Representatives of the public and private sector from across Canada received practical advice and heard about best practices in waste management at the Canadian Waste Management conference in Richmond Hill, Ontario, February 22-23.
This conference, hosted and produced by Insight Information, focused on new strategies and technologies.
This included the use of social marketing in rapidly growing Halton Region west of Toronto, to promote a new curbside recycling and organics program through the help of a cartoon frog that is expected to soon have its own Facebook fan page.
Jim Downham, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Packaging Association of Canada, talked about how the packaging industry is taking responsibility for supporting waste reduction through smarter packaging technology and design.
Presenters also discussed the impact of new technologies. Carol Hochu, Executive Director of Ontario Electronic Stewardship, discussed the impact of the steady flow of new electronic products, which generates a flow of obsolete, used products that contain materials that must be diverted from landfill.
Some presentations dealt with vexing practical problems, such as one by David Myles of Halton Region and Andrew Boyd of the City of Kawartha Lakes, on “The popular blue box lids: is it worth it? Others were more conceptual, such as how to benefit from the Feed In Tariff (FIT) for organics processing, delivered by John Haanstra of Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd.
– Carl Friesen