Solid Waste & Recycling

  • WDO lobbied to reject Call2Recycle plan

    January 21, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) is considering a new battery recycling program that, if approved, would lower recycling standards in the province and permit “downcycling” of used batteries into slag rather than the current “upcycling” into added-value products. At least that’s

  • Damming the Amazon

    January 14, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Last Tuesday I returned from a 10-day trip to the Amazon. My adventure was organized by Pulse Tours ( — an outfit about which I can’t say enough good things. As I mentioned in a blog post back in December,

  • The Story of Solutions

    December 26, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    By the time you read this, having returned to work after New Year’s Eve and the Christmas Season of conspicuous consumption, I will be in the jungle of the Upper Amazon, either trekking to see animals or hanging out at

  • Off to save the Amazon

    December 12, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    This is an interview with Panacea Peru owner Emily Shaw about her business exporting Amazon botanics outside of South America, but first… …you need to know that just after Christmas I’m jumping on a plane and heading off to save the

  • Newspapers and MMBC fall out over recycling fees

    December 10, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    One of the more interesting developments in the struggle to introduce extended producer responsibility (EPR) in British Columbia is the reaction of the organization that represents the newspaper industry to the new recycling system that’s to be introduced next year,

  • OWMA response to FCPC position on Ontario's Waste Reduction Act

    November 13, 2013 by Rob Cook

    As was stated in a cover letter today from Peter Hargreave, Director, Policy & Strategy for the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) — of which I am Chief Executive Officer — it has been brought to our attention that there are many

  • The cancer prevention diet: an update

    November 11, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    When I attend environment industry events these days I’m often approached by people who ask me for an update on the “cancer prevention diet” I introduced to readers in a series of online articles a couple of years ago. A

  • Thoughts on the Arctic 30

    November 4, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    By now most readers have heard of the “Arctic 30” — a group of Greenpeace protesters plus two journalists who have been detained by Russian authorities and charged with “piracy” for their involvement in staging a protest in the Arctic,

  • Mr. Bradley and Premier Wynne – On Bill 91, go back and start again*

    November 3, 2013 by David S. McRobert

    (Note: A Summary of Opposition Comments on Bill 91 as of October 3, 2013 follows this blog post.) In early June 2013, the Honourable Jim Bradley, Ontario Minister of the Environment tabled Bill 91, the proposed Waste Reduction Act. Despite

  • Three video clips to get you thinking outside the box

    October 24, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    Make that the “TV box.” I have pretty much given up watching regular television in favor of programs available on the internet. Whereas a few years ago I thought YouTube was only a place to watch funny pet videos, it’s