Solid Waste & Recycling


  • Upstream misses the boat – part 2

    June 23, 2014 by John Mullinder

    There are two things that bug us about the recent packaging campaign launched by US-based environmental group, Upstream: its misleading use of data (outlined in an earlier blog) and its superficial and one-sided view of how the paper packaging industries

  • WDO lobbied to reject Call2Recycle plan

    January 21, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) is considering a new battery recycling program that, if approved, would lower recycling standards in the province and permit “downcycling” of used batteries into slag rather than the current “upcycling” into added-value products. At least that’s

  • Understanding extended producer responsibility

    July 2, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    With the introduction of product stewardship programs across Canada (and to a lesser extent the United States) it’s worth reminding ourselves about their ultimate purpose, which often gets lost in discussions over specific policy details. With the introduction of its

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Energy Conservation, Climate Change and the 3Rs (6Rs?)

    August 27, 2012 by David S. McRobert

    One point that is lost or downplayed in most discussions about some of the themes in my recent book is that the 3Rs hierarchy and 6Rs principles (http://practicalaction.org/6rs) have vital implications in terms of climate change, pollution prevention and energy conservation.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Obama and climate change

    May 18, 2009 by Guy Crittenden

    Readers should enjoy this article that offers some straight talk about the new US Administration and climate change. COMMENTARY May 2009 US Democrats backing away from cap and trade By Dr. Stephen Murgatroyd, Columnist Troy Media Corporation US President Barack

  • Ghost nets

    May 11, 2009 by Guy Crittenden

    I thought readers would be interested in this unseen but disastrous environmental concern. Ghost nets hurting marine environment Abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear is impacting fish stocks and poses a hazard to boats Washington and Rome, 6 May