Solid Waste & Recycling

  • Ten points about Zero Waste (reprise)

    January 26, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    I was very flattered the other day when someone from Ontario’s environment ministry suggested I repost a blog entry from last year on Zero Waste that she thought bore repeating. So here it is again, ten points about Zero Waste.


    January 25, 2011 by Gordon McGuinty

    As I mentioned in an earlier blog the McGuinty Government in Ontario is facing challenges and unrest from various quarters regarding its Green Energy policies, specifically the decisions to fast track its renewable energy portfolio using Wind Power. As the

  • Industry coopting the EPR term

    January 12, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    I received an interesting and disturbing email from the Product Policy Institute’s Bill Sheehan about an article by Nestle CEO, Kim Jefferies — “Why It’s Time to Rethink Recycling in the US” — that was posted to right before

  • Contrarian truth about a radiactive town

    November 22, 2010 by Guy Crittenden

    My friend Lawrence Solomon has been writing some excellent pieces recently, including fascinating send ups of the “common wisdom” around science and radiation. For instance, he wrote an interesting piece some time ago about a study in the UK on

  • Editor’s response to Ontario Electronics Stewardship

    November 15, 2010 by Guy Crittenden

    Okay, for about a week I’ve left the reply up in this space from Ontario Electronic Stewardship’s (OES) to my blog entry criticizing Ontario’s program for waste electronics and electrical equipment (WEEE). (See “Ontario’s WEEE program world’s costliest and worst?”

  • The Ford Factor

    August 31, 2010 by Gordon McGuinty

    Sept 1, 2010 Hello again, Back For My Second “BLOG”… I am going to talk over the next while about the interaction between the ENVIRONMENT, POLITICS AND THE MEDIA. These three things influenced my 15 year journey in waste management

  • Use of Ontario eco fees questioned

    July 26, 2010 by Guy Crittenden

    Readers outside Ontario will be interested to know that controversy over the fees charged in the province for various product stewardship programs have received near-saturation (and sensational) media coverage in print and broadcast media in the past several weeks. Ontario

  • Ontario eco fee article by Usman Valiante

    July 21, 2010 by Guy Crittenden

    Our contributing editor Usman Valiante recently teamed up with academic expert Don Dewees to write a powerful article about stewardship programs and fee setting. The article appeared today (Wednesday July 21) on page A15 of the Globe and Mail newspaper.

  • Ontario's flawed stewardship regimes

    July 13, 2010 by Guy Crittenden

    [REVISED JULY 13, 4:45 PM] Over the past week there’s been a great deal of media coverage of problems with Ontario’s stewardship programs for various materials. Most attention has been paid to the province’s program for household hazardous and special

  • Letter on EPR offers insights

    May 10, 2010 by Guy Crittenden

    I thought readers might enjoy this letter from consultant and contributing editor Usman Valiante. It contains some observations about EPR and competition that are worth noting. Here’s the letter: Hi Guy, I had the misfortune of attending Environment Canada’s 6th