parties professional colleagues and even friends. And I normally don’t consider myself qualified to say that the services of Company A are

  • Is Ontario's Waste Reduction Act beyond saving?

    February 18, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    On Tuesday, February 4, I attended the Recycling Council of Ontario’s Annual General Meeting and one-day conference, the theme of which was Ontario’s proposed Bill 91, Waste Reduction Act. The Act proposes to make producers responsible for end-of-life management of products

  • The burning question

    February 11, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    On February 10, 2014, Matt Prindville, Associate Director at Upstream (formerly the Product Policy Institute) published an online article entitled”The Burning Question” that I reproduce in full below. (If you wish to skip quickly to the link, it is here:

  • 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

  • The Tragedy of the Commons and the Gift Economy

    January 28, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Readers of this magazine and my online column know I’m not a gloom-and-doom kind of guy. I lose plenty of sleep fretting over the kind of world we’re leaving our kids, but I figure the mainstream media does a good

  • Call2Recycle responds to Toronto Star article

    January 22, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Call2Recycle responded to my blog entry “WDO lobbied to reject Call2Recycle plan” ( by forwarding a copy of a Letter to the Editor that the organization’s Executive Director Joe Zenobio sent to the Toronto Star. I reproduce the letter below