Solid Waste & Recycling


Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo program details (June 29, 2009)

2009 Educational Seminars and Special Events have been announced for the Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo.

2009 Educational Seminars and Special Events have been announced for the Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo.


Tuesday October 27th, 2009

Waste Disposal and Recycling Facility Tour

Price: $199.50 (Includes GST)

Includes: tour sites, bus transportation, lunch and resource materials

A one-day tour of leading Waste Disposal and Recycling facilities in Vancouver that transfer, manage, process and dispose variety of materials from both the residential and industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sectors. The tour will depart from and return to the Vancouver Convention Center and include landfills, transfer stations and resource recovery facilities.




Wednesday October 28th, 2009

Morning Sessions: 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Seminar #1: $59 (GST included) – Compost: From Start to a Winning Finish

Sponsored by: Composting Council of Canada

Presented by:

TBA, Metro Vancouver (invited)

John Paul, Transform Compost

With the number of organics recycling programs ever-increasing across the country, a review of lessons-learned and best practices is essential to allow new programs to learn from the experience of others. Dr. John Paul will give an overview of the composting process, highlighting lessons-learned and best practices for success.

The process of choosing a technology and launching your organics collection program can be equally challenging. The staff of Metro Vancouver have been invited to highlight their recent experience.


Seminar #2: $59 (GST Included) – Hazardous Waste Compliance Improvement Project (HWCIP)

Sponsored by: British Columbia Environment Industry Association

Presented by:

T.B.A. – BCEIA Hazardous Waste Committee

Executive Director – BCEIA

The British Columbia Environment Industry Association provides an update on its HWCIP campaign – an ongoing project developed in concert with the BC Ministry of Environment (following completion of a comprehensive survey of hazardous waste management practices in the province) to develop educational materials and training seminars. This information is useful for employees, employers, decision makers and the general public; anyone who may have concern or responsibility for the hazardous waste lifecycle i.e. production, transport, storage, response, destruction. This session also includes a review of the BCEIA’s ongoing hazardous waste audit campaign wherein hazardous waste generators, transporters and treatment facilities can seek financial compensation to offset up to 50 per cent of the costs of a private compliance audit under BC’s new Hazardous Waste Regulations.


Seminar #3: $59 (GST included) – GHG from A to Zee – an Update

Sponsored by: SWANA – BC Pacific Chapter

Presented by:

Jeff Carmichael -Energy Planning Program – Metro Vancouver

Last Year SWANA BC held a ground breaking GHG forum in Victoria featuring carbon tax, carbon credits and cap and trade as they relate to Solid Waste Management Infrastructure. Jeff Carmichael’s presentation – informative, entertaining, and eye opening – set the tone. Now he is back! And not to be missed! Jeff Carmichael is an economist at Metro Vancouver, where he co-leads the energy planning program. He also takes part in research projects as an adjunct faculty member at the University of British Columbia (UBC).


Seminar #4: $59 (GST included) – Chemical Management Plan and PCB Regulations – the New Federal Guidelines

Sponsored by: Ontario Waste Management Association

Presented by:

Bob Larocque – Chief Waste Programs, Environment Canada – Invited

On December 8, 2006, the Prime Minister along with the Ministers of the Environment and Health, unveiled Canada’s new Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) which takes immediate action to regulate chemicals that are harmful to human health or the environment. A key element in the CMP is the collection of information on the properties and uses of the approximately 200 chemical substances identified through the categorization process as high priorities for action.

The Waste Management Sector has been identified as a possible source of release to the environment for CMP substances as several substances under the challenge are expected to be found in landfill sites. Hear about the Environment Canada strategy to assess landfills and other waste management facilities under the CMP.

Get an up to date overview of Environment Canada’s actions and proposed strategies for the management of PCB’s across the country.

Morning Sessions: 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Plenary Session: FREE to all CWRE Attendees – Getting to 50 per cent Diversion: Success stories from Canadian Municipalities

Sponsored by: Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Presented by: TBA

Zero-Waste is gaining ground as a long-term goal for waste management, but it doesn’t happen overnight. With all of the waste diversion policies, technologies, and programs out there, what is the right mix for your community? How can you take your waste diversion efforts to the next level, and what step will give you the most bang for your municipal buck?

