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.
Canada's Longest Standing Recycling Council