Solid Waste & Recycling


  • Call for deposits on Ontario soft drink containers

    September 2, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    A highlight of the recent Zero Waste conference in Orillia, Ontario (August 10-11) was discussion of a policy idea for the Ontario government to accelerate the province toward a more sustainable future. The idea was to call on Kathleen Wynne’s

  • Packaging costs NYC taxpayers $600 million

    July 22, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    It’s interesting to read about what Americans know or think is happening in Canada with respect to product stewardship or extended producer responsibility (EPR). This online article by Bill Sheehan, Executive Director of UPSTREAM (formerly the Product Policy Institute) recently

  • Feds go green with electronics procurement

    June 17, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    I thought readers might be interested in the following news related to cost internalization in electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) procurement. Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has made cost internalization of EPR program EHF/eco-fees for AV equipment a requirement

  • Asleep at the Switch: Regulators prioritize corporate interests over public safety with oil shipments by rail

    April 10, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Recent articles in the Toronto Star and the Globe & Mail newspapers paint a disturbing picture of the situation in Canada (and by extension the United States) regarding safety and public disclosure of information about fuel oil shipped by rail through populated urban areas,

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Reflections on the Architects of Human-made Disasters; or Why Overlaps Often aren’t such a Bad Thing

    September 30, 2013 by David S. McRobert

    By David McRobert (with contributions from Meghan Robinson and Sharon Sam) For decades I have struggled with an illusive, demanding and unforgiving mistress who has kept up me many nights: my muse asks, “David how can we balance economic goals

  • Bound to Be Earth Bound

    September 27, 2013 by Paul van der Werf

      Bound to Be Earthbound MMSB  Puts on Excellent Organic Waste Conference I was recently  invited to come speak at their inaugural Earth Bound conference (http://www.earthbound2013.com) (26 and 27 September) and give an overview of how the composting process works.

  • 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