Solid Waste & Recycling

  • The Story of Stuff: ocean plastic edition

    September 16, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    I recently received an email from Allison Cook — the lady from The Story of Stuff series of environmental videos that went viral on the internet a few years ago. The initial short film led to a sequel and a

  • Plastics’ burning ambition and paper’s feedstock supply

    August 21, 2014 by John Mullinder

    The plastic industry has made no secret of the fact that it would like to burn over a million tonnes of currently “non-recycled” plastics in Ontario alone[1] . In strategic terms this would remove a major solid waste problem (some

  • 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 ( The article deserves reading by anyone in the waste management industry, and especially people crafting

  • Happy Earth Day!

    April 22, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Happy Earth Day everyone! I’m so pleased to be able to say that all the world’s environmental problems have finally been solved, there’s no more toxic chemicals out there and all the world’s contaminated sites are now pollution free! Well

  • 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

  • The burning question

    February 11, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    On February 10, 2014, Matt Prindville, Associate Director at Upstream (formerly the Product Policy Institute) published an online article entitled”The Burning Question” that I reproduce in full below. (If you wish to skip quickly to the link, it is here:

  • Canadian government tries to muzzle oil sands critics

    February 10, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    I find the media reports extremely disturbing about the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) auditing environmental groups that have been high-profile critics of the Alberta oil sands project. You’d think that politicizing the agency that collects tax and conducts audits is

  • 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,

  • 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

  • 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