ZWC 2017 Explores The Circular City

The most fertile ground for growing the circular economy may be found in cities. The concentration of people, resources, and ideas creates opportunities for cities to accelerate their waste reduction efforts using circular economy principles. At Metro Vancouver’s 2017 Zero Waste Conference (#ZWC2017), three key players in the circular cities arena will be sharing their expertise, delivering a potent mix of proven approaches that work and ground-breaking ideas that inspire. 

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From Waste Stream to Revenue Stream, Full Cycle Closes Loop on Food Waste

Would you like to change the world with us?

That’s the provocative question Full Cycle Bioplastics CEO Andrew Falcon puts to the audience at the end of his presentation at the 2016 New Materials and Packaging Expo. The company’s proprietary process may just deliver on that ambitious goal.

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Innovation in the Marketplace Q & A – Zero Waste Conference 2016

Innovation in the Marketplace Q+A – Zero Waste Conference 2016 from Metro Vancouver on Vimeo.

Transforming the Marketplace

In this highlight from the 2016 Zero Waste Conference, five business pioneers share their stories in a TEDx-style session and panel. From rethinking material inputs to scaling transformative business models, learn how the circular economy is transforming the marketplace – offering opportunities to eliminate waste while enhancing competitiveness. What innovations are redefining our relationship with stuff – delivering goods and services in new and innovative ways without the waste embedded in current production and consumption patterns? What is driving businesses to innovate? How do we support innovation in the marketplace? Learn what steps they are taking to answer these challenging questions.

Video Overview

  • (1:00) How do manufacturers ‘close the loop’ on consumer goods to achieve a truly circular economy?
  • (6:45) How can Lego use it influence to change the behaviour of other toymakers and Lego’s suppliers?
  • (10:30) What do companies need from government to affect the market dynamics of zero waste efforts?
  • (16:30) Why are ‘green’ products so expensive?
  • (19:20) Does the belief that technology is the solution to waste end up reinforcing consumer apathy?
  • (24:20) What is the one piece of advice the panellists would offer to young entrepreneurs seeking opportunities with a zero waste approach?

Register Today

The shift to zero waste and circular economy principles will have impacts in all aspect of our lives. To succeed in the face of this massive, fast-approaching change, you need to stay informed. Metro Vancouver’s 2017 Zero Waste Conference is the place to get the insights you can use to adapt. This year’s theme is A Circular Economy Within Reach. The conference will be held on November 1, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Subscribe to this blog (sign up window at right) and stay up to date as we finalize an exciting list of speakers, panels, and presentations. You’ll also reap the benefits of previous conferences as we continue to share the highlights from last year’s event.  Metro Vancouver’s 2017 Zero Waste Conference is an event you don’t want to miss. We look forward to seeing you! Register Now

Shelagh Kerr – Zero Waste Conference 2016

ZWC 2016 Reuse and Repair_Shelagh Kerr from Metro Vancouver on Vimeo.

Every year the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference features compelling keynote speakers, panels, and armchair discussions – sharing their insights regarding zero waste and the circular economy. In this video highlight from the 2016 conference, Kerr outlines the current environment for electronics product recycling and reuse, highlighting the opportunities, stumbling blocks, and factors impacting repair and reuse of the ubiquitous electronic devices that can be found in throughout society.

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A Closer Look At Textile Recycling and Consumer Attitudes, Tony Shumpert – Zero Waste Conference 2016

ZWC 2016 Reuse and Repair_Tony Shumpert from Metro Vancouver on Vimeo.

Every year the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference features compelling keynote speakers, panels, and armchair discussions – sharing their insights regarding zero waste and the circular economy. In this video highlight from the 2016 conference, Tony Shumpert of Value Village offers a quick overview of the retailer’s approach and some of the findings they have made studying consumer attitudes towards textile recycling.

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From Oceans to Cities, ZWC 2017 Offers Invaluable Circular Economy Insights

The impact of plastic on our oceans is one of the key topics at ZWC 2017

The 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference promises to offer insights across the circular economy spectrum. Our sessions this year will be focusing on five key areas of zero waste innovation.

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ZWC Highlights – Clint Undseth, Circular Economy Principles In Construction

Clint Undseth, ZWC 2016 – The Built Environment from Metro Vancouver on Vimeo.

Every year the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference features compelling keynote speakers, panels, and armchair discussions – sharing their insights regarding zero waste and the circular economy. In this video highlight from the 2016 conference, Clint Undseth, Vice President, Innovation, Stuart Olson Inc. explores the issues and challenges with incorporating circular economy principles into the construction industry.

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