Tuesday, October 8, 2019

8:00 am        Bus Tours Departure and Return           
8:00 am        Beanfield Centre,100 Princes' Blvd, Suite 1, Toronto, Ontario 

6:00 pm        Welcome Gala Reception - co-hosted with CWRE    
8:00 pm        Toronto Mill Street Brew Club, 21 Tank House Lane, Toronto (ticket purchase required)    


Wednesday, October 9, 2019


8:00 am        Registration
                     Beanfield Centre, 105 Princes’ Boulevard (Exhibition Place) Toronto, Ontario, Canada

8:30 am        Opening and Welcome Address

8:45 am        Blue Skies - Over the Horizon Perspectives on the Future of Waste Management            
9:45 am        Tej Gidda, Vice President, GHD (moderator)                                                              

Dave Richmond, Regional Vice President, GFL Environmental Inc. (invited)
Mike Watt, Vice President, Walker Environmental Group
Matt Keliher, General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services, City of Toronto

Change is coming fast – this presentation will focus on the perspectives of Canadian waste sector experts  looking over the horizon at what the waste sector could look like in 5-10 years. While we tend to focus on current and short term thinking – hear a lively discussion about what we will be doing tomorrow that we are not doing today.  

9:45 am        Automation & Recovery - How New Technologies will Benefit Recycling 
10:45 am      Jake Westerhof, President, Westerview Consulting (moderator)
Panel Members to be announced

Technology is converging faster and in ways never thought possible.  "Smart" technology has been integrated into many aspects of our modern life and is now leading the development of solutions to recent recycling challenges.  The session will bring together a panel of distinguished industry experts who will engage in a robust discussion about the convergence of recycling technology and how they will address the challenges we  face today and tomorrow..

10:45 am       Refreshment Break
11:15 am       All CWRC participants are invited to visit the Poster Board Presentation Area and the CWRE Show Floor 

11:15 am       European Perspective on the Circular Economy   
12:00 pm       Speaker to be confirmed   

11:10 am       CWRE Exhibitor Visits and Poster Board Presentations
12:00 pm       All CWRC participants are invited to visit the Poster Board Presentation Area and the CWRE Show Floor

12:00 pm       Luncheon and Luncheon Speaker
1:00 pm         Buffet luncheon for all CWRC participants  ROOM 206 A & B

                      Supporting Ontario’s Transition to Individual Producer Responsibility                                                                                                  Frank Denton, CEO, Resource Recovery & Productivity Authority (RPRA)            

The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority plays a key role in implementing the government’s strategy to transition current waste diversion programs to a new system where producers are held individually responsible for the waste generated from their products and packaging. CEO Frank Denton will discuss how the Authority is supporting producers, businesses and the waste management industry to understand and comply with their new legal obligations and thrive in the new economy. 

Following the closing of the concurrent sessions, participants are encouraged to visit the CWRE Trade Show Floor – it is open until 7:00 pm


Track 1 - Food & Organic Waste Diversion

1:15 pm        Composting, Anaerobic Digestion or Landfill with Gas                                                                                            1:55 pm        Utilization – Choose Wisely                   
                     Geoff Boyd, General Manager-Organics,Walker Environmental Group Inc.                                                                                         Brandon Moffatt, VP- Development and Operations, Stormfisher Limited

Within many jurisdictions the debate still rages around the preferred approach to diverting organic waste. The options are many - aerobic composting, anaerobic digestion, bioreactor landfill gas utilization and new and emerging technologies. But how do you select the optimum approach and what factors influence that decision? Hear from a panel of sector experts that will discuss the economics, limitations, opportunities and future feedstock factors that can influence technology choices.

2:00 pm        Let’s Talk About Compostable Packaging - Panel 
2:40 pm        Chris McKillp,VP Communications, Club Coffee                                                                                                                                   Matt Keliher, General Manager of Solid Waste Management Services,City of Toronto                                                                       Mike Kopansky, Manager, Compost Facilities, Miller Waste Systems

Compostable packaging is both a challenge and opportunity in respect to protecting the environment. Brand owners are increasingly developing and introducing composable packaging and materials to the consumer marketplace. Most composable packaging is ‘certified’ by various organizations and agencies but how well do the characteristics of composable packaging align with the current technologies and processes utilised to manage organic waste. Hear from a panel of experts about the future of composable packaging, the challenges these products pose to current processing technologies and what the solutions could be.       
2:45 pm        Diminishing Returns – How Much Organics Recovery is Too Much?
3:25 pm        Paul van der Werf, President, 2CG Inc.

