Organizers of the Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo (Vancouver, Canada, November 28-29, 2007) say that the trade show will focus on the latest trends and issues in waste, recycling and public works, including stewardship and recycling of electronics waste.
More than 2,500 attendees are expected to participate in the event at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. In its 10th year, CWRE is the only trade show in Canada serving the waste, recycling and public works markets.
As municipalities across Canada and around the globe seek ways to deal with recycling old electronics and gadgets — from computers and cell phones to televisions — electronics recycling or e-waste has become an issue that the industry, governments, corporations and consumers are closely following.
With the increased growth of consumer electronics usage, recycling old devices safely and environmentally is a timely topic that many municipalities are grappling with, says Arnie Gess, show manager for Messe Frankfurt.
Conference attendees will hear an update on a new e-waste stewardship program instituted this summer by British Columbias Ministry of the Environment, in partnership with Encorp Pacific, a federally incorporated not-for-profit, and the Electronics Stewardship Association of B.C. (ESABC).
Funded by an industry-set fee paid by consumers at the time of purchasing a new electronic device, the program collects and recycles computers, monitors, desktop printers and televisions. In its first year, the program expects to collect more than 10,000 tonnes of electronic waste.
Currently, 70 sites across the province accept a select list of obsolete electronics that are then dismantled. The plastics and metals are shipped to three B.C. recycling companies, which chemically reduce them and sell off the resulting product.
Malcolm E. Harvey of M.E. Harvey and Associates will review the impacts and future of the program in his SWANA-sponsored seminar entitled E-Waste Collection Digital Dynamics and Product Stewardship.
Seminar and Special Events
In addition to the e-waste presentation, another 18 seminar sessions and half a dozen special events are planned, sponsored by industry affiliates and presented by industry leaders, government officials and renowned experts covering a wide array of interests, policies, regulations, technologies and concerns.
From e-waste to innovative waste management and composting, weve designed this robust seminar program to be timely and relevant to our buyers from Canada, the United States, Pacific region and other parts of the globe, Gess says.
Seminar sessions include topics such as A Cross-Canada Review of Emerging and Innovative Ventures in Waste Management; Integrated Solid Waste Management: The Myths & The Realities; Multi-Family Recycling Education Turning Problematic Programs into Shining Stars; Federal Issues Import/Export of Hazardous & Non-Hazardous Wastes; Composting Advances; and Hazardous Waste as a Recycling Opportunity.
CWRE 2007 will also host special industry events, including the Municipal Waste Integration Networks (wmin) Annual Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo Luncheon entitled Global Players Canadian Context: How the Big Players Support Recycling; the Annual General Meeting and Cocktail Reception of Solid Waste Association of North Americas (SWANA) B.C. Chapter; the BC Trucking Associations Waste Management Divisions Annual General Meeting; and a British Columbia Environment Industry Association (BCEIA) Luncheon.
Companies will exhibit focusing on collection, hauling, processing and disposal of waste; materials recycling; municipal recycling programs including blue box programs, MRFs, scrap metals, C&D, wood, plastic, paper, auto, tires, fiber and more.
Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo, produced by Messe Frankfurt USA, is the only national tradeshow in Canada serving the waste, recycling and public works markets. Held in Toronto for the shows first six years, CWRE now alternates its location between Toronto and Vancouver, allowing vendors and buyers to meet new regional prospects. The 2007 show features 150 exhibiting companies presenting their newest innovations to an estimated 2,500 attendees from around the world. For further information, please go to www.cwre.ca
Messe Frankfurt, Inc.