Waste & Recycling


  • The Aerobic Landfill

    August 1, 2013 by Richard Aho

    Aerobic operation of a modern landfill offers a cost effective and environmentally sound opportunity to eliminate the liability of waste while sustaining resources.

  • Always Fresh!

    August 1, 2013 by Paul van der Werf

    In June, Alberta Environment released Municipal Compost Use in Alberta — A Report on Survey Results. The survey was conducted to better understand how Alberta municipal green spaces are managed and constructed, with an underlying goal of…

  • Sharps and Medications in Ontario

    August 1, 2013 by Brad Wright

    On October 1, 2012 Ontario Regulation 298/12 “Collection of Pharmaceuticals and Sharps — Responsibilities of Producers” came into effect. It’s not only Ontario’s first extended producer responsibility (EPR)…

  • Individual Stewardship Plans

    August 1, 2013 by Michael Cant & Mandy Pereira

    Individual producer responsibility (IPR) has recently become a focal point in public policy discourse in Canada and abroad as a potential alternative to traditional stewardship schemes. The introduction of Ontario’s draft Bill 91 Waste…

  • The Otter Lake Landfill Dispute

    August 1, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    A dispute over how waste is managed by Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) sheds light on how things can go wrong when a consultant makes recommendations based on technical concepts without taking enough account of the goodwill of local…

  • Automated Solid Waste Collection

    June 1, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    The collection aspect of North American waste management system planning tends to be very “truck” focused. However, in Europe and elsewhere, alternative systems exist that are beginning to garner local attention. Just as deep…

  • EPR: Ontario versus British Columbia

    June 1, 2013 by Rob Cook

    There’s broad consensus that Ontario’s Waste Diversion Act (WDA) is fundamentally flawed and in need of wholesale reform. The question is not whether but how it should be reformed. With any change, policymakers and stakeholders look…

  • Liability for the Innocent Land Owner

    June 1, 2013 by Rosalind Cooper, L.L.B.

    On May 10, 2013, the Ontario Court of Appeal rendered its decision in the case of Kawartha Lakes (City) v. Ontario, Director, Ministry of the Environment. In doing so, the court has affirmed that innocent owners of contaminated land can be…

  • That Was Easy!

    June 1, 2013 by Diane Blackburn

    Pop Quiz! What equals the weight of nine African elephants (the genus with the bigger ears)?

  • EIP!

    June 1, 2013 by John Nicholson

    An eco-industrial park (EIP) can be defined as a cluster of businesses that cooperate with each other and with the local community to efficiently share resources, leading to both economic and environmental gains. Currently, there are numerous…