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SWANA Evergreen Chapter Virtual Technical Session
February 17, 2021 at 11:00 am - 1:30 pm UTC-5
SWANA Washington Evergreen Chapter is hosting a technical training session on February 17th on the theme of Waste Solutions and Recycling in the Northwest. The technical session aims to provide learning opportunities on effective and environmentally responsive solid waste and recycling practices. Register here.
The Power of Three: Learning from Recycling Challenges Faced by Three Northwestern Local Governments
Wednesday, February 17 @ 12:00 – 12:25 p.m. PST
Many areas in British Columbia are facing challenges providing recycling options for rural populations. In this presentation, Morrison Hershfield draws on experience from three different communities that have all experienced challenges with their proximity to recycling markets and lack of access to stewardship programs. It highlights the trials and tribulations of recycling in Northwest Canada after the China Sword restrictions, and provides insights to potential solutions.
First, we will highlight some of the key challenges both financially and operationally with managing today’s recyclables by providing examples of what has worked and what hasn’t. In particular, we’ll highlight how stewardship programs have either enabled or hindered the progress. We will also highlight alternative local solutions that seek to become less vulnerable to fluctuating recycling markets.
Local governments in remote areas often have many similarities and can learn from each other on the best ways to optimize management of recyclables and achieve maximum environmental benefits without becoming a financial burden.
Presented by: Veronica Bartlett, Solid Waste Planner for Morrison Hershfield and Laura Zapotichny, Regional District Fraser-Fort George