2013 Proceedings – The Greatest Recycling Show on Earth

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Proceedings by Speaker

Wednesday, October 2

9:00 am – 1:00 pm ACEE Waste Education Community of Practice meeting
If you’re interested in discussing current waste education topics, finding out how others are making a difference and exploring solutions to current waste education issues, join ACEE at this meeting!
9:30 am Home on the Driving Range Golf Tournament
Located just minutes south of Calgary, The D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club is a pristine 18-hole public course with a balanced design in harmony with the tree-lined ravines, escarpments, slopes and water – a style and presence of national stature with unending challenges. In January of 2013, D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club achieved designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. This program, administered by Audubon International, is designed to help landowners and managers preserve and enhance the environmental quality of their property. D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club is also committed to an 80% recycling program for all departments.
Dress code enforced – no blue jeans or metal spikes.
10:00 am Conference Registration / Welcoming Refreshments
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
(buses leave from The Fairmont Palliser)
Wild West TOURS:
ECCO Recycling & Energy Corporation MRF
ECCO Recycling has just built the most advanced Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in North America. Designed to process in excess of 200,000 tonnes of construction and demolition debris annually, it is currently in the commissioning stage running at partial capacity. With this MRF, ECCO Recycling will be a big part of Calgary’s 80/20 by 2020 recycling program.

DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd
DIRTT stands for Doing It Right This Time. The company is ‘Doing It Right’ by minimizing construction waste, transportation pollution and real estate sprawl. DIRTT is a custom prefab construction company. The factory tour will include a demonstration of real-time, interactive 3D software used by DIRTT clients to design their space and actually manufacture the elements to build it. DIRTT’s mission is to help clients reduce waste and energy and reuse their interior spaces for a long lifecycle. They say, “Why make waste at all?” Yet, on the factory tour you will see how DIRTT diverts 98% of its waste (which is minimal to begin with) from landfill.
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm PLENARY: New Frontiers
This session looks at emerging issues and technologies, from China’s Green Fence policy to solar energy to reducing waste in the construction industry.
Moderator: Maegan Lukian (Edmonton Public School Board)

  • John-David Hutchison (Construction Resource Initiatives Council) – Zero Waste: You Can IF You Plan
  • Rob Harris (ENMAX Corporation) – After the Sun Has Set
  • Grant Cameron (Alberta Plastics Recycling Association) – Developments in Plastics Recycling

7:00 pm Stampede on In: Merlin Plastics Welcome Reception

Thursday, October 3

7:45 am – 8:15 am Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments
8:15 am Welcome
-Sharon Howland (RCA President)
-Message from Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
8:30 am – 10:30 am PLENARY: Down the Trail Towards Waste Reduction
Setting the stage with an assessment of the current waste landscape in Canada through the vision of municipalities and waste management facilities, this session will provide the foundation for an exciting and inspiring conference.
Moderator: Leah Seabrook (Strathcona County)

  • Glen Hodgson (Conference Board of Canada) – How Canada Performs: The Conference Board’s Report Card on Canada
  • Pierre Breau (Beaver Municipal Solutions) – Our Changing Approach to a World of Recycling (aka How A Landfill Grows Up)
  • Dave Griffiths (City of Calgary) – 80/20 by 2020 Vision

10:30 am Welcome to Calgary – Mayor Naheed Nenshi
10:45 am – 11:15 am Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments
11:15 am – 12:00 pm OPENING KEYNOTE: Mark Lichtenstein (Center for Sustainable Community Solutions) – Embrace Impatience: Accelerating New Approaches to the Problem of Discarded Materials
Moderator: Skip Kerr (MCL Waste Systems & Environmental)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch and Recycling Council of Alberta AGM
Featuring RCA Patron Awards
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm CONCURRENT SESSION: Wrangling Waste Measurement
Successful waste reduction requires ongoing measurement to monitor program success, however, tracking results is often an afterthought. This session tackles this challenging topic.
Moderator: Jennifer Martin (Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development)

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm CONCURRENT SESSION: Rounding up the Posse – Social Marketing
Social marketing is increasingly being recognized as a critical element in the success of environmental programs that rely on public participation and behaviour change. This session looks at the opportunities to improve education and promotion efforts through social marketing techniques.
Moderator: Stacey Schaub-Szabo (S-Cubed Environmental)

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm CONCURRENT SESSION: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Organics
Organics remain one of the largest untapped resources in the waste stream, offering a very significant opportunity to individuals, municipalities, and businesses to remove this material from the waste stream, while gaining a valuable natural soil nutrient. This session provides an overview of some of the strategies to improve our utilization of organics.
Moderator: Kirstin Castro-Wunsch (Cleanit Greenit Composting System)

  • Grant Clark (McGill University) – Composting: Organic Residuals Management and the Nutrient Challenge
  • Lindsay Lofthouse (City of Calgary) – City of Calgary’s Green Cart Pilot
  • Richard Coleman (Town of Vegreville) – An Innovative Approach to Composting in a Small Town

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm CONCURRENT SESSION: Barn Dances to Rodeos: Special Events Recycling
This session looks at the opportunities to reduce the waste produced at public events, from sporting venues to festivals and fairs, as well as the unforseen waste results from disasters.
Moderator: Sam Esmaili (Recycling Product News)

  • Christopher Dunlap (Calgary Folk Music Festival) – Calgary Folk Fest Eco-Initiatives Program
  • Kevin Mulligan (Calgary Stampede) – Waste Reduction at the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth
  • Dan Zembal (Alberta Waste and Recycling) and Peter McDowell (Town of High River) – Hell and High Water: Managing Disaster Waste

6:30 pm Saloon Reception
7:00 pm BBQ and Barn Dance

2013 Rs of Excellence Awards
Sponsor Tribute

MC: Donovan Workun
Dance the night away to the award-winning music of PEAR

Friday, October 4

8:00 am – 9:00 am Pancake Breakfast & Exhibit Viewing
9:00 am – 10:30 am PLENARY: Not Reinventing the Wagon Wheel – Success Stories
We can learn a lot from the experiences of others, and this session aims to do just that, by featuring a number of successful initiatives that we can aim to emulate in our own programs.
Moderator: Katrina Donner (City of Edmonton)

  • Rachel Hering (CTRA – Cooperative Teamwork and Recycling Assistance) – Big Recycling Efforts in Small Communities
  • Olena Olafson (CBE) – Waste Reduction at the Calgary Board of Education
  • Patrick Kane (Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development) – Alberta’s Proposed EPR Regulation

10:30 am – 11:00 am Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments
11:00 am – 12:00 pm CLOSING KEYNOTE: Helmi Ansari (PepsiCo Foods Canada) – The Sustainability Journey at PepsiCo Foods Canada
Moderator: Dick Ebersohn (City of Calgary)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Working Lunch