Synergy Sustainability Institute will be presenting at #RCBC2019 on their efforts to catalyze local developments towards a #CircularEconomy:
“'We are hoping this will generate some great buzz for green business on Vancouver Island and showcase what we can do when we think of waste as a resource rather than as something that ends up in a landfill,' said Jen Fraser, Project Zero’s director of development.
Project Zero, a major push from the Synergy Sustainability Institute, is about exploring what’s possible in a circular economy — one that shares more than it owns, supports products that are made and repaired locally, and in which someone’s waste is another’s resource."
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Source: Times Colonist
"A design-led circular economy approach to developing sustainable smart cities must permeate everything from city planning to procurement. Integral to this change is a shift in how city authorities view return on investment. Too often, the prime focus is placed on the initial capital expenditure and not on costs over the lifetime of the solution. Once we take into consideration wider benefits such as sustainability, efficiency and profitability, a design-led circular approach to upgrading or refurbishing buildings throughout their lifetime can achieve a better ROI, increase the value of assets, reduce operational costs and significantly reduce the consumption of natural resources."
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Source: Open Access Government
"Circularity is a hot topic nowadays — and it’s impossible to avoid. Just look at all the Loop articles and ads you’ve seen in the past month or so on circularity of consumer goods. It practically flooded the newsfeeds on sustainability for a few weeks whether you liked it or not.
But what does it mean for consumers not to have the slightest idea what circularity means?
A key point I preach all the time is that having an environmental or social mission isn’t enough. You have to be able to effectively communicate it to consumers, and that doesn’t always come easy."
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RCBC's Information Services Manager, Harvinder Aujala, is interviewed in this news story from Global News on how our province is better positioned to handle the Chinese recycling ban that has affected global recycling markets worldwide.
For the upcoming RCBC Conference, we have a full session on the achievements of Extended Producer Responsibility programs in British Columbia. The session will feature speakers from Product Care and Encorp to highlight 25 years of operating their respective programs and its positive impacts on BC's Environment.
Source: Global News
We are honoured to have two cultural ambassadors from the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre perform a traditional welcome and song to kick off this year's Conference on the Circular Economy:
Qawam (Redmond Andrews), Lil’wat Nation: Redmond is a graduate of the Aboriginal Ambassador Program and now is a Cultural Ambassador and part of the Performance Team at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Redmond is also an artisan wood carver, carving in the stylings of the Lil’wat Nation. His art can be found in private collections around the world.
Georgina Dan, Lil’wat Nation: Georgina graduated from the Aboriginal Youth Ambassador and currently works as a Cultural Ambassador and a member of the Performance Team at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Georgina has also worked as a Tour Guide and Historical Interpreter at the Pemberton Museum and has extensive knowledge of the cultural traditions and the history of the Sea to Sky corridor.
The welcoming ceremony will commence at 1:00pm on May 8 at the Westin Resort and Spa. We hope to see you there!
"Metro Vancouver takes a comprehensive look at what the region's residents are throwing out in the garbage and in street bins, and how it compares to earlier years."
This year at #RCBC2019, we'll be hosting a Town Hall to hear the voices of local government, non-profits, and businesses when it comes to solid waste management issues.
To have your voice heard as a delegate, simply fill out this five-question survey HERE. We want to know what sector you represent, if your community is primarily urban, suburban, or rural, and your top three issues in waste management.
Our hope is that by opening up the floor to discuss these issues, we can all see the challenges we’re facing collectively as a province to reduce waste, capture recyclables, and transition to a circular economy.
Don’t look now, but #RCBC2019 is only nine weeks away, from May 8-10 at the Westin Resort and Spa in Whistler. The March 29th early bird registration rate deadline is coming up fast, and special rates on accommodations are only available until April 8th. Last year some folks missed the Westin’s deadline and we had to scramble to find them rooms. So don’t wait until the last minute, because this is a RCBC conference you don’t want to miss.
Your events team has put together a full program with in-depth content, including two keynote speakers. Both speak to present economic solutions to serious waste problems we’re facing today, and into the future.
Leading off on Wednesday afternoon is Jonathan Arnold from Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. He will address waste reduction policy from an economics perspective, focusing on market instruments that could make waste systems more efficient and less costly. According to a recent study, the key to an efficient waste management system is getting incentives right and relying more on market-based policies that apply circular economy principles.
On Thursday, your keynote speaker will be Chloe Dubois, co-founder and president of the Ocean Legacy Foundation. The Foundation, an international non-profit organization based in B.C., utilizes spatial mapping, research clean-up expeditions, and plastic-to-fuel technologies to develop its world-leading marine debris solutions program. This dynamic and integrative approach combines sustainable technologies with education and skills training to give plastic waste and debris an economic value. The approach provides communities with long-term tools they need to steward their environment.
We're also celebrating a major milestone as this year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in B.C. In 1994, the Post-Consumer Paint Program Regulation initiated the creation of Canada’s first EPR program. Managed by a newly formed stewardship agency called B.C. Paint Care, today, that organization has evolved into Product Care Association, one of 16 such agencies responsible for products scheduled in the Recycling Regulation.
Returning for its second year is the B.C. Wine Wall. Last year, all 24 chances to win a great bottle of B.C. wine sold out faster than you can say "pinot auxerrois." This time, we’ve got 45 bottles of wine to celebrate RCBC’s 45 years of working towards a world without waste. So, don’t waste your chance to be in Whistler May 8-10. I hope to see you there.
"A new report from ING group says U.S. companies could unlock $4.5 trillion of additional economic output, in just 11 years, if they institute a circular economic model — one that reduces waste, relies less on raw materials, and increasingly uses recycled materials.
...The report, “Opportunity and Disruption: How Circular Thinking Could Change US Business Models,” surveyed 300 U.S. executives and found 62% plan to move their companies toward a circular economic framework and 16% already have. But the ING report finds that evolution is being done in a fragmented fashion. Most companies focus on the cost savings aspect of circular initiatives and van Riel says, '...by focusing on this benefit businesses will struggle to unlock the full value of the circular economy. Circular models have the potential to redefine businesses by creating new revenue growth opportunities.'"
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"IKEA has announced plans to start renting its furniture, as part of a move towards a circular economy that includes refurbishing and re-selling products.
The trial furniture rental scheme, due to begin in Switzerland imminently, will initially be limited to office furniture such as desks and chairs.
'We see big potential in inspiring and enabling consumers to play an active role in making the circular economy a reality, and we can facilitate that by developing new business models in relation to how they acquire, care for and pass on products,' explained an IKEA spokesperson.
...Although the trial will only include office furniture at this point, IKEA hasn't ruled out leasing rather than selling kitchens and other products in future."
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The recent announcement of Loop, a circular economy shipping platform that emphasizes reusable luxury packaging is attracting significant attention on an international level. Here's an article from Packaging Digest compiling reactions from those who work in the packaging industry:
“Imagine a world in 50 years people look back and say ‘that garbage thing was an odd idea. I’m glad we are over it.’ I LOVE the idea of moving from packaging from something someone owns to something someone borrows and returns. This could honestly revolutionize our industry.” - Adam Peek, WS Packaging Group
“Back to the future. And, premium brands are the way to do this, as they have both the margins and interested customer base to be successful.” -Robert Lilienfeld, BiologiQ
“This week, PTIS and Leading Futurists are kicking off the latest in 20 years of Future of Packaging programs, with several leading companies, including some involved in Loop. So the timing for this announcement is awesome. Whatever the outcome, Loop will look different in 2030 than it does today and will inspire new ways of thinking!" - Brian Wagner, PTIS LLC
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Canada's Longest Standing Recycling Council