On Wednesday, June 11, 2008 a new advocacy group announced its presence at the annual conference of the Municipal Waste Integration Network (MWIN) in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the theme of which was “Zero Waste… Achieving the possible.” The new group is called the Ontario Zero Waste Coalition (OZWC), and is made up of member non-governmental groups from across Ontario; it intends to lobby the government and educate the public about adopting Zero Waste strategies that could see waste diversion rates climb from current municipal averages of 20 to 45 per cent to more than 90 per cent.
The MWIN conference covered all aspects of Zero Waste, including the municipal role in regulating and educating. In attendance were some North American leaders, including Bill Sheehan, Executive Director of the Product Policy Institute, and Raymond Gaudart, Founder of the BC Product Stewardship Council. The idea of extended producer responsibility seemed to be accepted as a major trend that will impact society and waste diversion in the years to come.
For more information about the Ontario Zero Waste Coalition contact Liz Benneian at email@example.com For more information about MWIN, visitwww.mwin.org