Solid Waste & Recycling


  • 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

  • New info from an in-depth article on the Deepwater Horizon spill

    April 30, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    Our sister publication HazMat Management focuses on contaminated site cleanup, new technology and pollution abatement. We have a strong readership (and growing) in the oil & gas sector, and in oil services companies. So I thought an in-depth article that appeared on

  • 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

  • The Sharing Economy

    January 21, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    I recommend that anyone interested in having a career or a company that’s successful in the coming years read this fascinating article from the magazine Fast Company about the so-called “sharing economy.” It’s one of the most interesting articles I’ve

  • Let's all support the Product Policy Institute

    January 6, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    I thought I’d start my blog for 2013 by suggesting that readers acquaint themselves better with the Product Policy Institute (PPI) and consider donating to support that excellent advocacy organization. Here’s the text of a recent holiday-season email I received

  • 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

  • Hurricane Sandy, the Berkeley Earth Studies and Climate Change Doubts

    October 29, 2012 by David S. McRobert

    While one can turn the Berkeley Earth story into a tale of the triumph for climate activists, it is, in truth, a triumph of science. It shows us what scientists can achieve when they put aside personal biases and focus on the search for greater certainty.

  • Understanding BC's eco fees

    October 1, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    In the forthcoming October/November edition of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine I write an editorial on what’s happening with stewardship for blue-box-type printed paper and packaging materials in the Province of British Columbia. (That edition will be printed and mailed,

  • Quebec's floundering asbestos industry

    August 14, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    This week I thought to share an article that appeared in the Toronto Star on August 10 by Kathleen Ruff about asbestos and the situation in Quebec, where attempts to restart an asbestos mine have floundered because of difficulties funding

  • Asbestos in Quebec, Part 2: Why We Export Death – Perhaps we feel “Lucky”?

    August 11, 2012 by David S. McRobert

    Part of my reasoning was related to the fact that Canadians have spent millions of dollars refining the technologies associated with controlling asbestos hazards. We have produced hundreds of reports and studies by some of the best engineers and doctors in the world