Solid Waste & Recycling

  • Jeremy Irons brings his Star Power to TRASHED Garbage Expose

    August 19, 2013 by David S. McRobert

    This garbage lawyer saw one of his favourite movies for 2013 in Pasadena, California at the 37th annual conference of the California Resource Recovery Association. The CRRA, founded in 1974, is California’s statewide recycling association. It is the oldest and

  • Ontario Bill 91 Waste Reduction Act and the role of recyclers – some additional thoughts

    August 14, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    Since I posted up my blog “Ontario Bill 91 Waste Reduction Act and the role of recyclers” some good questions have come up: Q) What about out-of-province recyclers? Neither the Ontario Government nor the Waste Reduction Authority will have jurisdiction

  • Plastic pollution and the world’s oceans

    August 12, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    According to the website (, “…plastic constitutes approximately 90 per cent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.” Much of the plastic debris that enters the environment ultimately finds its

  • Less bad is no good

    July 29, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    A recent blog entry from the Athens, Georgia-based Product Policy Institute reminds me why the PPI is one of my favorite organizations taking on the “bleeding edge” of waste and recycling issues, talking — as it does — not so

  • Understanding extended producer responsibility

    July 2, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    With the introduction of product stewardship programs across Canada (and to a lesser extent the United States) it’s worth reminding ourselves about their ultimate purpose, which often gets lost in discussions over specific policy details. With the introduction of its

  • Wacky Science Week: Part Two

    June 3, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    Okay, I pledge to readers that next week I’ll blog again on topics related to waste management and pollution control. Promise! But sometimes it’s fun to write in an online column (blog) about topics that are fascinating, even if they’re

  • New info from an in-depth article on the Deepwater Horizon spill

    April 30, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    Our sister publication HazMat Management focuses on contaminated site cleanup, new technology and pollution abatement. We have a strong readership (and growing) in the oil & gas sector, and in oil services companies. So I thought an in-depth article that appeared on

  • BC battery recycling and thoughts on externalized costs

    April 9, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    The link at the end of this post connects to an article in the Vancouver Sun, about which I became aware through the April 2013 edition of the RECAP email newsletter I receive each month from the Recycling Council of

  • Hypocrite in Chief

    March 9, 2013 by Paul van der Werf

    Former Vice President and failed Presidential Candidate Al Gore has been a poster boy for the environmental movement especially as it relates to global warming and climate change. He won a Nobel Peace Prize for his effort. He does give

  • Obama’s next opponent: our vast network of climate denial think tanks

    February 14, 2013 by David S. McRobert

    According to the Guardian, the funds, doled out between 2002 and 2010, helped build a vast network of think tanks and activist groups working to a single purpose: to redefine climate change from neutral scientific fact to a highly polarizing “wedge issue” for hardcore conservatives.