Divert NS has a history of bringing together key stakeholders look at new opportunities for waste diversion. Our summits have been a successful catalyst for change in our province.
Food Waste Summit
On March 2, Divert NS hosted a Food Waste Summit to increase awareness of the impacts of food waste and to profile initiatives that retailers, institutions and community groups are undertaking to reduce food waste in Nova Scotia and across Canada.
The one-day summit was attended by representatives from retail, academic institutions, the National Zero Waste Council, community groups, and provincial, municipal and federal governments.
- An Overview of Food Waste in Canada, Malcolm Brodie, National Zero Waste Council
- Retail Perspectives on Food Waste: Andrew Telfer, Walmart Canada and Cynthia Thompson, Sobeys
- Institutional Efforts to Reduce Food Waste: Jodie Noiles, Acadia University, and Jana Vodicka, Chartwells, Compass Group Canada
- Community Solutions to Food Waste: Nick Jennery, FEED Nova Scotia, and Laurel Schut and Lindsay Clowes, FOUND Forgotten Food
The event wrapped up with a stakeholder engagement session on the National Food Waste Reduction Strategy, led by Andrew Marr from the National Zero Waste Council Food Waste Working Group. Participants discussed Canada’s National Zero Waste Council’s multi-year, comprehensive strategy focused on:
- Reducing greenhouse gases
- Promoting innovation and clean technology
- Lowering garbage disposal costs
- Building community resiliency by increasing family access to foodstuffs
- Engaging Canadians to become part of the solution.
Photos from the event are available here. (Note: Photos are copyright Divert NS 2017. If you download and share photos, please credit Divert NS.)
The summit was presented in partnership with Walmart Canada and Nova Scotia Environment, with hosting and facilitation by NATIONAL Public Relations.
Circular Economy Summit
Divert NS, in partnership with Nova Scotia Environment, hosted a one day summit to bring together key stakeholders to discuss the Circular Economy. The goal of the event was to raise awareness about the circular economy, learn how it is advancing in other parts of Canada and abroad, and to determine how Nova Scotia might find opportunity by connecting to this concept. The Summit highlighted several Nova Scotia businesses that demonstrate the circular economy through their existing business models. The Summit also highlighted research being done within government and also at a local university, and explored the benefits of the sharing economy. Almost 80 people attended the Circular Economy Summit, representing a wide variety of organizations, including provincial and municipal governments, university and academic institutions, private businesses, non-profits, and reuse organizations.
- Circular Economy Overview & Highlights Across Canada by Christina Seidel, National Zero Waste Council
- Nova Scotia Perspective on the Circular Economy by Ray Côté, Professor Emeritus, Dalhousie University
- Circular Economy Research Highlights: the Verschuren Centre by Andrew Swanson, Verschuren Centre, Cape Breton University
- Feedstock Potential from Agricultural Waste Streams and Crops by Jeff Wentzell, Nova Scotia Agriculture
- The Circular Economy and CarShare Atlantic by Pam Cooley, CarShare Atlantic
- The Role of an Auto Recycler in North America by Andrew MacDonald, Auto Recyclers Association of Atlantic Canada
- The Circular Economy and Value Village by Tony Shumpert, VP Supply Operations, Value Village
- Economic Benefits of the Sharing Economy by Fred Morley, Chief Economist, Nova Scotia Tourism Agency
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Summit
In partnership with Nova Scotia Environment, Divert NS hosted a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Summit to bring key stakeholders together to facilitate discussion on how to increase efficiency and improve operations at HHW facilities. During the morning presentations, stakeholders shared their best practices for managing HHW, and the afternoon session highlighted EPR Programs for HHW that exist in other provinces.
- Aersol and Paint Recycling by Brenda Rioux, Cumberland Joint Services
- Management of Batteries by Darlyne Proctor, Municipality of Colchester
- Efficiency Nova Scotia's Mercury Collection Program by Jennifer Court, Scout Environmental
- HHW EPR Programs Across Canada by Mannie Cheung, Product Care Association
- HHW Management in Nova Scotia by Bob Kenney, Nova Scotia Environment
- Mobile HHW Depot by Susan MacDonald, Pictou County Solid Waste
- Propane Cylinder Recycling by Andrew Garrett, Valley Waste Resource Management
Printed Paper & Packaging Stewardship Summit
Divert NS in partnership with Nova Scotia Environment and the Waste Resource Association of Nova Scotia (WRANS) hosted a Printed Paper & Packaging Summit to inform municipal stakeholders about programs in other parts of Canada, and initiate discussion on the challenges and opportunities related to a future printed paper and packaging program in Nova Scotia.
- Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship: Nova Scotia Perspective by Nicole Warren, Nova Scotia Environment
- Proposed Packaging and Paper Framework for Atlantic Canada by Duncan Bury, Duncan Bury Consulting
- Printed Paper & Packaging Program: Implementation Considerations by Glenda Gies, Glenda Gies and Associates
- Funding Approaches in Canadian Printed Paper & Packaging Stewardship Programs by Guy Perry, Guy Perry and Associates
- Regional District of Mount Waddington & Printed Paper and Packaging Stewardship by Patrick Donaghy, Regional District of Mount Waddington, British Columbia
- Winnipeg Recycles by Darryl Drohomerski, City of Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Framework and Implementation Plan for Waste Packaging and Paper Stewardship Program Across Atlantic Canada: Framework and Proposed Implementation Plan by Giroux Environmental Consulting, in association with Duncan Bury Consulting and Gardner Pinfold Consulting Economists Inc.
- Framework and Implementation Plan for Waste Packaging and Paper Stewardship Program Across Atlantic Canada: Jurisdictional Review by Giroux Environmental Consulting, in association with Duncan Bury Consulting and Gardner Pinfold Consulting Economists Inc.