Solid Waste & Recycling

  • Learning to Fly

    July 8, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    I like it when things work out. London, Ontario’s Try Recycling ( is turning 20. Lately I have been listening to a lot of Pink Floyd. This is the result of an accidental itunes box set order and the 170

  • Toronto Star article points up shortcomings of e-waste program

    June 27, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    This article from the Toronto Star will interest readers as it provides a neat summary of the problems facing Ontario’s e-waste stewardship program. I have a few issues with this article (notably the writing style and references to “the stewardship”

  • TV stewardship, Texas style

    June 20, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    Some folks migh tbe surprised to learn that Texas is among the leading jurisdictions in the United States moving forward with product stewardship, but when you think of the state’s free market spirit, it’s perhaps not suprising that Texans are

  • Market failure for "green" household products

    April 24, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    I received an interesting email this week from the Product Policy Institute’s Bill Sheehan quoting from two media articles on the lackluster market performance of eco-friendly products. Of course, an issue for consideration is that people can make their own

  • Fuel of the future

    April 13, 2011 by Wes Muir

    A new generation of alternative fuel fleets is hitting roads across the country. Last month in the Metro Vancouver region, Waste Management unveiled 20 new garbage and recycling trucks powered by compressed natural gas, or CNG. At the request of

  • Waste Management invests in Agilyx Corporation

    April 4, 2011 by Wes Muir

    On March 31 Waste Management entered into a strategic investment with a company that is able to recycle waste plastic into synthetic crude oil. I offer it for reader interest. Agilyx Secures $22 Million Series B Round to Accelerate Growth

  • E Magazine article on EPR

    April 4, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    E Magazine ( recently published a very good overview article on extended producer responsibility (EPR) in the United States, and efforts to thwart it, followed by an interview with the Product Policy Institute’s Bill Sheehan. I reproduce the article and

  • Thank-you Jack

    February 13, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    I was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Jack McGinnis. Although I cannot claim to have known him well, having met him only on a few occasions, the impact of what he and his colleagues accomplished have impacted

  • Ten points about Zero Waste (reprise)

    January 26, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    I was very flattered the other day when someone from Ontario’s environment ministry suggested I repost a blog entry from last year on Zero Waste that she thought bore repeating. So here it is again, ten points about Zero Waste.

  • Industry coopting the EPR term

    January 12, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    I received an interesting and disturbing email from the Product Policy Institute’s Bill Sheehan about an article by Nestle CEO, Kim Jefferies — “Why It’s Time to Rethink Recycling in the US” — that was posted to right before