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Diversion task group (October 01, 1999)

On October 5, CSR: Corporations Supporting Recycling announced its initiation to form a national task group to establish a standard method to measure waste diversion. Current waste flow and diversion ...


On October 5, CSR: Corporations Supporting Recycling announced its initiation to form a national task group to establish a standard method to measure waste diversion. Current waste flow and diversion measurement methods vary widely from municipal program to program.

The task group will discuss options and establish the standard based on the concept of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The outcome of the group’s deliberations, expected by late spring 2000, will help municipalities determine what should be included in calculations. This is especially important as municipalities prepare to report their waste diversion levels compared to the target of a 50 per cent reduction that many set for themselves.

“We’re not prejudging what should be and should not be included. Those decisions will be made by the task group participants,” says CSR President and CEO Damian Bassett. “What we do know is that we need to develop a common methodology that we can all live by.”

CSR Vice President of Market and Technical Development Geoff Rathbone will co-chair the group. The second co-chair, to be drawn from the group, will be named later. CSR is currently inviting national representation from a broad spectrum of practitioners involved in waste issues, regulatory matters and management, including the federal government, provincial governments, municipalities, industry and non-government bodies (NGOs).

Topics to be discussed include reduction, recycling, composting, incineration, data management and reporting. The task group will be divided into working groups and each will be assigned a topic. The first step will involve a review and evaluation of practices to measure diversion in various jurisdictions. Discussions will follow on a recommended national approach and will result in a GAAP-style waste flow and diversion calculation handbook. CSR expects the task group members to be in place and ready to get underway later this fall.

Contact Geoff Rathbone at 416-594-3456, ext. 240 or at rathbone@csr.org.


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