Details on RCO events on waste reduction and the circular economy
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Knowledge Sessions 2017
Beanfield Centre, Toronto
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Accelerating Circular Economic Behaviour and Waste Reduction in the
IC&I Sector

Waste reduction is a key performance indicator for environmental performance and facility management efficiency. Given the direct links between waste elimination, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and growing policy interest in advancing Canada's circular economy, there are exciting opportunities to rethink procurement practices, on-site operations, and customer and vendor relations. 

That's why Recycling Council of Ontario convened an Advisory Committee   made up of leading organizations that own and manage significant real estate portfolios in Canada to acquire further insight on the opportunities and barriers to improve waste reduction and advance circular economy practices in the IC&I sector.
Advisory Committee 

Through discussion and deliberation the Advisory Committee identified areas of interest that will form the basis of the Knowledge Sessions:  Accelerating Circular Economic Behaviour and Waste Reduction in the  IC&I Sector.

Knowledge Sessions Speakers 
(with more to be announced)   

RCO Member Rate: $300

Non-Member Rate (early bird to May 25): $375
Non-Member Rate (May 26 - June 6): $425

Event Location: Beanfield Centre
Space is limited

Knowledge Sessions Panels

Regulatory Landscapes
At all levels of government, policymakers are shifting their attention to regulation that supports the circular economy and specifically targeting improvements in waste reduction in the IC&I sector. However, waste policies developed at all levels of government vary, may be contradictory, or lead to unintended consequences. When IC&I generators manage several properties in multiple cities, regulatory variances can lead to necessary operational changes, unanticipated costs, and broadened requirements for tracking and reporting performance.  Regulatory Landscapes will focus on established and trending policy approaches, objectives, and outcomes from the perspectives of policymakers that develop them and IC&I generators obligated to follow them.   
Measuring Waste: Tracking and Reporting Performance 

Waste reduction is a key performance indicator when measuring environmental performance and cost. However, in the absence of standard definitions for key measurements – e.g., diversion rate, recycling rate – clarity on management approaches to properly and accurately measure performance is critical to ongoing improvement. Measuring Waste: Tracking and Reporting will focus on best practices, recent changes and future developments of various tools and resources available in the marketplace, and how the IC&I sector is addressing this important function.

Organics comprises more than 35 per cent of the waste stream; when disposed of through typical waste channels it can contaminate other recyclable materials; and is the largest single contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the waste stream. However, when properly managed it retains value, saves money on disposal costs, and has a positive environmental outcome. That’s why improving organics management is a stated priority for the Government of Ontario in its Climate Change Action Plan and Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy. To further explore the waste stream’s management in the IC&I sector, Organics will summarize state of the organics and composting industry in Canada; profile generators focused on improving performance; and highlight barriers, opportunities, and benefits of improving organics management.  
Waste Supply Chain
The movement of material from loading dock to final disposition is fraught with uncertainty for waste generators, and co-ordination throughout the waste supply chain is critical to improving waste reduction. Collected materials are commodities, and their movement is subject to constant change as supply and demand shifts. With intermediaries that sort and broker material, it is a challenge to navigate the materials management process and integrate requirements on service providers to ensure requirements are met and reporting transparency is achieved.  Waste Supply Chain  will focus on providing direction on the waste generation, transport, and processing supply chain to improve co-ordination that promotes highest and best end use of materials and reporting accuracy.  
Keynote Speaker: Tom Kennedy
We are also pleased to welcome Tom Kennedy, Principal and Global Civil Engineering Leader for international design firm Arup. Mr. Kennedy oversees the organization’s research goals and priorities for various projects around the world, and in doing so, pursues tangible initiatives that supports circular economy principles.

Mr. Kennedy’s work can been seen around the world, including Songdo City in South Korea; aviation projects at O’Hare, John F. Kennedy, and Newark Liberty International Airports; urban project projects such as Meixi Lake in China, Bloomingdale Trail in Chicago, and Teardrop  and Wagner Parks in New York City.
Who Should Attend

  • Public and private sector procurement specialists
  • Waste management professionals
  • Manufacturers
  • Suppliers/distributors
  • Sustainability professionals
  • Strategic sourcing and supply chain stakeholders
  • Corporate social responsibility practitioners
  • Contract administrators
  • Value chain outreach / program managers
  • Public interest advocates

RCO Member Rate: $300

Non-Member Rate (early bird to May 25): $375
Non-Member Rate (May 26 - June 6): $425

Event Location: Beanfield Centre
Space is limited

Lunch Sponsor

Jo-Anne St. Godard
Executive Director
Recycling Council of Ontario
416.657.2797, ext. 3