On May 27-28 the Municipal Waste Association (MWA), formerly the Association of Municipal Recycling Coordinators (AMRC) held its Spring Workshop at the Hockley Valley Resort, near Orangeville, Ontario.
The first day centered around a golf tournament with which the weather was not cooperative, but everyone was in good spirits at dinner in the Montclair Ballroom with an offbeat magic show presented by “Zoltan the Adequate.”
On the second day, after the MWA AGM, the group heard from John Vidan, Director, Waste Management Policy Branch, Ontario Ministry of the Environment about “What’s Next for the Waste Diversion Act” and then from Glenda Gies on Waste Diversion Ontario’s April report to the minister about the Blue Box Program Plan review.
Highlights of the afternoon included a panel discussion moderated by Usman Valiante, Corporate Policy Group, on moving towards 100 per cent producer responsibility — the implications of transferring control of the blue box program. Ontario is poised to make packaging and other stewards fully responsible to pay for curbside recycling costs, and the point was made that if industry is going to pay the whole shot, it will want control of the system. The panelists included Pat Parker (City of Hamilton, which owns its own MRF), Rob Rivers (Region of Halton, which contracts out collection and processing), Rob Cook (OWMA, who offered the contractors’ perspective) and Guy Crittenden (editor of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine).
Other session included an update on recycling markets from Guelph’s Phil Zigby (who also chairs the MWA Markets, Operations & Contracts Committee) and updates on stewardship program plans: WEEE — David Neilson; StewardEdge; MHSW — Phases 2 & 3; Do What You Can — Lyle Clarke, Stewardship Ontario; and Tires — Andrew Horsman, Ontario Tire Stewardship. Sherry Arcaro (MWA Chair) addressed Best Practices and Optimizing WDO funding, and Andy Campbell (CIF) made the final presentation updating the Continuous Improvement Fund. For more information about the Municipal Waste Association and upcoming events, visit www.municipalwaste.ca