Waste & Recycling

  • What Metro Vancouver's missing in its rush to incinerate

    September 23, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Readers will find this op-ed piece from the Vancouver Sun interesting. Written by John Winter — President of the BC Chamber of Commerce — the article describes Metro Vancouver’s proposed Bylaw 280, a piece of flow-control legislation that would direct

  • 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,

  • A policy debate over organic waste and biogas

    July 15, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    An interesting contest of opinion has opened up between the association that represents the private sector waste management industry in Ontario and an association that represents stakeholders who wish to increase the amount of organic waste managed via on-farm anaerobic

  • Is Peak Oil dead?/NEB and Pump Station Safety

    May 6, 2013 by David S. McRobert

    For years we have listened to the post-Limits to Growth crowd drone on about “peak oil.”  To my mind, the hypothesis that the planet would reach its peak production of oil and energy at a certain date was untestable as

  • New info from an in-depth article on the Deepwater Horizon spill

    April 30, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    Our sister publication HazMat Management focuses on contaminated site cleanup, new technology and pollution abatement. We have a strong readership (and growing) in the oil & gas sector, and in oil services companies. So I thought an in-depth article that appeared on

  • Food Insecurity, Dirty Drinking Water and Cheap Soft Drinks in Canada’s North

    December 3, 2012 by David S. McRobert

    Harsh environmental conditions are exacerbated by poverty, contaminated drinking water, unreliable and pricey shipping of goods from the rest of the country, monopolistic controls, a lack of housing, and other social issues. These factors take an especially harsh toll on the nutrition of people living in these communities, where healthy food is very expensive and soft drinks and junk food are cheap.


    July 8, 2011 by Gordon McGuinty

    I took a little unscheduled break this week. For the last three years I have been living in Canmore, Alberta. I was hiking last Saturday morning in these awesome mountains (Will and Kate just stayed at the Skoki Lodge in

  • Does our Waste Glow?

    May 23, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    As reported recently by the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) and reported in an earlier blog post by Guy Crittenden, the issue of Canadian waste entering may be heating up again. As they are want to do, the Americans have

  • Uncle Sam's Waste

    March 13, 2011 by Paul van der Werf

    I have had the benefit of not one but two winter holidays this year. I am not used to taking winter holidays and could probably do without them. They are kind of like a conjugal visit with Mother Nature. It’s

  • Short-term thinking on electronic gadgets

    January 3, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    Since it’s just after Christmas I thought readers might enjoy this thought provoking article about electronic gadgets such as cell phones that we replace very frequently in our wasteful culture. Getting Over Our Two-Year Itch By DAVID POGUE New York