Sherry Arcaro (former MWA chair) and Derek Ochej, Kingston, winner of the Gold prize in the Best Web-based Tool award category. (Ochej later gave a presentation on how legislation for people with disabilities affects municipalities.) Arcaro has moved to StewardEdge; Sue McCrae (Ottawa Valley) has moved from Vice-Chair to Chair of the MWA, with Kevin Vibert (Toronto) as the new Vice-Chair.
The City of Kingston’s Waste Sorting Lookup tool allows residents to enter a waste item and be presented with instructions for the proper disposal of that waste item. If an item is misspelled or multiple items with similar wording are possible, the search engine will make suggestions of what items the resident may choose from. The instructions are color coded to match the City’s Trim Your Waste Guide. The Waste Sorting Lookup tool is also used heavily by customer service representatives, cutting down on the response time to resident inquiries as representatives don’t need to contact solid waste staff for disposal instruction on waste items.
The MWA Annual Promotion and Education Awards were part of the association’s fall workshop, “Implementing Best Practices to Optimize Program Efficiency and Funding, and Important Funding Program Updates (MHSW, WEEE, Tires).” The event took place at the Delta Toronto Airport West hotel in Mississauga. In addition to learning about best practices, the group heard from Tamara Gilbert of Ontario’s environment ministry about the government’s review of the Waste Diversion Act (See article, page 54.) Other presentations included Peel Region’s Trevor Barton (about the municipal hazardous or special waste contract negotiations), Wellington County’s Cathy Wiebe (about the Ontario Tire Stewardship Program), Essex-Windsor’s Cam Wright (about the Ontario Electronic Stewardship Program) and Guelph’s Phil Zigby on recycling markets.
To learn more about the Municipal Waste Association (MWA) and its events, visit www.municipalwaste.ca