Join the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund as they present speakers from municipalities that have reached or exceeded 50 per cent diversion rates. Speakers will share what has worked – and what hasn’t – for their municipality, considering the influence of factors such as location, size, public policy, infrastructure, and civic engagement on increasing waste diversion.


Luncheon: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


British Columbia Environment Industry Association Luncheon – Tickets $60 (GST included) single ticket or $500 (GST included) for a table of ten

Guest Speaker:




Afternoon Sessions: 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Seminar #5: $59 (GST included) – Contracts – How is Yours in These Times of Crises?

Sponsored by: SWANA – BC Pacific Chapter

Presented by:

John S. Haythorne LL.B., P.Eng, B.Sc. Partner, Fraser, Milner Casgrain LLP

OK. So the recycling markets tanked. OK. So the estimated collection costs for newly configured waste stream collection forced you to rethink the timing of a switch over. OK. So there are alligators biting at you every day. How is your contract?? Last time John spoke at CWRE it was standing room only and the session rolled into the lunch hour!! John is a Partner with FMC who practices in the areas of construction, engineering and infrastructure, with special emphasis on negotiating, drafting and advising on contracts. John is a frequent lecturer on all matters relating to construction law, procurement, and P3s.


Seminar #6: $59 (GST included) – Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) – The New Tool in Waste Management Planning

Sponsored by: Ontario Waste Management Association

Presented by:

Michael Cant, Canadian Waste Sector Leader, Golder Associates Ltd.

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) potentially represents a new way to view waste management systems and assess waste management options. Hear about what LCA can and can’t provide and how it may influence the future decisions in your Municipality or company.


Seminar #7: $59 (GST included) – Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) – Shifting Waste Diversion from Local Government to Industry

Sponsored by: Recycling Council of British Columbia and Recycling Council of Alberta

Presented by:

Christina Seidel – Executive Director, Recycling Council of Alberta

Brock Macdonald – Executive Director, Recycling Council of British Columbia

Recycling Council of Alberta Executive Director Christina Seidel and Recycling Council of B.C. Executive Director Brock Macdonald provide an overview of Extended Producer Responsibility activity and programs in Canada, with specific details of what is happening on the EPR front in their respective provinces. Learn about these waste reduction initiatives, how they work, the roles of stakeholders and how they affect government, industry, consumers and the general public.


Seminar #8: $59 (GST included) – Automated Waste Collection in the Central Okanagan: Lessons Learned

Sponsored by: British Columbia Environment Industry Association

Presented by:

Rae Stewart – Regional Waste Reduction Office, Central Okanagan Regional District

Peter Rotheisler – Regional Waste Reduction Office, Central Okanagan Regional District

Eve-Lyn Wolters – Regional Waste Reduction Office, Central Okanagan Regional District

This presentation will look at the lessons learned after rolling out an automated waste collection system to more than 50,000 households throughout the Central Okanagan. Between February and June of 2009 the Waste Reduction Office of the Central Okanagan Regional District coordinated the transition from manual to automated residential waste collection and the delivery of more than 150,000 carts. Topics that will be discussed include: pilot studies, pre-roll-out education and social marketing, resident feedback during the roll out, costs associated with automation, automation in rural areas and high density neighbourhoods, levels of contamin
ation in yard waste and recycling, garbage reduction, and cart sizes.


Afternoon Sessions: 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.


Seminar #9: $59 (GST included) – “Trash Smart” Recycling Energy from Our Waste

Sponsored by: British Columbia Environment Industry Association

Presented by:

Uwe Zeiler, President | West Coast Power Inc.

“Waste-free” by 2020, illusion or possibility? Germany and Switzerland have developed technologies to make this a reality. It is not that we will stop producing waste entirely, but changes in how much of it accumulates, where it goes, and what it becomes will help to achieve our “Waste-free” goal. As a company with expertise in Waste-to-Energy solutions, we will introduce a process that sorts waste materials depending on their reuse and recycle values. We will present a proven method that handles plastics and converts it back into oil and showcase how and what kind of the non-recyclable materials can be used to fuel a gasification process self-sufficiently. This process completely eliminates waste with extremely low emissions that they are considered negligible.


