Solid Waste & Recycling


  • Newspapers and MMBC fall out over recycling fees

    December 10, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    One of the more interesting developments in the struggle to introduce extended producer responsibility (EPR) in British Columbia is the reaction of the organization that represents the newspaper industry to the new recycling system that’s to be introduced next year,

  • The cancer prevention diet: an update

    November 11, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    When I attend environment industry events these days I’m often approached by people who ask me for an update on the “cancer prevention diet” I introduced to readers in a series of online articles a couple of years ago. A

  • Mr. Bradley and Premier Wynne – On Bill 91, go back and start again*

    November 3, 2013 by David S. McRobert

    (Note: A Summary of Opposition Comments on Bill 91 as of October 3, 2013 follows this blog post.) In early June 2013, the Honourable Jim Bradley, Ontario Minister of the Environment tabled Bill 91, the proposed Waste Reduction Act. Despite

  • Where to focus our attention

    October 22, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    Brian Tippetts, a director with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) contacted me recently via Linkedin (hey, maybe Linkedin is useful after all!) and shared a blog entry from John Trotti, editor of US-based MSW Management magazine, which

  • On-farm anaerobic digestion: getting it right

    October 15, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    I thought readers would appreciate reading a letter that Susan Antler, Executive Director of The Compost Council of Canada, sent recently to CCC members inviting them to advocate for proper standards and best-management practices in regard to a proposed new

  • Dispelling the BS about BC

    October 3, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    There is great interest in British Columbia these days and it isn’t in anticipation of the upcoming ski season but rather for the controversy around the introduction of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Printed-Paper and Packaging (PPP). The introduction of

  • Dutch Waste Management Trade Mission-Day 2

    September 20, 2013 by Paul van der Werf

    Follow the Trade Mission on Twitter at @2cg_ Waste Management Themed Trade Mission to Netherlands Day Two We spent another solid day on the road looking at Dutch waste management facilities. Electronic waste has a fairly broad definition in the

  • Toxic nanoparticles and the food supply

    August 27, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    I know, I know… you don’t need more bad news, what with bee colonies collapsing around us (http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/at-the-edge/2013/08/07/bee-colony-collapses-are-more-complex-than-we-thought), fracking destroying the watersheds of North America (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZe1AeH0Qz8), and another major conflict about to blow up in the Middle East after reports

  • Ontario Bill 91 Waste Reduction Act and the role of recyclers

    July 29, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    By stimulating innovation, strict environmental regulations can actually enhance competitiveness. Toward a New Conception of the Environment-Competitiveness Relationship Michael E. Porter and Claas van der Linde The Waste Reduction Strategy –- the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s marketing document that

  • Where do eco-fees come from? Why, from government, silly!

    June 25, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    The political fixation on “doing something about” eco-fees is akin to fretting about a lingering cough while ignoring the underlying pneumonia that is its cause. If eco-fees are the symptomatic “cough” then government policies that restrict or lessen competition between