Entries by John Nicholson

City of Hamilton charged for Odour Issues from Composting Facility

The City Hamilton, Ontario along with several contractors was recently charged under the Ontario Environmental Protection Act in connection with odour issues at its Central Composting Facility.  The specific charges are that the City, along with contractors for the composting facility, discharged or permitted the discharge of a contaminate (odour) contrary to the Environment Protection […]

StormFisher to Open Source Separated Organics Processing Centre in Southwestern Ontario

StormFisher Biogas, headquartered in London, Ontario, recently opened a new Resource Recovery Centre in southwestern Ontario.  The new facility, located in the Village of Drumbo, receives and processes municipal source separated organics and packaged food waste.  The incoming material is processed and is then supplied to either StormFisher’s anaerobic digesters in London or is sent […]

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Giant ‘vacuum cleaner’ leaves beaches microplastic-free

Conservationist group #SeaTheBiggerPicture Ocean Initiative (#STBP) and engineers from Matriarch Generic Engineering have developed a giant vacuum cleaner that picks up trash and sieves out microplastics from the beaches of Cape Town in South Africa. Called the Enviro Buggy, it sieve out microplastics, pieces of plastic that have broken down and now are smaller than […]

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Canada Business Opportunity for Waste Management Entrepreneurs

The Canadian government, through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, recently issued a Food Waste Reduction Challenge to entrepreneurs that have concepts and demonstration projects to reduce the food waste, fight climate change, and strengthen food systems.  The prizes range from $100,000 to $1.5 million.  The Food Waste Reduction Challenge is currently accepting applications for Streams A […]

COVID-19 Lockdown Measures in Ontario and the Impact on Waste Management

The Ontario government is moving Peel Region and Toronto into Lockdown effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01am. Durham Region and Region of Waterloo will move to “Red-Control” level (restrictions across multiple sectors). Lockdown measures and restrictions will largely affect retail establishments, restaurants, bars, sports and entertainment facilities, post-secondary schools, and meeting and event spaces, […]


Regina’s Green Cart Pilot Project showing signs of Success

The first month results are in on the City of Regina’s green cart pilot project.  Pilot projects participants of the Saskatchewan city of 230,000 have increased the residential diversion rate to 51.7 per cent by using their green carts. These early results show that when fully implemented, green carts will help move Regina closer to […]


Curbside Tune-Up of Organics and Recyclables in Squamish, B.C.

The District of Squamish, in partnership with Squamish CAN, and Recycle BC, is conducted curbside checks to help improve individual organics and recycling. Auditors will visit all Squamish neighbourhoods for brief inspections of both recycling and organics totes in October. The Audit The audit work as follows: Auditors will conduct a brief visual inspection of […]

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Ontario’s Proposed Blue Box Transition Legislation: Progress, or doubling down on a broken system?

Written by Calvin Lakhan, Ph.D, Co-Investigator: “The Waste Wiki” – Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University For much of this past week, I have been asked by a range of stakeholders and media outlets to provide my thoughts on Ontario’s proposed Blue Box transition plan. Generally speaking, the headlines surrounding the province’s announcement have […]

In-vessel Composter for Sale in Ontario

Wastenot Farms is selling an in-vessel digestor (composter) purchased new from Brome Compost inc. in Sept ’19. Please contact [email protected] for more information. Asking: $45,000 • Brome In-vessel Composter Model # 516: Rotating Industrial Composter • Purchased new in Sept 2019 • Interested in more info, please email: jocely[email protected] • Located in Orangeville, Ontario