“In 1940, Canada’s estimated waste generation rate was about 300 kg/capita. Now it’s about 1,000 kg/capita.”
That’s the lead tidbit of Growing Waste, Stalled Diversion -- The state of Waste in Canada, from the cover story in the June/July 2012 edition of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine.
On October 3, 2012, article authors Paul van der Werf and Michael Cant will be making a presentation on the “State of Waste in Canada” article at the Recycling Council of Alberta conference in Jasper.
In addition to per capita waste generation from 1940-2010, the article explored the results of consumerism and residential versus industrial, commercial and institutional waste (IC&I).
Cant and van der Werf presented a series of solutions in the article, such as picking a realistic waste diversion goal, landfill bans and taxes, recognizing the energy value in waste, and developing IC&I waste diversion strategies.
Read the State of Waste in Canada article here.
Early registration deadlines are looming for the Recycling Council of Alberta's (RCA) 2012 Waste Reduction Conference, billed as the Wild World of Waste.
The conference will be held October 3 to 5, 2012, at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
Some of the scheduled speakers include Jim Evanoff of the U.S. National Park Service, and Elizabeth Shoch of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and the Closing the Loop project. The full list of speakers can be found here.
Register today – visit www.recycle.ab.ca/2012register