Solid Waste & Recycling


  • Is this a turning point for the world’s forests?

    September 30, 2014 by John Mullinder

    Actions always speak louder than words but a document coming out of the UN climate summit last week has the potential to halve the world’s natural forest loss within six years, and to end it within sixteen. The New York

  • Thoughts on the end times

    August 14, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    As I pack for my annual paddling trip, my thoughts have turned this summer to the dire situation we humans have created for ourselves and all other life on the planet. My paddling trip this year is to Temagami in

  • 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

  • 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,

  • The viewpoint that’s destroying this world

    February 3, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    There exist two opposing views of the Earth we live on that have thus far been incompatible with one another. And one of those viewpoints is destroying the ecosystems of this planet and the animals that live within them. The

  • The Tragedy of the Commons and the Gift Economy

    January 28, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Readers of this magazine and my online column know I’m not a gloom-and-doom kind of guy. I lose plenty of sleep fretting over the kind of world we’re leaving our kids, but I figure the mainstream media does a good

  • 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 (https://www.pulsetours.com) — an outfit about which I can’t say enough good things. As I mentioned in a blog post back in December,

  • Off to save the Amazon

    December 12, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    This is an interview with Panacea Peru owner Emily Shaw about her business exporting Amazon botanics outside of South America, but first… …you need to know that just after Christmas I’m jumping on a plane and heading off to save the

  • Remembering activist Maureen Reilly

    December 17, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    It was with shock and sadness last week that I learned of the death of environmental activist Maureen Reilly who died suddenly in Toronto on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at age 58. As the news release I put together states,

  • Quebec's floundering asbestos industry

    August 14, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    This week I thought to share an article that appeared in the Toronto Star on August 10 by Kathleen Ruff about asbestos and the situation in Quebec, where attempts to restart an asbestos mine have floundered because of difficulties funding