Algonquin Park: A Waste Diversion Success Story

The crown jewel of Ontario’s provincial park system is being recognized for hitting a crucial milestone not often associated with our parks system: removing garbage. With approximately one million visitors flocking to Ontario’s largest and most popular park destination, Algonquin Park in Central Ontario is earning praise from the province’s […]

Trashed film review A\J AlternativesJournal.ca


Disposable products take on a life of momentous proportion in Trashed. The documentary’s first scenes feature narrator Jeremy Irons wandering through a heaping, open garbage dump in Beirut that produces 80 tonnes of waste per day, making it clear that this story is yet another harsh reality check. The world is […]

Embodied Energy

WASTE DISCUSSIONS have traditionally focused on the back-end management of garbage: the significant economic and environmental implications of finding safe disposal sites, for example.  But the obvious often escapes us – that garbage is made up of basic materials (metal, wood, plastic, glass, etc.) that require energy to obtain, process and […]

The Story of Stuff book review A\J AlternativesJournal.ca

The Story of Stuff

It is no secret that the environmental challenges facing our world today are dizzyingly complex. To add to this, the public is constantly bombarded with messages about how nearly all aspects of our system are in crisis. A common reaction is to bury our heads in the sand and hope […]