Solid Waste & Recycling


  • 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:

  • Call2Recycle responds to Toronto Star article

    January 22, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Call2Recycle responded to my blog entry “WDO lobbied to reject Call2Recycle plan” (http://blog.solidwastemag.com/wdo-lobbied-to-reject-call2recycle-plan/) by forwarding a copy of a Letter to the Editor that the organization’s Executive Director Joe Zenobio sent to the Toronto Star. I reproduce the letter below

  • WDO lobbied to reject Call2Recycle plan

    January 21, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) is considering a new battery recycling program that, if approved, would lower recycling standards in the province and permit “downcycling” of used batteries into slag rather than the current “upcycling” into added-value products. At least that’s

  • 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

  • Newspapers and MMBC fall out over recycling fees

    December 10, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    One of the more interesting developments in the struggle to introduce extended producer responsibility (EPR) in British Columbia is the reaction of the organization that represents the newspaper industry to the new recycling system that’s to be introduced next year,

  • Food & consumer products group fires back

    December 2, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) has responded to Rob Cook, CEO of the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) and the letter he circulated recently to Ontario provincial members of parliament and other stakeholders, which was published on this

  • 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

  • Where to focus our attention

    October 22, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    Brian Tippetts, a director with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) contacted me recently via Linkedin (hey, maybe Linkedin is useful after all!) and shared a blog entry from John Trotti, editor of US-based MSW Management magazine, which

  • On-farm anaerobic digestion: getting it right

    October 15, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    I thought readers would appreciate reading a letter that Susan Antler, Executive Director of The Compost Council of Canada, sent recently to CCC members inviting them to advocate for proper standards and best-management practices in regard to a proposed new

  • Dispelling the BS about BC

    October 3, 2013 by Usman Valiante

    There is great interest in British Columbia these days and it isn’t in anticipation of the upcoming ski season but rather for the controversy around the introduction of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Printed-Paper and Packaging (PPP). The introduction of