Seminar #10: $59 (GST included) – Winning Nature’s Gold: Compost Markets and Their Development

Sponsored by: Composting Council of Canada

Presented by:

Graeme Faris, formerly of Comox-Strathcona Regional District

Large-scale composting is continuing to spread as a big part of the solution to our current waste issues. But what markets are out there for the product? How do we develop those markets? How do we go about producing a product ideal for the markets we’re developing? What part can voluntary standards programs play in the marketing of compost products? This session will take some steps toward answering those questions.


Seminar #11: $59 (GST included) – Vancouver’s Decision to Export to the US – The Rationale

Sponsored by: Ontario Waste Management Association

Presented by:

Ken Carrusca, Senior Engineer, Policy and Planning Department – Metro Vancouver – invited

Exporting waste for disposal to the United States has been a controversial issue in some Canadian jurisdictions and the United States. As disposal capacity challenges many areas including western Canada, a wider range of disposal options including waste export are under consideration. Hear about the disposal challenges of the Greater Vancouver District (GVD); future options under consideration and the rationale behind the proposal to export GVD residential waste to the United States.


Seminar #12: $59 (GST included) – International Case Study: United Kingdom

Sponsored by: British Columbia Environment Industry Association

Presented by:

Sarah Clegg – Deputy Consul General, British Consulate-General Vancouver / United Kingdom Trade & Investment

Details to come


Reception: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


SWANA – BC Pacific Chapter Meeting & Wine and Cheese Reception

Tickets $60 (GST included)

As the SWANA BC Pacific Chapter heads into the teen years of the 21st Century it invites you to come to a meeting where its Strategic Plan will be reviewed. The Chapter experienced unprecedented growth in the time leading up to the current economic downturn. See how SWANA in Canada and the Pacific Chapter will face the challenges of the next 5 years.

Guest Speakers –     Ralph Bischoff, Executive Director SWANA BC Chapter

John Lackie, Canadian Representative SWANA International


Thursday October 29th, 2009

Morning Sessions: 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.


Seminar #13: $59 (GST included) – Markets – Driven by demand or driven by regulation? -The Electronic Stewardship Model

Sponsored by: SWANA – BC Pacific Chapter

Presented by:

Joyce Thayer, Executive Director Electronic Stewardship Association of BC (ESABC), Joyce Thayer Law Corporation

Usually markets are driven by demand. Sometimes public policy deems that markets are driven by regulation. In the case of the tsunami of electronics, new stewardship models have been put into place.

Attend this session and get an update from Joyce Thayer, Executive Director of the Electronics Stewardship Association of British Columbia (ESABC).

  • ESABC is a member based, not-for-profit organization established in November 2006 in conjunction with Ministry approval of the ESABC Stewardship Plan for handling End-of-Life Electronics. Membership is comprised of major producers and retailers of electronics in British Columbia. Industry through ESABC is committed to providing British Columbians with efficient, cost-effective, convenient, environmentally sound and socially responsible solutions for managing obligated end-of-life electronics. ESABC’s electronics recycling program is delivered to BC, by Encorp Pacific under the brand Return-It™ Electronics
  • As of February 28, 2009 ESABC has diverted over 15,500 tonnes of electronics from landfills.
  • ESABC is currently averaging 900-1000+ metric tonnes of diversion per month.
  • Based on per capita weight – ESABC is the second largest e-waste recycler in North America in just over one year.


