Our new website design and other matters

Given that it’s the summer doldrums and I know some readers are away at cottages or otherwise on holiday, I thought I’d spare you all a long post. (However, if you’d like to read something longer and very interesting, read the blog entry by our reporter Dave Nesseth about TerraCycle’s program to recycle “coffee pods”

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Thoughts on the end times

As I pack for my annual paddling trip, my thoughts have turned this summer to the dire situation we humans have created for ourselves and all other life on the planet. My paddling trip this year is to Temagami in Northern Ontario — I’m going with my brother and a group of friends. No doubt

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Ontario’s first Zero Waste conference a success!

Ontario’s first Zero Waste Conference took place yesterday (Monday, August 11, with a reception and a bit of program on the Sunday evening before) at the new, modern Lakehead University campus in Orillia, Ontario. The team that put it together, inspired and led by private citizen and activist Kelly Clune, are to be commended for a job

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Some signs of progress

The US-based environmental group, Upstream, has quietly changed the numbers in its Waste of Forests campaign, correcting the error that inflated its packaging waste claim by about 30 per cent (Upstream misses the boat). We remain hopeful that the group will also change its misleading view of how recycled and virgin material are used in

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Our upcoming August/September edition

I thought readers might be interested in knowing what’s coming up in the forthcoming August/September 2014 edition of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine.   COVER STORY SPOTLIGHT: TERRACYCLE TerraCycle Canada has been making news lately, including announcements in British Columbia about programs to collect cigarette butts and a partnership with Progressive Waste Services. We profile

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Loblaws says it’s still charging for bags

I wish to share a letter to the editor in advance of the publication of our print August/September edition, in which the letter will also appear. My attention was drawn by Loblaws supermarket chain’s public relations director that a news story we ran recently, that you can view here. The article included Loblaws in a

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Companies need to be accountable for event waste management

Public events can be fun, but they’re damn messy. I spent Friday night at an absolutely jam-packed Asian night market hosted by T&T Supermarket in Toronto. It was jam-packed in terms of people— thousands of people wandering around with half-eaten battered squid tentacles and single-bite oddities like Smelly Tofu, designed to smell like a garbage

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Got a spare moment?

Tired of wading through the hundreds of emails that have accumulated in your inbox while you were on holiday? Can’t get hold of someone because they are now away? Love the kids dearly but secretly can’t wait until school starts again and you can get back on a regular schedule? We have the answer, and

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