Solid Waste & Recycling


  • Netherlands Waste Management Themed Trade Mission – Day 3

    September 25, 2014 by Paul van der Werf

    Today saw us leave our hotel in The Hague for a cross country trek to a number of waste management facilities. We visited a hazardous waste processing facility, anaerobic digestion facility and composting/AD technology provider. This blog presents some highlights from various

  • A recycling verification guideline for Ontario

    September 23, 2014 by Rob Cook

    On September 8, 2014, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) launched a 45-day public consultation period for the TECHNICAL GUIDE: Recycling process, audit and verification Guideline for Ontario. The guideline was initiated by the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) last year

  • What Metro Vancouver's missing in its rush to incinerate

    September 23, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Readers will find this op-ed piece from the Vancouver Sun interesting. Written by John Winter — President of the BC Chamber of Commerce — the article describes Metro Vancouver’s proposed Bylaw 280, a piece of flow-control legislation that would direct

  • Companies need to be accountable for event waste management

    July 29, 2014 by David Nesseth

    If there are waste guidelines that private companies need to follow for a special event, it’s pretty clear that they aren’t often enforced. Perhaps it’s a cost issue, but a company, especially such a large one, shouldn’t have the freedom to do as it pleases when it comes to event waste. Pretty basic stuff.

  • Packaging costs NYC taxpayers $600 million

    July 22, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    It’s interesting to read about what Americans know or think is happening in Canada with respect to product stewardship or extended producer responsibility (EPR). This online article by Bill Sheehan, Executive Director of UPSTREAM (formerly the Product Policy Institute) recently

  • Modern wastefulness was deliberately designed by industry

    July 15, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    A July 9, 2014 article from the Discard Studies Blog caught my attention, thanks to it being forwarded to me by the folks at UPSTREAM (http://upstreampolicy.org). The article deserves reading by anyone in the waste management industry, and especially people crafting

  • The Race to the Bottom Part 2 – Death of a Recycler

    June 24, 2014 by Usman Valiante

    Is there a greater tragedy imaginable than that, in our endeavour consciously to shape our future in accordance with high ideals, we should in fact unwittingly produce the very opposite of what we have been striving for?  ― Friedrich August von

  • The Race to the Bottom – Part 1

    June 17, 2014 by Usman Valiante

    On May 29th 2014 I gave a talk at the Recycling Council of BC’s Zero Waste Conference (which can be downloaded here) about ensuring efficiency and effectiveness under Extended Producer Responsibility. In that presentation I advance the idea that the

  • The beverage industry responds to BC StewardEdge blog

    June 10, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    John Challinor II, Chairman of the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA), wrote a letter in response to my blog last week, “StewardEdge edges into BC multi-rez.” In the interests of fairness and offering clarification to readers, I reprint the letter below in

  • StewardEdge edges into BC multi-rez

    June 3, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    I try to never forget I’m editing a magazine on solid waste and recycling issues for the whole of Canada (and have sometimes taken flack for being too focused on Ontario, because I live there) but I have to say