Waste & Recycling

  • Companies need to be accountable for event waste management

    July 29, 2014 by David Nesseth

    If there are waste guidelines that private companies need to follow for a special event, it’s pretty clear that they aren’t often enforced. Perhaps it’s a cost issue, but a company, especially such a large one, shouldn’t have the freedom to do as it pleases when it comes to event waste. Pretty basic stuff.

  • Metro Vancouver responds on Bylaw 280

    May 20, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    On May 14 I received a letter for publication from Paul Henderson, General Manager for Solid Waste Services for Metro Vancouver, BC. The letter is in response to a series of online and print articles I wrote about Metro’s proposed Bylaw 280

  • The stewardship fight heats up in BC

    March 27, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    An article in the Campbell River Mirror (updated March 25) neatly sums up the showdown developing in British Columbia over complex issues related to that province’s extensive producer responsibility program for end-of-life management of packaging and printed paper. If your

  • The Tragedy of the Commons and the Gift Economy

    January 28, 2014 by Guy Crittenden

    Readers of this magazine and my online column know I’m not a gloom-and-doom kind of guy. I lose plenty of sleep fretting over the kind of world we’re leaving our kids, but I figure the mainstream media does a good

  • Where to focus our attention

    October 22, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    Brian Tippetts, a director with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) contacted me recently via Linkedin (hey, maybe Linkedin is useful after all!) and shared a blog entry from John Trotti, editor of US-based MSW Management magazine, which

  • Reflections on the Architects of Human-made Disasters; or Why Overlaps Often aren’t such a Bad Thing

    September 30, 2013 by David S. McRobert

    By David McRobert (with contributions from Meghan Robinson and Sharon Sam) For decades I have struggled with an illusive, demanding and unforgiving mistress who has kept up me many nights: my muse asks, “David how can we balance economic goals

  • 15 tips for clean/green tech accelerator success

    July 22, 2013 by Guy Crittenden

    From time to time people forward links to me to interesting blogs that I feel are worth sharing. The blog entry, below, offers tips for cleantech accelerator success. This post was originally published here and is republished by permission.    15 tips for

  • Waste essay by Wendell Berry

    June 5, 2012 by Guy Crittenden

    Bill Sheehan of the Product Policy Institute (www.productpolicy.org) forwarded this 1990 essay by Wendell Berry (care of David Stitzhal), and I share it with you. “There is no sense and no sanity in objecting to the desecration of the flag

  • Questioning the wind industry

    August 8, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

    I thought readers might find this Energy Probe article interesting about the wind industry and its claims. You can read it below, but the original contains interesting links and is available here: http://ep.probeinternational.org/2011/08/01/parker-gallant-the-wind-industrys-spin/ Parker Gallant: The wind industry’s spin (August


    February 2, 2011 by Gordon McGuinty

    It has been my experience, over the past fourteen years, while dealing with people in opposition to projects that these people fit into a few select categories. First, there are the “environmental zealots”. This group will oppose anything and everything