Seminar #14: $59 (GST included) – Hazardous Wastes & You: New Training Materials for Employees, Employers & Decision Makers

Sponsored by: British Columbia Environment Industry Association

Presented by:

Barb Perry – Manager Technical Services, NEWALTA

Susan Wu – Technical Services, NEWALTA

Proper hazardous waste management strategies are an on-going concern for employers and decision makers alike. British Columbia’s regulatory landscape is complex and liability for non-compliance resides throughout the hazardous waste life-cycle. Knowledge, training, planning and proper implementation are essential which is why the BCEIA has created the Hazardous Waste Survival Guide for BC’s hazardous waste management community, employers, employees and municipal decision makers. This session gives an overview of the information contained in the Guide. Abridged topics include: identification and classification of hazardous waste, registration as a generator, storage & labeling considerations, tips for choosing carriers and hazardous waste processors, how & when to manifest, penalties for non-compliance, what’s new in the legislation and other resources available from BCEIA to assist with regulatory compliance strategies.


Seminar #15: $59 (GST included) – Organics – Is the Time Ripe to Incorporate Them in Your Programme?

Sponsored by: SWANA – BC Pacific Chapter

Presented by:

Andrew Marr, P.Eng. CCEP, Policy and Planning Department, Metro Vancouver

Jason Adams, reFUSE Holdings Ltd

Regional Plans and local service providers; Mainland and Vancouver Island issues. There are two sides to every coin. Get your money’s worth by attending this feature session and learning from two cases dealing with the transformation of our communities from waste producers to waste reducers. Both cases work on the premise that by reducing waste at the source and treating existing waste as a resource, we can create cleaner, healthier regions and act as an essential part of sustainable living on our planet. Both cases have experience and maybe even some answers on why organics diversion is so difficult to deal with!

In Metro Vancouver the board endorsed the establishment of two regional organic waste management facilities. A food and yard waste composting
facility will be established in the western part of the region. A second food and yard waste composting facility will be established in the eastern part of the region later, when the proponent has secured an appropriate site with all the necessary approvals. Andrew D. Marr is a Senior Engineer with the Metro Vancouver, a federation of the municipalities in the Greater Vancouver area. He oversees a group which assesses the potential impacts and monitors performance of programs and projects in Metro Vancouver’s solid waste utility.

Jason Adams will speak to Local Problems calling for local solutions. His company, reFUSE pioneered full-service Organics Recycling in Victoria. They created a niche in the waste management industry, providing organic waste collection from businesses including hotels, restaurants, grocers and institutions. Not simply trying to keep waste out of the landfill and save people money, they are committed to preserving resources while creating local, sustainable jobs. All loads are delivered to their transfer facility, sorted and graded. All sorted organics go to facilities that are compliant with CRD, CVRD and Ministry of Environment regulations. Wanting not to be branded as a conventional garbage company, they focus on organics and see Garbage is a Wasted Opportunity.


Seminar #16: $59 (GST included) – Disposal Trends from Coast to Coast

Sponsored by” Ontario Waste Management Association

Presented by:

Michael Cant – Canadian Waste Sector Leader, Golder Associates

An insightful analysis of the current status of solid waste disposal across Canada, from landfill to EFW to new and emerging technologies. Hear about what is happening in all of Canada’s regions. The analysis will also assess the varying policy approaches and economic disincentive approaches to traditional waste disposal.


Morning Sessions: 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Seminar #17: $59 (GST included) – Transfer Stations – Remodelin
g for the Teen Years

Sponsored by: SWANA – BC Pacific Chapter

Presented by:

Wilbert Yang, P. Eng Policy and Planning Department, Metro Vancouver

Carol De La Franier – SWANA BC Chapter Training Faculty

Don’t miss the talk on this key link in the infrastructure system! Both large and small population regional districts, share the challenges of optimizing e current waste transfer operations and to look forward at what improvements are needed to manage the future increases in population, vehicles, and MSW tonnages over the course of the next 10 to 25 years.

The objectives of a Metro Vancouver study can be shared as they:

  • Evaluate the state-of-the-art/emerging technologies for transfer stations.
  • Assess the current status of transfer and disposal system.
  • Analyze growth projections, and forecast future system demands.
  • Assess the impacts Zero Waste Challenge on the transfer system.
  • Develop specifications and conceptual designs for new and upgraded facilities.
  • Provide guidelines, budgets, and schedules to implement the new and upgraded facilities.

