Solid Waste & Recycling

  • Best Management Practices for excess soil

    July 11, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    The issue of soil recycling (e.g., excess soils from construction and demolition sites) is picking up steam, notably in Toronto where members of a subcommittee of the Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA) and others attended an information session and participated

  • Learning to Fly

    July 8, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    I like it when things work out. London, Ontario’s Try Recycling ( is turning 20. Lately I have been listening to a lot of Pink Floyd. This is the result of an accidental itunes box set order and the 170

  • Toronto Star article points up shortcomings of e-waste program

    June 27, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    This article from the Toronto Star will interest readers as it provides a neat summary of the problems facing Ontario’s e-waste stewardship program. I have a few issues with this article (notably the writing style and references to “the stewardship”

  • Municipal Waste Association Conference

    May 20, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    I had a great time at the Municipal Waste Association conference in Hockley Valley on 18 and 19 May. As I said to Sue McCrae the outgoing president the MWA consistently puts on great and well organized events. This year’s

  • Fuel of the future

    April 13, 2011 by Wes Muir

    A new generation of alternative fuel fleets is hitting roads across the country. Last month in the Metro Vancouver region, Waste Management unveiled 20 new garbage and recycling trucks powered by compressed natural gas, or CNG. At the request of

  • The Politics of Oil – East versus West

    April 6, 2011 by Gordon McGuinty

    I take it back! On Monday I said that the parties in the Federal election campaign will not venture too deeply into environmental issues. Yesterday, as part of their election platform, Mr. Ignatieff and the Liberals proposed a new “cap-and-trade”

  • Waste Management invests in Agilyx Corporation

    April 4, 2011 by Wes Muir

    On March 31 Waste Management entered into a strategic investment with a company that is able to recycle waste plastic into synthetic crude oil. I offer it for reader interest. Agilyx Secures $22 Million Series B Round to Accelerate Growth

  • E Magazine article on EPR

    April 4, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    E Magazine ( recently published a very good overview article on extended producer responsibility (EPR) in the United States, and efforts to thwart it, followed by an interview with the Product Policy Institute’s Bill Sheehan. I reproduce the article and

  • CRI responds to Natural Logic's white paper

    March 28, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    On March 14, I received an enthusiastic email from Susan V. Collins, Executive Director of the US-based Container Recycling Institute (CRI, see and about my editorial from the February/March edition entitled “Nestle and the Watering Down of EPR.”

  • Maine: Welfare for Waste?

    February 14, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    According to the Athens, Georgia-based Product Policy Institute (PPI), Maine’s new Governor Paul LePage (R) is proposing to keep state recycling programs on the dole, and cut fee-based take-back programs paid for by manufacturers and their customers. The development is