Economic and Environmental Impacts of Extended Producer Responsibility

Two consecutive studies were completed to evaluate conomic and environmental costs and benefits that can be attributed to the implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs in B.C. These impact studies focus on EPR material categories that were operational in in 2011 and 2014 in B.C. and the materials that are planned to be managed under EPR in the future. The study assessed the implications of EPR program operation for B.C.’s economy and environment and its contribution to broader regional and global environmental issues. (Metro Vancouver, BC)

 

Economic and Environmental Impacts of Mattress Recycling

Mattresses are currently banned from all Metro Vancouver disposal facilities. This study summarized how mattresses are currently recycled in Metro Vancouver, and the environmental and financial impacts and highlighted regulated programs for mattresses elsewhere. The research helped to identify some of the challenges with the existing recycling system and presented a case for a provincial EPR program for end-of-life mattresses. This studies included impact measures such as greenhouse gas benefits, waste diversion, job creation/loss and municipal costs. (Whistler, BC)

 

Organic Waste Diversion Planning

The Fraser Valley Regional District retained Morrison Hershfield to update the economic analysis of organic management options for the region, focusing on refining the costs for options specific to the City of Chilliwack, including building a new composting facility and transfer of organics to existing nearby facilities. This project ultimately led to Morrison Hershfield’s involvement in the pre-design, design and construction QA/QC reviews for the construction of a new organics transfer station for the region. (Fraser Valley, BC)

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Circular Economy and Waste Reduction

Circular Economy and Waste Reduction

With the ever-increasing consumption in today’s society, we are inevitably generating more and more waste, much of which could have been either avoided in the first place, reused or recycled. In Canada and internationally, there is an increasing focus on finding solutions to disrupt our resource-consuming systems and work towards a circular system aligned with zero waste principles. Many communities across North America and globally have adopted zero waste principles, including Metro Vancouver and the City of Vancouver. Our team can help with various approaches to increasing your waste reductions efforts, from practical approaches to improving recycling to broader policy based reviews of Zero Waste and circular economy initiatives.

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Innovative Design for Metro Vancouver's Complex Coquitlam Transfer Station

Posted on Thursday June 13, 2019

Metro Vancouver has a vision to build a sustainable, livable region. Its Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan aims to minimize waste generation, maximize reuse, recycling and recovery material, recover energy from the waste stream.. Read More »

Morrison Hershfield Welcomes Mark Parker to our Alberta Environmental Team

Posted on Wednesday May 30, 2018

Morrison Hershfield is pleased to welcome Mark Parker, P.Eng. as our Waste Sector Lead for the Prairies. He is working out of our Edmonton office... Read More »

Landfill or Waste-to-Energy Technology? CVRD Asks “What is Best for Our Future?”

Posted on Wednesday April 18, 2018

The cost of operating landfills and the environmental concern is causing municipalities to evaluate their approach to waste management. With so many existing and emerging waste technologies, it’s a big job deciding what is the.. Read More »

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