Diverting and processing organic materials can be costly relative to other waste management options. As we move from capturing the easiest organics material to managing the harder to collect or process materials, the costs increase. Is there a point where the cost to divert that next tonne makes it ‘a tonne to far’? Are evr higher diversion rates for organic materials worth the investment?

3:30 pm        Food and Organic Waste Disposal Bans – What Works/What Doesn’t 
4:10 pm        Brian King, Director, GFL Environmental                                                                                                                                              Jeff Traver, Miller Waste Systems, Halifax                                                       

Disposal or landfill bans have been implemented in Canadian jurisdictions in an effect to support material recycling. Ontario is considering the merits and operational challenges of a disposal ban on organic waste. Learn from the experiences in Vancouver and Halifax about what works and what doesn’t relative to disposal bans. Hear about how other experiences may inform Ontario thinking around organics.

Track 2 - Programs and Infrastructure

1:15 pm        Remediation of Historic Waste Disposal Sites for Future Development                                                                  1:55 pm        Under the RSC Process                                                                                                                                                                     Paul Dewaele, Principal, Senior Geo-Environmental Engineer,Golder Associates Ltd.                                                  

Owners of small landfill sites can consider redevelopment of the properties following removal of waste.  Three closed waste disposal sites in the County of Simcoe were remediated through removal of the waste in its entirety and the sites were returned to a condition that would allow future sales and development.  Each landfill used the Record of Site Condition (RSC) standards approach.  This presentation will review the three cases involved, identify when the RSC approach is appropriate, review the project duration and sequence of work and outline where the approach may be applicable.

2:00 pm        Case Study:  Mixed Waste Processing/Anaerobic Digestion Facility – 
2:40 pm        Region of  Durham                                                                                                                                                                              Mirka Januszkiewicz, Director of Waste Management Services, Region of Durham                                                                           Michael Cant, Principal, GHD

This presentation will look at the process involved in getting Council approval for the project and the next steps in the procurement process. 

2:45 pm        City of Toronto – Transfer Station Network Capacity Evaluation
3:25 pm         Annette Synowiec,Interim Director, Policy, Planning & Support, Solid WasteManagement Services, City of Toronto                          Charlotte Ueta, Manager Solid Waste Policy & Planning Solid Waste Management Services, City of Toronto

As part of the Dufferin Organics Processing Facility Expansion Project, GHD was retained by the City of Toronto to assess the performance of photoionization as a potential odour treatment option for use at the Dufferin facility.  Ambio Biofiltration was engaged to arrange for a demonstration-scale Neutralox photoionization unit to be installed and operated over July and August 2016 at Toronto’s Disco Road Organics Processing Facility (as the Dufferin facility was shutdown for renovations). The demonstration unit was set-up on two air streams representing a highly concentrated process air stream and a blended process and building air stream. This presentation will summarize the findings of this photoionization trial at a food waste processing facility.

3:30 pm        MYT® - A Viable Mechanical Biological Waste Treatment Technology                                                                    4:10 pm        Glen Tobiason, Quality and Environmental Management                                                                                                                     Zweckverband Abfallbehandlung Kahlenberg (ZAK) Ringsheim, Germany                                   

The challenge of an ecological and economical treatment of household waste depends not only on the make-up of the waste but also on many other factors. Local, county, State and Federal regulations, current waste management practices, cost of ownership, reuse, recycling or disposal of outputs, knowledge of “what is available out there?”, “we have garbage as well”, partial, non-complete solutions, use of best available technologies are among these. Solutions to such a challenge vary just about as much as the factors of the challenge itself!  One solution is through the implementation of the mechanical-biological treatment (MBT) process to treat household waste. This MBT process has not always been regarded as viable. A MBT process is now available as a tried and proven very adaptable and very flexible solution. MYT® or Maximum Yield Technology is such a complete method and can be designed and built to the needs, waste content and quantity, regulations, output needs etc. 

Track 3 - Recycling

1:15 pm        Challenges and Opportunities in Plastics                                                                                                             1:55 pm        Usman Valiante, Corporate Policy Group                                                                                                                                             Joe Hruska, Vice President, Sustainability, CPIA                                                                                                                                 Jay Stanford, Director, Environment, Fleet & Solid Waste, City of London

Effectively managing waste plastics has come to the forefront of the global recycling industry. Plastics can be challenging to manage from a recycling perspective and are subject to commodity market Value fluctuations. Demand for recycled plastic materials has been depressed as a result of policy-driven market inaccessibility in China and other Asian countries. Concern has increased with the persistence of single-use plastic in the environment and plastic waste in oceans around the globe have caught the attention of the general public.  Learn from sector experts about the opportunities and challenges ahead in managing plastic recycling.  


