Solid Waste & Recycling

  • Hey hey! Ho ho! Bylaw 280's got to go!

    May 12, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Articles in the Abbotsford News and  Tri-Cities Now report that local (and non-local) Chambers of Commerce are calling for the rejection of a bylaw proposed by Metro Vancouver that would restrict the flow of waste and control various waste-related activities

  • The Metro Vancouver incineration debate heats up

    May 6, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    A recent article from the Surrey North Delta Leader is only one of many local stories published in the past week critical of Metro Vancouver’s plan to build a waste-to-energy (WTE) plant to handle up to 700,000 tonnes of residual waste

  • Metro Vancouver incinerator economics rely on inflated energy prices

    April 29, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    NOTE: This article was edited on April 30 to correct a typo in which the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) was spelled as GVRD or “Greater Vancouver Regional District” which is the old name for what is now Metro Vancouver. We

  • Mothers of Invention: Mother Parkers takes on cumulative effects, one tea serving at a time

    April 15, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    An article published April 10, 2014 by The Canadian Press addresses a matter that’s near and dear to my heart on multiple levels. The article concerns tea and coffee company Mother Parkers, which has debuted a recyclable single-use tea and

  • Batteries not included: WDO and Call2Recycle's plan

    March 18, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    At the March 12, 2014 Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) board meeting, the Call2Recycle Industry Stewardship Plan for used batteries was not approved. There  was some miscommunication around the announcement of this, with at least one outlet reporting that the plan

  • Biddle and the plastic riddle

    March 18, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    One of our contributing editors forwarded me the link recently to an excellent article in The Guardian online profiling entrepreneur plastics recycler Mike Biddle, who recently departed international recycling company MBA Polymers. The article is interesting on a number of levels,

  • RCO responds to "Dim Bulbs"

    March 7, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    In response to my blog entry earlier this week, Dim Bulbs: stewardship dispute generates more heat than light the Recycling Council of Ontario has provided the following letter and clarification, that I reproduce below without edit. — ed.   Wednesday, 5 March

  • Dim Bulbs: stewardship dispute generates more heat than light

    March 4, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    I dislike getting in between different service providers when they have a dispute, especially when I consider the parties professional colleagues and even friends. And I normally don’t consider myself qualified to say that the services of Company A are

  • 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

  • Damming the Amazon

    January 14, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Last Tuesday I returned from a 10-day trip to the Amazon. My adventure was organized by Pulse Tours ( — an outfit about which I can’t say enough good things. As I mentioned in a blog post back in December,