At its 2005 Annual Conference in June, the Municipal Waste Integration Network (MWIN) presented Solid Waste & Recycling magazine editor Guy Crittenden with the award "Waste Management Professional of the Year."
The association’s newly-minted annual award recognizes the dedication and contribution to the waste management industry of an individual over the previous twelve months.
"Guy developed the unique Waste Game for us to play at the 2004 and 2005 MWIN conferences," said association President Pam Russell when presenting the award, "and has helped facilitate meetings between MWIN and other associations to encourage greater cooperation so we can all be more effective and better represent the viewpoints of our industry to government."
This year’s MWIN conference was held at the historic Walper Hotel in Kitchener, Ontario. Highlights included a keynote presentation by Ontario Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller who welcomed more submissions from the industry in support of his holding the government to account on waste diversion and other initiatives. The first day also featured an interesting "open space" forum in which delegates determined their own topics, then broke into small working groups to discuss them. This produced a position paper that will be submitted to Ontario’s environment minister.
The conference ended with a lively panel discussion (informally called the "bear pit") entitled "The Deposit/Refund Debate: It’s Different This Time." Moderator Guy Crittenden led the debate between panelists John Mullinder (PPEC), Mark McKenney (MGM Management) and Usman Valiante (Corporate Policy Group, LLP).
Interestingly, a show of hands from the audience indicated that in excess of 90 per cent of delegates would support deposits for used beverage containers in conjunction with sustainable curbside recycling.
Learn more about next year’s MWIN event by visiting www.mwin.org