Solid Waste & Recycling

  • Thoughts on Ontario EPR (and an article about Maine)

    June 24, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    On June 6, 2013 Ontario Minister of the Environment Jim Bradley released the long-awaited draft Waste Reduction Act, 2013 (WDA) for a 90-day public review and comment period. The proposed Act would replace the existing Waste Diversion Act, 2002 and, if

  • Ontario's new Waste Diversion Act

    June 10, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    For some time rumours have circulated in Ontario that Environment Minister Jim Bradley and his staff have been working on a new piece of legislation to move a file forward that got dropped unceremoniously by a previous minister, who had

  • Our Waste 2 Product & Energy Cleantech Conference

    May 6, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    In case you missed the memo, our one-day event about turning waste into energy and products is only a few weeks away. Entitled the “Waste 2 Energy Cleantech Conference,” the event takes place on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the

  • OWMA's excellent product stewardship ideas

    April 15, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    It’s not every day that I encounter an editorial that I read and then say to myself, “I wish I’d written that!” The article below (and Sun letter) appeared in the Toronto media recently, reflecting ideas developed by the Ontario

  • 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

  • Facts about paper bags and trees

    March 5, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    There are several decades-long running battles in the waste management and recycling business between different stakeholders that remind me of those civil wars in central African countries that never seem to end. While the things the different parties say about

  • Plastic waste article (and a note about global warming)

    February 21, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    An article in the Los Angeles Times about environmental hazards from certain kinds of plastic gives food for thought. The article was circulated recently by the Product Policy Institute (, and was based on an article that appeared in the

  • The Sharing Economy

    January 21, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    I recommend that anyone interested in having a career or a company that’s successful in the coming years read this fascinating article from the magazine Fast Company about the so-called “sharing economy.” It’s one of the most interesting articles I’ve

  • Your second life

    January 15, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    One of the developments in technology I find most fascinating is a virtual reality (VR) platform called Second Life. You can view it here: (Note that if you click on the introductory video and keep watching it actually scrolls

  • Let's all support the Product Policy Institute

    January 6, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    I thought I’d start my blog for 2013 by suggesting that readers acquaint themselves better with the Product Policy Institute (PPI) and consider donating to support that excellent advocacy organization. Here’s the text of a recent holiday-season email I received