Solid Waste & Recycling


  • On-farm anaerobic digestion: getting it right

    October 15, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    I thought readers would appreciate reading a letter that Susan Antler, Executive Director of The Compost Council of Canada, sent recently to CCC members inviting them to advocate for proper standards and best-management practices in regard to a proposed new

  • Dispelling the BS about BC

    October 3, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    There is great interest in British Columbia these days and it isn’t in anticipation of the upcoming ski season but rather for the controversy around the introduction of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Printed-Paper and Packaging (PPP). The introduction of

  • Reflections on the Architects of Human-made Disasters; or Why Overlaps Often aren’t such a Bad Thing

    September 30, 2013 by David S. McRobert

    By David McRobert (with contributions from Meghan Robinson and Sharon Sam) For decades I have struggled with an illusive, demanding and unforgiving mistress who has kept up me many nights: my muse asks, “David how can we balance economic goals

  • Ontario Bill 91 second reading video

    September 24, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    Ontario Bill 91, Waste Reduction Act, has gone to second reading in the legislature. Here is a YouTube video of the presentation by Environment Minister Jim Bradley and some rebuttal from the opposition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=DSAMQqjESvk&list=UUR-hWNZURtyDMopn1soOsrw If you haven’t done so already,

  • Overview of Dutch Waste Management Policy

    September 18, 2013 by Paul van der Werf

    Follow the Trade Mission on Twitter at @2cg_ Waste Management Themed Trade Mission to Netherlands Day Three Waste Management in the Netherlands Mr. Loek Bergman Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment Directorate for Sustainability The Netherlands is a densely populated

  • Saving the Arctic (one bike ride at a time)

    September 17, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    I joined with my friend Julie Epplett in a GreenPeace bike ride in Toronto on Sunday protesting the prospect of oil drilling in the Arctic. The event was part of a global protest that took place at the same time

  • Why Ontario’s Bill 91 Waste Reduction Act is a bad deal for municipalities

    September 15, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    The effect of the people’s agreeing that there must be central planning, without agreeing on the ends, will be rather as if a group of people were to commit themselves to take a journey together without agreeing where they want

  • Smear campaign against BC EPR

    September 10, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    Perhaps it’s not surprising that the the public sector unions in BC are doing a drive-by smear job on new extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs that would be run by the private sector, which may or may not contract collection and processing

  • Toxic nanoparticles and the food supply

    August 27, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    I know, I know… you don’t need more bad news, what with bee colonies collapsing around us (http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/at-the-edge/2013/08/07/bee-colony-collapses-are-more-complex-than-we-thought), fracking destroying the watersheds of North America (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZe1AeH0Qz8), and another major conflict about to blow up in the Middle East after reports

  • A critique of the Intermediaries provisions in Ontario's draft waste reduction bill

    August 22, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    Collective producer action for extended producer responsibility (EPR) is a hot topic in Ontario. This article focuses on the Intermediary provisions of Bill 91, which are redundant and should be eliminated. Ontario’s Environment Minister Jim Bradley has stated that the Industry