The OWMA is pleased to be hosting an all-day event in person event to discuss and generate ideas on how to manage and divert material from landfills using a sustainable and proven technology. The all-day event will include expert speakers as well as breakout brainstorming sessions.
Assuming waste generation trends remain consistent (12-15mm tonnes generated annually), Ontario’s remaining landfill capacity of 144,476,000 tonnes is estimated to be depleted by 2034. This number assumes reliance on exportation of 30% of waste to landfills in the United States. The province is working towards a circular economy with new extended producer responsibility programs being enacted, but Ontario still needs to determine a solution for the MSW that is generated with landfills being a back-up. This heavy reliance on landfills will require either new landfills to go through the lengthy approvals process to be sited or to find alternative ways of reducing materials sent to existing landfills.
Following the ideas and discussions generated, the OWMA will present their findings and summaries of the event at the Canadian Waste to Resource Conference on April 24-26, 2022.
Larry Fedec, Solid Waste Program Lead, Canada, HDR,
Blair Shoniker, Principal/Senior Waste & Environmental Planner, GHD
Joan Prummel, Strategic Circular Economy Advisory, Rijkswaterstaat