Solid Waste & Recycling

  • The Grinch Goes Shopping

    December 20, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    Consider Christmas. It is yet again on our threshold. Once a religious high holy day it is now a mere vestige of itself- a holiday if you will. It has become the high holy day of something different altogether- consumerism.

  • 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,

  • Thoughts on the insourcing boom

    December 10, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    By now most readers will have learned that Apple is moving some of its computer production to the USA. Apple won’t be making the units directly, but hiring a contractor. This was seen as big news, because the trend, especially

  • The (excellent) Tory plan to revitalize EPR

    December 3, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    I was pleased to see an article making the rounds, penned by Michael Harris, Environment Critic for the Ontario Conservatives, who currently sit in opposition, with parliament shuttered and the Liberals trying to figure out who might replace Premier Dalton

  • Remembering Pat Franklin

    October 22, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    In case you missed the news on our website or email newsletter (or elsewhere), Pat Franklin, the founder (retired) of the Container Recycling Institute (CRI) ( based in Culver City, California, died on Sunday, October 14. She died in a

  • P&G meets As You Sow

    October 9, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    It’s the prerogative of magazine editors that, as much as we strive to be even-handed and permit all stakeholders on any issue a voice, we allow ourselves to have certain “favourites” in the landscape of whatever “beat” we walk in

  • Understanding BC's eco fees

    October 1, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    In the forthcoming October/November edition of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine I write an editorial on what’s happening with stewardship for blue-box-type printed paper and packaging materials in the Province of British Columbia. (That edition will be printed and mailed,

  • News releases that make my eyes roll

    August 20, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    Once in a while a news release comes across my desk that really makes my eyes roll. In this case, the news item relates to Nestlé Waters Canada receiving Atlantic Packaging’s Certificate of Environmental Sustainability Award. There are layers of

  • Asbestos in Quebec, Part 2: Why We Export Death – Perhaps we feel “Lucky”?

    August 11, 2012 by David S. McRobert

    Part of my reasoning was related to the fact that Canadians have spent millions of dollars refining the technologies associated with controlling asbestos hazards. We have produced hundreds of reports and studies by some of the best engineers and doctors in the world

  • Understanding Zero Waste: Revisiting an Old Essay

    July 23, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    I recently transferred old files onto my new Mac laptop (yes, I am finally a Mac person!) and came across an essay I wrote a couple of years ago about understanding Zero Waste and what could be called a trend