Solid Waste & Recycling


  • Ontario Bill 91 Waste Reduction Act and the role of recyclers – some additional thoughts

    August 14, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    Since I posted up my blog “Ontario Bill 91 Waste Reduction Act and the role of recyclers” some good questions have come up: Q) What about out-of-province recyclers? Neither the Ontario Government nor the Waste Reduction Authority will have jurisdiction

  • 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

  • Shifting Sandy

    December 10, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    The past month or so have been tough for Americans along the eastern seaboard. Hurricane Sandy, Frankenstorm, Superstorm Sandy…whatever you wanted to call it was devastating. I was a bit shocked by how quickly climate change was blamed for Sandy,

  • 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.

  • Occupational health and safety (OHS), waste and the 3Rs

    September 11, 2012 by David S. McRobert

    Lately, I channel the well-placed “What?” during Taylor Swift’s lyrics to her new hit song, We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together – song number two on an accidental gift CD left in my Dodge Caliber by my 20-year old daughter Alex. And then my mind goes spinning as I imagine attending some seminar in the late 1980s being run by industry and municipal recycling coordinators trained on conveyor belt operations by Henry Ford.

  • The cancer-prevention lifestyle, six weeks in

    March 26, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    Six weeks ago, at the beginning of February, I launched a series of online articles in this space about protecting oneself from exposure to sources of toxins from environmental sources, foods or personal grooming and home cleaning products. The first

  • Nanofoods: Something new to worry about

    December 12, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    I’m 51 years old and have entered the realm my insurance agent about which my insurance agent warned me years ago. He said that in my forties I’d start to know more and more people succumbing to cancer and heart

  • An environmental standards based approach to end-of-life vehicle (ELV) stewardship

    March 14, 2011 by Usman Valiante

    I penned this piece for the February 2011 edition of Canadian Technician Why regulated standards are needed for end-of-life vehicles Approximately 1.5 passenger vehicles either reach the end of their useful lives or are damaged in accidents beyond repair (and

  • Taking on Stern

    May 18, 2007 by Guy Crittenden

    I’ve previously pointed readers toward the excellent article series by Lawrence Solomon entitled “The Deniers” and I’ve taken the liberty of copying and pasting the latest column below. You really should take a few minutes and read it. The article