November 3, the second day of the annual MARR forum in Winnipeg was full of information.
The theme of the conference was the circular economy. After video greetings from the minister of Conservation and Climate Sarah Guillemard, the forum moderator described how the circular economy is moving away from the current straight-line economy of ‘make, use, throw away’, to one where recovering, reusing, and recycling things will be the priority.
Presenters from the government of Manitoba brought information about their current review of waste management and recycling programs in Manitoba to the whole group before two smaller group sessions in the morning.
There were two choices for each time slot for breakout sessions.
The new fully automated recycling sorting facility operated by GFL in Winnipeg gave a virtual tour.
Information about the operation of the RM of Rockwood transfer station and the SWAMP regional waste management site that is shared by Winkler, Morden and the RM of Stanley was available in another session.
Other presentations focused on cardboard recycling and the mattress recycling program at Mother Earth.
The afternoon began with information from Environment and Climate Change Canada about their plans for single use plastics ban and from a plastics recycling plant in Ontario operated by EFS Plastics.
The smaller sessions were focused on hauling recyclables including batteries, electronics, hazardous waste out of winter road communities, composting, its value and how it works, and recycling large appliances including those with refrigerant.
There were many interesting bits of information that will be shared in the next column.
Much of this information will be presented again as webinars on December 7 and 14 for anyone who is interested. Contact the Recycling Centre for more information.