Closing the loop in a circular economy leads to a realization. Achieving a future without waste demands we recognize the interconnectedness of our efforts across disciplines. At Metro Vancouver’s 2016 Zero Waste Conference we will be looking at zero waste through the lens of four distinct sessions. This comprehensive approach not only promises ‘something for everyone’ – it also offers delegates a unique opportunity to understand how zero waste principles depend on holistic solutions.
With its global presence, Walmart has influence. When companies of this size leverage their market power in support of zero waste, you can be sure it has an impact. When it comes to adopting a circular economy approach, what can we learn from one of the biggest retailers in the world? Andrew Telfer, Walmart Canada’s Manager of Sustainability joins the 2015 Zero Waste Conference as a panellist for our morning SPARK session: Inglorious Food: Squeezing Waste Out of Food Supply. Find out how Walmart is addressing food waste through initiatives such as support for uniform date labelling, food donation programs, and sustainable agricultural practices. The insights will be of value to any business, regardless of size.
Is there a business case for zero waste? Tetra Pak, one of the world’s largest suppliers of recyclable food packaging thinks so. Elisabeth Comere, Director for Environment & Government Affairs, Tetra Pak US & Canada, is coming to #ZWCX2015 and bringing valuable insights from a company with sustainability as a guiding principle and ambitious goals for their supply chain.
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.
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, Japanese, Mandarin, 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.