Waste & Recycling

Waste Diversion

  • Door Wide Open

    April 1, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    Food waste can now be turned into compost, electricity or biofuel. Eating food provides us with sequestered solar energy, but we have largely ignored tapping into that energy once it becomes a waste. There’s value in the energy of food we…

  • Good Wood

    April 1, 2012 by John Nicholson

    According to 2006 data from NRCan, approximately 1.25 million tonnes of wood waste is generated in Canada per year. This quantity amounts to about seven percent of all non-hazardous solid waste disposed. It seems illogical to dispose of wood…

  • Feature Waste Diversion

    Certifying Waste Diversion

    February 1, 2012 by David Hanson & Jessica Wilkinson

    For decades, government agencies have relied on recycling programs in the residential sector to drive their waste diversion results. In fact, very few Canadian jurisdictions have regulations in place that mandate recycling outside of the home….

  • We Can Do This!

    February 1, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    In January, a report entitled Closing the Loop: Road Map for Effective Material Value Recovery was published by GreenBlue, a nonprofit consultancy specializing in sustainability issues. The research was funded primarily through a grant from the…

  • Mechanical/Biological Treatment in the EU

    February 1, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    In a study released in December 2011, consultants from ecoprog GmbH describe how the European market for mechanical/biological treatment (MBT) has accelerated recently. About 80 MBT plants for waste have been newly commissioned in Europe over…

  • I'm Too Sexy for My Scraps

    February 1, 2012 by Paul van der Werf

    Can design transform people’s ideas about diverting food waste in the kitchen from something yucky and to be hidden into something cool and worthy of display?

  • Waste Exchanges

    February 1, 2012 by John Nicholson

    The adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” has never held truer than in recent times. On garbage day in my neighborhood, there’s a man who walks the streets with a shopping cart early in the morning…

  • Feature Waste Diversion

    Waste-Free Lunch

    December 1, 2011 by Catherine Leighton

    The Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) with support from grocery chain Metro Ontario and Tetra Pak Canada introduced the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge (WFLC) — an environmental education program that ran concurrently with Waste Reduction…

  • Simcoe County's Promotion & Education Mobile

    December 1, 2011 by Willma Bureau

    The County of Simcoe, Ontario has revved up waste management promotion and education with a Mobile Education Unit (MEU). Both children and adults enjoy this “rolling classroom” packed with interactive games that promote waste…

  • California Cleantech in Canada

    December 1, 2011 by John Nicholson

    In the October 2011 Ontario election, the incumbent liberal government put much emphasis on its green jobs initiatives. Much of the emphasis on the initiative related to the Green Energy Act but other initiatives have shown the government is…