Waste & Recycling

  • “Opinion” Canada Diverting Only 27% of Its Waste

    April 22, 2017 by John Mulllinder

    For those promoting a more circular economy where materials are used again and again rather than made, used and dumped, the latest data from Statistics Canada provides a solid gut check on how far we have to go. Only 27% of our

  • Is this a turning point for the world’s forests?

    September 30, 2014 by John Mullinder

    Actions always speak louder than words but a document coming out of the UN climate summit last week has the potential to halve the world’s natural forest loss within six years, and to end it within sixteen. The New York

  • Response to a letter: Clarification on yellow ribbons

    September 30, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    A reader recently sent me a letter, objecting to a reference I made in a recent article to a Noam Chomsky critique of propaganda that included the US yellow ribbon campaign (that says “Support Our Troops”). I reproduce the letter

  • Netherlands Waste Management Themed Trade Mission – Day 5

    September 28, 2014 by Paul van der Werf

    Today, our final day, was a busy one starting in Apeldoorn with stops in Flevoland and ending up in Amsterdam for a canal cruise and a farewell dinner. Judging by the intermittent yawns and occasional closed eyes on the bus

  • Netherlands Waste Management Themed Trade Mission – Day 3

    September 25, 2014 by Paul van der Werf

    Today saw us leave our hotel in The Hague for a cross country trek to a number of waste management facilities. We visited a hazardous waste processing facility, anaerobic digestion facility and composting/AD technology provider. This blog presents some highlights from various

  • Netherlands Waste Management Themed Trade Mission- Day 1

    September 22, 2014 by Paul van der Werf

    Things started with a bang today. With some still struggling to wipe away jet-lag’s cobwebs we set out on a very full day. This blog presents some highlights from various site visits and then provides some background information on each

  • Boxes, boxboard, paperboard, folding cartons, cardboard: whatever you call it, we have them covered

    September 16, 2014 by John Mullinder

    We have just launched a new website on the environmental attributes of paper boxes, but boy did we have a time before settling on what exactly to call it. You wouldn’t think there could be so many different names for

  • Walmart's fund to avoid EPR in North America

    September 9, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    A recent online article on the GreenBiz.com website briefly describes the Closed Loop Fund led by Walmart — a consortium of major corporations that also includes Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Keurig Green Mountain and Goldman Sachs. The fund is designed to

  • 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

  • Plastics’ burning ambition and paper’s feedstock supply

    August 21, 2014 by John Mullinder

    The plastic industry has made no secret of the fact that it would like to burn over a million tonnes of currently “non-recycled” plastics in Ontario alone[1] . In strategic terms this would remove a major solid waste problem (some