Solid Waste & Recycling


  • Walmart's fund to avoid EPR in North America

    September 9, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    A recent online article on the GreenBiz.com website briefly describes the Closed Loop Fund led by Walmart — a consortium of major corporations that also includes Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Keurig Green Mountain and Goldman Sachs. The fund is designed to

  • The Race to the Bottom Part 2 – Death of a Recycler

    June 24, 2014 by Usman Valiante

    Is there a greater tragedy imaginable than that, in our endeavour consciously to shape our future in accordance with high ideals, we should in fact unwittingly produce the very opposite of what we have been striving for?  ― Friedrich August von

  • The Race to the Bottom – Part 1

    June 17, 2014 by Usman Valiante

    On May 29th 2014 I gave a talk at the Recycling Council of BC’s Zero Waste Conference (which can be downloaded here) about ensuring efficiency and effectiveness under Extended Producer Responsibility. In that presentation I advance the idea that the

  • Improving your industry news — we welcome your comments & feedback

    June 17, 2014 by David Nesseth

    Times are a-changing, but for the better. As of today, I’m taking on a more dedicated role with HAZMATMAG.COM and its sister site SOLIDWASTEMAG.COM. What does that mean for you? Well, it means better quality content and more up-to-date news, more photos, and

  • Hey hey! Ho ho! Bylaw 280's got to go!

    May 12, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Articles in the Abbotsford News and  Tri-Cities Now report that local (and non-local) Chambers of Commerce are calling for the rejection of a bylaw proposed by Metro Vancouver that would restrict the flow of waste and control various waste-related activities

  • Metro Vancouver incinerator economics rely on inflated energy prices

    April 29, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    NOTE: This article was edited on April 30 to correct a typo in which the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) was spelled as GVRD or “Greater Vancouver Regional District” which is the old name for what is now Metro Vancouver. We

  • 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

  • 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:

  • Canadian government tries to muzzle oil sands critics

    February 10, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    I find the media reports extremely disturbing about the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) auditing environmental groups that have been high-profile critics of the Alberta oil sands project. You’d think that politicizing the agency that collects tax and conducts audits is

  • Mullinder on EPR and Blue Box funding

    January 13, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    I very much enjoyed a recent online column (blog) by John Mullinder, Executive Director of the Paper & Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) in Brampton, Ontario (www.ppec-paper.com) that summarizes important concerns industry “stewards” have about new provincial schemes in which producers pay