#ZWC2015 – Wayne Davis and Harvest Power – Finding Value in Organic Waste

An anaerobic digester at Harvest Power's Richmond BC facility.

An anaerobic digester at Harvest Power’s Richmond BC facility.

Harvest Power turns food scraps and organic waste into biofuel and compost at facilities across North America – harnessing the opportunities at the intersection of waste, energy, and agriculture. We are pleased to have Wayne Davis, one of the co-founders of the company, at this year’s Zero Waste Conference (#ZWC2015) as a panelist for our afternoon session on materials innovation.

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Tackling the Scraps – Metro Vancouver Bans Organic Waste from Landfill

As the event organizer for the annual Zero Waste Conference, the Metro Vancouver regional district showcases leading examples of waste reduction, recycling, and sustainability initiatives from around the world. In 2015, Metro Vancouver hopes to solidify its own reputation as a jurisdiction committed to zero waste principles, with a ban on food scraps and organic waste entering the landfill. While many municipalities in the region have already instituted similar rules for single family homes, this new set of regulations brings the program to a wider base, incorporating public facilities, restaurants, and other businesses into the program.

To facilitate a smooth transition, a short video was created to provide an overview of the new rules. It is also offered in alternate languages (French, JapaneseMandarin, Punjabi, and Tagalog), to aid the restaurant industry in particular, where many workers do not have English as their first language. These communications efforts make it possible to leverage the power of online media and social sharing to reach a wide audience, with the goal of educating both industry and individuals about the new rules and the rationale behind them.

For additional information and background on the organic waste ban, visit the Metro Vancouver Organics Disposal Ban web page.

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