Solid Waste & Recycling

  • There's Energy in Waste

    February 25, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    I had the opportunity to sit in between the Mayor of London, Joe Fontana and Ontario’s Ministry of Energy, the Honourable Chris Bentley yesterday as I chaired the Mayor’s Sustainable Energy Council (MSEC). Mr. Bentley was there at my invitation

  • Alchemy at the Antique Market

    February 15, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    I spent last weekend in downtown Toronto with my wife for a little get away. On Sunday morning, as we often do, we made our way down to the St Lawrence-North Building for the Antique Market ( While the main

  • On Your Mark

    February 2, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) has recently announced a partnership with the NSF, a global certification organization to help it certify compostable plastics. If you have been involved with compostable plastics at all you will know that it has been

  • South by Southbest

    January 19, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    Austin, Texas claims to be the live music capital of the world. Every year they host the South by Southwest music festival. This week Austin has been hosting the 20th annual US Composting Council conference at the Renaissance Hotel. The

  • Canadian asbestos production suspended

    November 27, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    If it was ever time to shut down Canada’s asbestos industry, that time is now. Why? Because the industry has suspended production anyway. This may be temporary, but it needn’t be. I’ve copied an article below from the Canadian Press

  • Keystone Kops, or Preoccupied with Occupied

    November 20, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    The relationship may seem obscure between the Occupy Wall Street movement and the decision in November by the US State Department to delay approval of the Keystone Pipeline project that would pump Canadian oil sands crude as far south as

  • On the Road in Alberta- Part 1

    October 4, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    Travels with Charley was poignant travelogue written by John Steinbeck about a 1960 road trip with his dog. The nature of his narrative over time has been questioned and it appears he took considerable liberties whilst writing this book. Nonetheless

  • "Leaf" drops in Canada this fall

    September 25, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    I noticed the news item “Fully electric car makes debut in Canada” (see below) about the arrival in Canada of the Nissan Leaf — a fully electric car (not a hybrid) that runs up to 160 km in one go.

  • Critique of Toronto Port Lands plan

    September 19, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    I thought I’d share this interesting letter with readers from planners and university planners critcizing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s plan for the Toronto Port Lands. September 15, 2011 Dear Toronto Councillors: The following letter explains our concerns about how to

  • Questioning the wind industry

    August 8, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    I thought readers might find this Energy Probe article interesting about the wind industry and its claims. You can read it below, but the original contains interesting links and is available here: Parker Gallant: The wind industry’s spin (August