The 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference takes place on November 1. This year’s theme is ‘A Circular Economy Within Reach.’ Important issues such as ocean plastics, textiles, business and innovation, and circular cities are on this year’s agenda, along with keynote addresses by scientist and retired NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and food waste pioneer Tristram Stuart. Here’s a preview of what you can expect:
It’s hard to miss the impact of plastic pollution; especially in our oceans. Whether it’s social media posts, ominous news stories, or documentaries such as A Plastic Ocean, we are awash in images of polluted seas, littered beaches, and struggling marine and bird life. At first glance, it all seems quite overwhelming. At the 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference, we’ll be offering ideas and inspiration – from people who offer solutions.
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.
It’s a startling, sobering statistic; that in the first ten years of the 21st century, more plastic has been produced than during the entire 20th century. This useful, adaptable material has become a mainstay of the modern world. But plastic waste can be found everywhere from the bottom of the ocean to the highest mountain peaks. For ZWC 2017 speaker Richard C. Thompson, the benefits plastic can offer are undisputed. However, he’s committed to helping the world understand plastics come with a cost that cannot be overlooked.
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.
Mike Biddle, Founder of MBA Polymers calls plastic waste the last frontier in recycling. He knows the challenges and opportunities to be mined from complex waste streams.
Plastic. It’s an integral part of our modern world. And more and more is recovered and recycled every year, as its impact on the environment and its value as a resource become more widely known. But, the vast majority still remains in the garbage, or becomes litter in our communities and a toxic health hazard in our waterways. Leading the shift toward greater sustainability in the plastics realm are the three panelists for this wide-ranging discussion regarding plastics and the circular economy.
Moderated by Christina Seidel – Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Alberta, the Plastics in Focus panel features Germain Archambault – President of the Lavergne Group, Toby Reid – CEO of Solegear Bioplastics, and Mike Biddle – founder of MBA Polymers. Their expertise and experience provides valuable insights into the current state of plastics recycling and the future possibilities that are possible when zero waste principles are brought to bear on this ubiquitous material.