Nothing is 100% recyclable or 100% compostable

(14 March 2017) – Claims for 100% recyclable and 100% compostable seem to be proliferating. Are they accurate? Are they legal? Or are they just another form of greenwash?

It’s not surprising that North American consumers are confused. Because in common speech, the words “recyclable” and “compostable” can mean three..  . .   Read the rest of the post here 

Paper, paper, everywhere, and not a scrap to waste

(24 February 2017) – Every Tuesday night I come face-to-face with the twin issues of consumption and “sustainable materials management” or the latest buzzword favoured by governments, the “circular economy.” For Tuesday night is Recycling Night.

From the bathroom and bedroom, I gather toilet rolls and tissue, envelopes and..  . .   Read the rest of the post here 

The good, the bad, and the ugly about Ontario’s Blue Box

(31 January 2017) – The good news is that the reported recovery rates for almost every single material category in Ontario’s Blue Box have improved over the last 13 years, some by as much as 20 percentage points. The bad news is that several categories have made very little progress and lag way behind the others, and that the real recovery rates are much lower..  . .   Read the rest of the post here