Gary Gallon, respected environmental and waste management writer, activist, and consultant passed away on July 3, 2003, one month after he received the “Citation of Lifetime Achievement” at the Canadian Environment Awards. Mr. Gallon was instrumental in creating the first North American blue-box program and the goal of diverting 50 per cent garbage from landfill. He also negotiated agreements with the soft-drink industry to divert and recycle bottle waste.
Mr. Gallon was a long time contributor to HazMat Management magazine, sister publication to Solid Waste & Recycling, providing thought-provoking features and valued participation in the State of the Industry reports.
Mr. Gallon had a hand in founding the Society for the Promotion of Environmental Conservation, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and the Canadian Environmental Network.
The Gallon Environment Letter is read worldwide by decision makers in industry, government, NGOs and academia. The last edition edited by Mr. Gallon was distributed on July 3, 2003.
After battling cancer for several years, Mr. Gallon leaves behind wife Janine Ferretti, a leading environmental activist and consultant (and recent executive director of the NAFTA CEC), and their two daughters, Kalifi and Jenika.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 8 at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Advent in Montreal, Quebec.