Solid Waste & Recycling

  • Back to the Future: The Beer Store’s Recycling Plus in Perspective

    March 26, 2013 by David S. McRobert

      Image: Sung, One of North Toronto’s numerous soft drink can recyclers, July 2012.  Photo credit: David McRobert.   Authors’ Note: This blog was drafted on February 17th but I was unable to load it due to technical and software

  • Hypocrite in Chief

    March 9, 2013 by Paul van der Werf

    Former Vice President and failed Presidential Candidate Al Gore has been a poster boy for the environmental movement especially as it relates to global warming and climate change. He won a Nobel Peace Prize for his effort. He does give

  • Obama’s next opponent: our vast network of climate denial think tanks

    February 14, 2013 by David S. McRobert

    According to the Guardian, the funds, doled out between 2002 and 2010, helped build a vast network of think tanks and activist groups working to a single purpose: to redefine climate change from neutral scientific fact to a highly polarizing “wedge issue” for hardcore conservatives.

  • The Myth of Human Progress

    February 4, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    I found this article on the myth of human progress from very interesting and thought share it with readers. My favourite paragraph contains this gem: “We must transcend our evolutionary history. We’re Ice Age hunters with a shave and

  • Coke's battle to protect its right to promote obesity

    January 23, 2013 by David S. McRobert

    As Bittman writes, “The beverage companies see the writing on the wall and will lobby, cajole, beg, plead, propagandize, lie, spend and do anything else they have to do to prevent that regulation, just as the tobacco companies did. And chances are, in time, they’ll also accept regulation in the United States while aggressively increasing their marketing efforts overseas. But that won’t work either, because the word is out: Coke is not part of the solution. It’s a big part of the problem.”

  • Your second life

    January 15, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    One of the developments in technology I find most fascinating is a virtual reality (VR) platform called Second Life. You can view it here: (Note that if you click on the introductory video and keep watching it actually scrolls

  • Remembering activist Maureen Reilly

    December 17, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    It was with shock and sadness last week that I learned of the death of environmental activist Maureen Reilly who died suddenly in Toronto on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at age 58. As the news release I put together states,

  • Thoughts on the insourcing boom

    December 10, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    By now most readers will have learned that Apple is moving some of its computer production to the USA. Apple won’t be making the units directly, but hiring a contractor. This was seen as big news, because the trend, especially

  • The (excellent) Tory plan to revitalize EPR

    December 3, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    I was pleased to see an article making the rounds, penned by Michael Harris, Environment Critic for the Ontario Conservatives, who currently sit in opposition, with parliament shuttered and the Liberals trying to figure out who might replace Premier Dalton

  • Giving Away the EPR Store in BC

    November 26, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    My most recent editorial in Solid Waste & Recycling magazine, “Kootenay Boundary’s Line in the Sand,” (October/November 2012 edition) looked at what’s happening in recycling in British Columbia and problems with what had appeared to be an exciting leading-edge program