2:00 pm       Recycling Industry Mega Trends and Opportunities 
2:40 pm       Michael Zabaneh,Director, Integrated Market Development, Canada Fibers

The presentation explores the current state of the Blue Box PPP recycling industry, examining key challenges over the past few years related to incoming contamination, packaging proliferation, tightened market specifications. Where do we go from here? Canada Fibers Ltd. will share its 5-part plan to meet the challenges through technological investment, education and awareness while driving opportunities for local market development. 


2:45 pm       Reducing Material Contamination for End Markets – Investing in 
3:25 pm       Infrastructure, Technology & Processes                                                                                                                                          Gordon Day, Emterra Environmental                                                                                                                                                    Sherry Arcaro, REMM

The current and future challenges facing the processing and marketing of recyclable materials are daunting. Material contamination has closed traditional markets for recycled commodities and the need to greatly improve material processing effectiveness is key to the future. Hear from sector experts about what can be done with investment in existing material processing infrastructure and what needs to be done in terms of future facility investment. Learn about some of the incremental adjustments in processing that have helped improve material quality and at what cost. Hear about current and future recycled commodity markets and the challenges these markets will continue to place on our recycling systems.

3:30 pm       Chemical Recycling – Where is it on the Track to Commercialization?
4:10 pm       Ryan L'Abbe, Vice President Operations, Greenmantra (invited)

There is renewed interest in technologies and processes that recover value from materials in non-traditional ways. Current challenges to marketing recycled materials have moved both regulators and waste sector managers to intensify the assessment of new technologies and processes to reconsider the definition of ‘recycling’ to accommodate the value these technologies can provide. Learn about these technologies and processes and understand how recycling may be viewed differently in the future.

Thursday, October 10th, 2019


8:00 am        Registration

8:45 am        Opening and Morning Address
9:00 am        EPR Through the Looking Glass – Two Views
10:00 am      Paulina Leung,Emterra Environmental (moderator)                                                                                                                                         Chaz Miller, Miller Recycling Associates                                                                                                                                                         Usman Valiante, Corporate Policy Group

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is being advanced in many North American jurisdictions. EPR has proven to be a polarizing concept with divergent views on its effectiveness in solving perceived problems in waste management. What exactly is the problem EPR is used to solve? Is it working? There are multiple variations of EPR – which model is most successful? Are there other tools that are as effective or more so than EPR? When we consider our need to recycle, how much can be accomplished by legislative fiat versus changing social norms? Hear from two dynamic speakers and waste sector experts with divergent experiences and views around EPR as a concept and EPR successes to date.

10:00 am      Refreshment Break
10:10 am      


Following the refreshment break - all CWRC participants are invited to participate in any of the concurrent sessions.  All sessions close at 12:25 pm



2:15 pm        Honourable Jeff Yurek, Minister of Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks 

Following lunch all CWRC participants are invited to attend the CWRE show floor.

Track 4 - Organics

10:15 am      Mixed Waste Processing - What Will it Take for Success in Ontario
10:55 am      

Stagnant recycling rates and difficult to collect materials (multi-residential buildings), has intensified an interest in mixed waste processing. As with many processes, it's often a question of ‘when’ the case can be made. Technical and fiscal constraints have hampered past attempts to commercialize mixed waste processing. Are we there now when it comes to mixed waste processing? Learn about the challenges and opportunities associated with mixed waste processing from the perspectives of industry experts. Hear about what needs to happen in Ontario.


11:00 am     
11:40 am      


11:45 am    Municipal Planning – The New Roadblock for the Waste Sector
12:25 pm    Tim Murphy, Walker Environmental Group

The time and cost to obtain environmental approvals for all types of waste management infrastructure in Ontario has been a concern and focus of the waste sector for many years. The need to approve new waste management infrastructure in a timely manner has led the provincial regulators to rationalize and modernize provincial environmental approvals. These gains in time and costs have been offset by an increasingly complex, time consuming and politicised municipal planning approval process. In some cases, it now takes longer to get zoning and official plan approved then it does to obtain higher level environmental approvals from the province. Hear from industry experts how municipal planning approvals have evolved and what needs to change to build the infrastructure needed for waste disposal and all types of waste diversion and recycling.

