Every September, I face a new class of third-year Environmental Resource Science students at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. The course title is “Waste Management.” My very first lecture is always the same: it starts with how we measure waste. It may seem simple, but the various measurements used for waste and recycling require careful […]
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
The report clarifies and offers valuable information regarding WEEE management in Canada including the costs of these programs, the methodologies used to measure their performance, and who is ultimately responsible for program operation. Also included is a discussion around industry best practices and the international policies that force producers to design more sustainable, less toxic […]
California’s AB 488 offers an eroded definition of recycling which presents a dangerous slippery slope. Click here for our comments.
Feb/March 2013 of Solid Waste Management Magazine published a short article about recent battery collection pilots in Durham and Niagara regions. batteries-curbsideSWRMag.pdf
Another great example of how industry managing their own EPR program has achieved gains in efficiency and innovation. The article was written five years ago, but it is still very relevant and a very real example of simplicity and common sense solutions for deposit return in a tiny province.
Ten years ago, CM Consulting published the first version of Who Pays What (WPW), which documents the collective efforts in beverage container recycling in Canada. Since then, much has changed. WPW2012 provides a significant amount of information in an easy to understand format, useful for industry stakeholders, governments and the public. […]
As electronics become increasingly mobile, batteries are becoming an increasingly significant portion of the e-scrap stream. Several canadian provinces have implemented stewardship programs, but how far do they go, and how effective are they at managing batteries? Click here for full article
Ten years ago, CM Consulting published the first version of Who Pays What, which documented the collective efforts in beverage container recycling and reuse in Canada for the first time. Since then, much has changed. Over the last decade,Canada has become a global leader in beverage container collection and recycling. Together, Canadian provinces collect […]
In the June/July 2012 edition of Solid Waste and Recycling Magazine, Clarissa Morawski presents key findings from the recently released Managing Canada’s Waste Batteries 2012, which covers a broad range of issues associated with portable battery collection and recycling in Canada. For the article click here: June/July 2012 SWRMag For the report click here: Managing Canada’s Waste Batteries 2012
Product Policy Institute (PPI) blogs about producer responsibility for portable batteries. Bill Sheehan, Executive Director, discusses a new national collection and recycling initiative from the US battery industry. http://productpolicy.blogspot.ca/2012/05/producer-responsibility-for-disposable.html?spref=fb&m=1