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April 25, 2011 Column

An Overhaul of the Ontario Health and Safety System

by Lynne Bard

Bill 160 – an amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Act in Ontario has passed second reading on March 29, 2011. Be prepared to address these changes in the coming weeks. The Ontario Government has clearly indicated that this

April 24, 2011 Column

Market failure for “green” household products

by Guy Crittenden

I received an interesting email this week from the Product Policy Institute’s Bill Sheehan quoting from two media articles on the lackluster market performance of eco-friendly products. Of course, an issue for consideration is that people can make their own

April 18, 2011 Column

On Earth Day, how about we ban bottled water?

by Guy Crittenden

They may not deserve my sympathy, but I can’t help feeling a bit sorry for the PR people who have to come up with positive news releases for the soft drink and bottled water industry. It must feel a bit

April 13, 2011 Column

Introducing Lynne Bard

by Lynne Bard

Welcome to Beyond Rewards’ Lynne Bard, health and safety expert and contributing editor to HazMat Management magazine. Lynne is the first of our regular contributors to participate in our expanded list of online columnists (bloggers) and will update readers about

April 11, 2011 Column

Some gab about SLAB

by Guy Crittenden

Readers who follow environmental issues will be interested in viewing SLAB Watchdog’s new video, “Threat from Foreign SLAB Recycling” highlighting a real and growing problem around the foreign recycling of spent lead acid batteries (SLABs). According to SLAB Watchdog, in

April 4, 2011 Column

E Magazine article on EPR

by Guy Crittenden

E Magazine (www.emagazine.com) recently published a very good overview article on extended producer responsibility (EPR) in the United States, and efforts to thwart it, followed by an interview with the Product Policy Institute’s Bill Sheehan. I reproduce the article and

March 28, 2011 Column

CRI comments on Natural Logic’s white paper

by Guy Crittenden

On March 14, I received an enthusiastic email from Susan V. Collins, Executive Director of the US-based Container Recycling Institute (CRI, see www.container-recycling.org and www.bottlebill.org) about my editorial from the February/March edition entitled “Nestle and the Watering Down of EPR.”

March 22, 2011 Column

New product stewardship blog

by Guy Crittenden

Melissa Walsh Innes, Maine State Representative, wishes to share with colleagues working in the product stewardship/EPR field the new link (and title) to the blog she authors on the subject: http://theinneseprreport.blogspot.com/ She welcomes comments and suggestions of what can be

March 14, 2011 Column

Plans for Americana in Montreal

by Guy Crittenden

Along with my colleagues at the magazine and some of our other environmental information products, I will be in Montreal on Wednesday, March 23 to chair a day of workshops on environmental protection and waste management issues at the Americana

March 7, 2011 Column

Policies in the Oz

by Guy Crittenden

It’s interesting sometimes to look at policies and environmental developments in Australia or New Zealand – countries on the far side of the planet that, with their colonial pasts, vast wilderness areas and abundant natural resources, are similar in many

February 21, 2011 Column

Video of world’s most advanced car plant

by Guy Crittenden

For all you engineers our there, or fans of engineering, I offer a link below to a TV show segment about a new automobile assemply plant in Germany that’s the most advanced in the world, and may be one of

February 14, 2011 Column

Maine: Welfare for Waste?

by Guy Crittenden

According to the Athens, Georgia-based Product Policy Institute (PPI), Maine’s new Governor Paul LePage (R) is proposing to keep state recycling programs on the dole, and cut fee-based take-back programs paid for by manufacturers and their customers. The development is