Track 5 - Packing and Printed (PPP)

10:15 am       What Could the Municipal Blue Box System Look Like after 
10:55 am      Transition to Full EPR?                                                                                                                                                                       John Coyne, Unilever                                                                                                                                                  

As the future direction of the Blue Box system in Ontario is considered by the province, engaged stakeholders have divergent views on how to transition the existing system to a new 100% Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) framework and what the system might look like. Hear a lively discussion about the future of the Blue Box and the scenarios envisioned by key stakeholders, building upon the David Lindsay Report.

11:00 am      Waste Diversion & Resource Recovery Policy – Room for
11:40 am      Success or a Collision?                                                                                                                                                                     Peter Hargreave, President, Policy Integrity Inc.                                                                                                                                   Brad Wright, Vice President and General Manager, Covanta

Resource recovery (Energy from Waste) has been viewed differently around the world and across Canada in terms of it’s place in the waste management hierarchy and whether resource recovery should be considered as waste diversion from a policy perspective. Several jurisdictions including Ontario, are currently grappling with the issue of resource recovery relative to waste diversion. Depressed traditional commodity markets and impactful decisions from countries such as China relative too recycled materials is forming the basis for a renewed look at resource recovery policy. Hear from waste sector expert about the challenges and opportunities associated with integrating resource recovery Into waste diversion policy 


11:45 am      Avoid, Reduce and Reuse – the Front End of the Diversion System
12:25 pm     Emily Alfred, TEA

In many instances there is an over reliance on technology and processes to manage waste.  Increasingly government and other stakeholders recognize the importance of creating policy frameworks around reducing waste and reusing waste materials.  Hear from an experienced expert on how and why we need to develop a more holistic approach to avoiding waste generation and "reusing" materials before they require management in the waste system.


Track 6 - General Waste Topics

10:15 am       Lifting the Veil – Leveraging Marketing to Educate Customers & Reduce  
10:55 am       Common Problems                                                                                                                                            Jessica Shrout, Owner, Circle Three Branding Inc.                                                                                                                                        

The waste industry is suffering from avoidable public relations problems.  These problems are universal, and they increase operating costs, threaten relationships with your customers, and they feed into the suspension that the waste industry isn’t acting in the best interests of society and the environment.  this discussion, hear about some missed opportunities where strategic marketing and communication could have averted a problem, explain how we got to this state and the disconnect between the waste industry and the customer, and discuss the tactics haulers can use to lift the veil on the waste industry and educate your customers to resolve these problems.

11:00 am       Can Artificial Intelligence Technology Decrease the Cost of Curbside
11:40 am       Waste Collection?                                                                                                                                                                                Leo van Kampen, President and Chief Technical Officer, Eagle Vision Systems

In North America, with the requirements for separate waste, recycle and compost streams, there are well over 15 million municipal curbside waste pick-ups made per day. There is continuous pressure to reduce the cost of waste collection and increase safety.   The past 15 years has seen the adoption of a robotic arm on a side loader refuse truck, eliminating the need for two people on a truck along with the health and the safety issues associated with manual collection of waste. Though collection cycle time and training costs increased, there is an overall net benefit, and we continue to see growth in the application of these robotic arms systems. Advances in AI (Artificial Intelligence) for vision recognition and robotics offers the opportunity to decrease collection cycle times and further improve health and safety by fully automating the robotic arm functions.  This presentation will provide an overview of the challenges in applying AI vision recognition technology to identify curbside waste carts. Data and video from municipalities documenting the identification and location of waste carts, along with the challenges and limitations will be discussed.  The opportunities and challenges to decrease cycle time and simplify operator control of the robotic arm once a cart has been identified by an AI vision recognition system. These factors include automating the movement of the robotic arm, user interface and safety considerations. Data and video from municipal trials will be presented.


11:45 am      Deposit Return Systems
12:25 pm      Peter Hargreave, President Policy Integrity Inc.

Deposit-Return systems for beverage containers and other materials have been successfully implemented in many jurisdictions. The European experience has been particularly positive with deposit - returned systems contributing too high waste diversion rates. Few jurisdictions however, have a common collection system like Ontario's Blue Box that is dependent on container collection and economics. Learn about deposit return systems - the positives and the negatives - and what implications implementing a deposit return system could have on waste diversion rates and the future of the Blue Box system specifically. European and Canadian Experience – would it work in Ontario – implications?

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