Metro Vancouver can share its vision of the transfer station system now and into the future, along with a road map and reference document on which to base future capital budgets, make policy decisions, and create transfer station designs

SWANA BC Chapter delivers a certification course “Managing Transfer Stations” that has recently been updated – The SWANA BC Chapter Training Committee will be able to highlight the benefits of certification in this specialized field.


Seminar #18: $59 (GST included) – Commodities in the Recycling Market and the Impact on the Waste Industry

Sponsored by: Ontario Waste Management Association

Presented by:

Mike Di Placido – METRO Waste Paper Recovery Inc.

The global economic downturn has had profound impacts on the marketing and movement of materials and commodities from Canada’s diversion programs in both the municipal and IC&I sectors. Learn about the current status of materials markets – what is moving and why. Understand the impact of material quality and the implications to our current material processing systems. Hear about the challenges of ‘weathering’ the economic downturn for both municipalities and service providers from a financial perspective.


Seminar #19: $59 (GST included) – Cement Based Solidification/Stabilization for Hazardous Wastes and Contaminated Soils – Extended Application and Efficient Regulation as a Presumptive Remedy in BC

Sponsored by: British Columbia Environment Industry Association

Presented by:

Todd Kruszewski – P. Eng., Director of Markets & Technical Affairs, Cement Assoc. of Canada

John Wiens – Ph.D., P.Ag., Technical Director Site Assessment, SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd.

Options for site remediation and industrial wastes are limited in BC. Disposal of hazardous waste uses facilities in other pr
ovinces or the US. Brownfield renewal, sustainable development and carbon neutral solutions all encourage exploring options. Treatment can be effective, local and efficient but needs to receive authorization where required so use does not languish at a pilot stage, remain a theoretical option, or be a technology used only in other jurisdictions! Technology and regulation must be coordinated. In BC, solidification / stabilization (S/S) technology using portland cement is not used widely, or it is used as a pre-treatment prior to hauling to another jurisdiction for disposal. In the US S/S is a presumptive remedy, accepted and used as a preferred option in various applications. In BC, treated hazardous waste residues require delisting per the Hazardous Waste Regulation before disposal or reuse. Also, MOE draft procedures classify as high risk, contaminated sites with substance concentrations approaching hazardous waste and additional submissions and regulation would result. The CAC and SLR seek to establish S/S as a presumptive remedy in BC so approval is not a barrier to using S/S for hazardous waste and contaminated site management. Case examples and application of the technology, current and amended regulatory provisions and status of the project will be discussed.


Seminar #20: $59 (GST included) – WTE or EFW: Waste to Energy or Energy from Waste? Which is it? Where Is the Horse and Where is the Cart?

Sponsored by: SWANA – BC Pacific Chapter

Presented by:

Russ Anderson – Veolia Environmental Services – Burnaby, BC

Attend this feature session and revisit the costs and the benefits that can be derived from what used to be called “WTE” plants!!

Review, compare, and update your experience on the public perceptions of WTE in spite of the fact that WTE facilities have been designed as a safe and environmentally-sound waste disposal method; with strict environmental testing and continuous emission monitoring showing they can meet all regulatory standards and have no measurable impact on the air, soil or vegetation.

Discuss the perception of EFW; which seems to have a rougher ride in some sectors and is often considered as premature diversion in “zero waste” scenarios. Can these facilities be a

source of “community-scale clean energy” for municipalities; generating energy through solid waste to tip the scale from being net consumers to a net producers of energy?


Luncheon: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Canadian Waste Sector Luncheon – $75 per Ticket or $650 for a Table of 10

Sponsored by: Ontario Waste Management Association

Guest Speaker:

Honourable Jim Prentice, Federal Minister of the Environment – Invited

Join the Honourable Jim Prentice, Federal Minister of the Environment (invited), government representatives, waste sector representatives, and guests, at the Canadian Waste Sector Luncheon. The waste management sector across Canada will hear about the Ministry’s significant environmental achievements over the past year and future priorities relative to the solid waste and hazardous waste management sector across Canada.

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