The annual forum of the Manitoba Association of Regional Recyclers or MARR is this week.
This event is held in Winnipeg each year. Usually it is in October, but was delayed this year because of the municipal elections.
MARR’s membership is made up of municipalities and First Nations/Northern Affairs communities, recycling programs like the Flin Flon & District Environment Council, government and public sector agencies, recycling and waste management businesses, the Producer Responsible Organizations and other interested individuals and organizations.
MARR has been part of the recycling community in Manitoba for over twenty years. At the beginning it was a group of organizations in the province who were recycling and wanted to share information. Over the years the focus has expanded to include information about a variety of waste management issues and to include members from municipalities including Winnipeg, and other cities.
It has become more organized in the last 5 years and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2016. It is looking for a new name that better reflects this expansion.
Some of the topics on this year’s forum agenda include recycling appliances with Ozone Depleting substances, community composting, recycling promotion and changing people’s behaviour, and a panel discussion on recycling markets and the ‘China Ban’.
Several Producer Responsible Organizations including those supporting electronics and battery recycling present information sessions. Some also supply door prizes.
MARR also has a spring event in a community outside of Winnipeg which includes a tour of a waste management facility, a keynote speaker and the Annual General Meeting.
Both of these events provide a great opportunity to get information and to network with people who are doing many different things in waste management around Manitoba.