Solid Waste & Recycling

  • Plastic pollution and the world’s oceans

    August 12, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    According to the website (, “…plastic constitutes approximately 90 per cent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.” Much of the plastic debris that enters the environment ultimately finds its

  • Ontario Bill 91 Waste Reduction Act and the role of recyclers

    July 29, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    By stimulating innovation, strict environmental regulations can actually enhance competitiveness. Toward a New Conception of the Environment-Competitiveness Relationship Michael E. Porter and Claas van der Linde The Waste Reduction Strategy –- the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s marketing document that

  • Less bad is no good

    July 29, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    A recent blog entry from the Athens, Georgia-based Product Policy Institute reminds me why the PPI is one of my favorite organizations taking on the “bleeding edge” of waste and recycling issues, talking — as it does — not so

  • A policy debate over organic waste and biogas

    July 15, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    An interesting contest of opinion has opened up between the association that represents the private sector waste management industry in Ontario and an association that represents stakeholders who wish to increase the amount of organic waste managed via on-farm anaerobic

  • Understanding extended producer responsibility

    July 2, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    With the introduction of product stewardship programs across Canada (and to a lesser extent the United States) it’s worth reminding ourselves about their ultimate purpose, which often gets lost in discussions over specific policy details. With the introduction of its

  • Thoughts on Ontario EPR (and an article about Maine)

    June 24, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    On June 6, 2013 Ontario Minister of the Environment Jim Bradley released the long-awaited draft Waste Reduction Act, 2013 (WDA) for a 90-day public review and comment period. The proposed Act would replace the existing Waste Diversion Act, 2002 and, if

  • Ontario's new Waste Diversion Act

    June 10, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    For some time rumours have circulated in Ontario that Environment Minister Jim Bradley and his staff have been working on a new piece of legislation to move a file forward that got dropped unceremoniously by a previous minister, who had

  • Lawrence Solomon skewers global warming hype

    April 22, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    Lawrence Solomon, the Executive Director of Energy Probe and someone whose writing and opinions I respect greatly, has continued to write an article series dispelling the assumptions people have that the Earth’s climate is warming. (His bio is at the

  • OWMA's excellent product stewardship ideas

    April 15, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    It’s not every day that I encounter an editorial that I read and then say to myself, “I wish I’d written that!” The article below (and Sun letter) appeared in the Toronto media recently, reflecting ideas developed by the Ontario

  • BC battery recycling and thoughts on externalized costs

    April 9, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    The link at the end of this post connects to an article in the Vancouver Sun, about which I became aware through the April 2013 edition of the RECAP email newsletter I receive each month from the Recycling Council of