When we started the first zero waste conference in 2011, we were just beginning to wrap our heads around how to reduce our waste. Early conferences were about identifying connections and talking about trash. When the idea of the circular economy first appeared in 2013, it sparked us to start rethinking waste. It was an exciting prospect that we knew would need connections and collaborations across jurisdictions, industries and supply chains.
By mid-decade, we were already seeing the potential of materials and what was happening in labs and universities. With the National Zero Waste Council joining the cause, the conference now had guidance from a national coalition of businesses and policy leaders. By 2018, policies were starting to gel and shape actions, established businesses were switching to a circular approach, and new fully circular enterprises were becoming common.
Today, we understand that the way we enact our value of materials does more than create zero waste – it supports prosperity and equity, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and can build a strong, resilient economy. Weâ€™re calling YOU to be part of this movement that is shaping and itself being shaped by the circular and zero waste journey – coming to you as a virtual experience on October 28, 2021. Register today for Metro Vancouverâ€™s Zero Waste Conference!