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Municipal Waste Association Fall Workshop 2021
Tuesday, October 26

Join us for our
2021 Virtual Fall Workshop!

We are excited to host our annual Fall Workshop once again for members of the MWA. This full-day event is divided into four sessions from 9:45 AM to 3:15 PM. We have invited a number of speakers from municipal, private, and non-profit sectors to present and discuss a range of topics on EPR, climate action and waste, and the direction of municipal waste programming. Register for one or all four sessions. For more information and to register, see the workshop sessions below.

The Climate-Waste Nexus: How communities are integrating climate action and waste management  
9:45 AM – 10:55 AM EST

Climate change and waste management are two important files for municipalities and their communities. In recent years, municipalities have begun planning programs and policies with a focus on integrating climate adaptation, greenhouse gas reductions, and waste management, as well as other infrastructure and public works activities. Our speakers will present their municipalities’ action plans and integrated approaches.

Jade Schofield, Project Manager
Sustainability & Climate Change
Town of Whitby

Michael Papadacos, Manager
Infrastructure Management
City of Peterborough

Carol Slaughter, Waste Management Technician
Works Department
Region of Durham

The new role of municipalities in Hazardous and Special Products (HSP)
11:00 AM – 11:55 AM EST

Under Ontario’s individual producer responsibility (IPR) regulatory framework, producers are accountable for their products and packaging. As of October 1st, HSP producers are responsible for their products designated under the HSP regulation. Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) are engaged in conversations with municipalities on delivering HSP management services. Our panel will share how their municipalities are dealing with the different PROs and agreements, how they are managing materials not designated under the regulation, and the direction and decisions they have made.

Dennis Lam, General Supervisor
Waste Diversion Operations, Solid Waste Management Services
City of Toronto

Grace McKenzie, Program Manager
Policy Research and Business Strategies
Region of Peel

D. Trevor Barton, Executive Director
Municipal Waste Association

New Materials to Manage
1:00 PM – 1:55 PM EST

As municipalities transition away from managing the Blue Box, HSP, tires, and e-waste, many are turning their attention towards materials not (yet) covered by EPR regulations. Mattresses, textiles, and other difficult to recycle products are a growing focus for many communities. Speakers will provide perspectives on these materials and how municipal programs can better manage them and keep them out of landfills.

Tonny Colyn, National Director Business Development and Sustainability – Canada
The Salvation Army Thrift Store – National Recycling Operations

Philip Zigby, Client Services and Performance Specialist
Solid Waste Resources
City of Guelph

Dave Douglas, Manager
Waste Diversion Section
City of Peterborough

The sharing city: How municipalities and local organizations can support community sharing initiatives
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM EST

One of the approaches to creating a more circular economy is transitioning from systems of ownership to systems of sharing. Supporting the growth of sharing initiatives is important for meeting waste diversion targets, conserving resources, and creating value for communities. From tool libraries to car-shares, to local container deposit systems, communities are finding new ways to share products and services for the betterment of their communities and the circular economy. Our panel will discuss what municipalities and other organizations can do to strengthen and expand the sharing economy in their communities.

Jedrek So, Senior Project Lead
Solid Waste Policy and Planning, Policy, Planning and Outreach, Solid Waste Management Services (SWMS) Division
City of Toronto

Susan Carey, Founder & Coordinator of the Tool library, and Seed Library Coordinator
Guelph Tool Library

Kate Dykman, MNRM
Manager, Solid Waste Management
City of Vaughan