Committees & Caucuses

Safety & Transportation Committee

The Safety & Transportation committee mandate includes all issues related to waste sector worker health and safety. The committee’s mandate extends to health & safety issues in all areas of the waste sector – vehicles, material processing facilities, transfer stations and disposal facilities. A primary committee function is to review and comment on health & safety and transportation regulatory initiatives (federal, provincial and municipal) and to organize and administer the OWMA/MTO liaison committee meetings. Over the last year, the committee has focused on concerns relating to CVOR guidelines, ergonomics, CMV fee increases, CB exemption rule extension and the proposed Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) for Waste Transportation & Collection.

Waste Diversion & Recycling Committee

The Waste Diversion & Recycling committee mandate is to review, comment and make recommendations on policy and regulatory initiatives (federal, provincial and municipal) related to all aspects of materials diversion – collection, transfer and processing. The committee functions include the development of strategic directions related to waste diversion in both the residential and IC & I waste streams. Attention is focused on the broader waste diversion framework rather than technical issues with specific materials. Material markets, pro-active policy positions and diversion facility and personnel standards are part of the mandate. Over the next year, the committee will be developing policy positions on EPR/IPR, landfill levies & disposal bans, the role of municipalities, and recycling standards.

Waste Diversion & Recycling Subcommittees

Several waste diversion Caucuses also work on material specific and technical issues. Their mandates are very broad in terms of advocating legislative, regulatory and policy issues that impact on the management of specific material. The caucus function is to review, comment and make recommendations on their specific waste stream and related regulatory initiatives (federal, provincial and municipal levels) of interest to OWMA members. The caucus compiles information and data related to collection, transfer, recycling, recovery, reuse, incineration and disposal in Ontario and works proactively with the Waste Diversion & Recycling Committee to coordinate efforts. These subcommittees include:
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Construction & Demolition
  • Waste Electronics & Electrical Equipment
  • Printed Paper & Packaging
  • Used Tires
  • Soils

Waste Transfer & Disposal Committee

The Waste Transfer & Disposal committee has a primary focus of reviewing, assessing and providing recommendations on waste disposal and related regulatory initiatives (federal, provincial and municipal) including green energy (landfill gas) and waste export. The committee also identifies proactive waste sector initiatives, programs (including benchmarking and data collection) and regulatory needs related to disposal and transfer approvals and operation. The committee also identifies and develops pro-active media, public and government communications programs.

Organics Diversion Committee

The Organics Diversion committee focuses on assessing and providing recommendations on organics diversion, composting and related regulatory initiatives (federal, provincial and municipal). The committee develops recommendations on MOE facility approvals, system design, operations and compliance issues. The committee also identifies proactive waste sector initiatives, programs (including benchmarking and data collection) and regulatory needs related to organics collection, processing and compost marketing. The committee develops pro-active media, public and government communications programs.

Resource Recovery Committee

The Resource Recovery committee has a primary focus of reviewing, assessing and providing recommendations on Energy-From-Waste (EFW), Waste-Derived-Fuel (WDF) and related regulatory initiatives (federal, provincial and municipal) including green energy (landfill gas) and waste export. The committee also identifies proactive waste sector initiatives, programs (including benchmarking and data collection) and regulatory needs related to EFW & WDF facility approvals and operation. The committee also identifies and develops pro-active media, public and government communications programs in support of EFW & WDF.

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