June 5, 2019 Resource Recovery Partnership Webinar
Advanced Resource Recovery in Action:
Can Circular Economy,
Mechanical Recycling and
New Treatment Technologies
Merge to Achieve Zero Waste?
June 5, 2019 | 1:30 pm EST
Advanced recovery technologies offer the ability to recover and recycle many materials commonly sent to landfill today.
These powerful technologies are being increasingly integrated in waste recovery systems around the world to boost diversion on the way to achieving zero waste and circular economy goals. We may have already reached ‘peak challenge’ in the range of materials destined for mechanical recycling.
Innovative and complex materials, that bring societal benefits and waste reduction, comprise many of today’s products and packaging that typically can’t be easily recovered in mechanical systems – at least not yet.
Some estimate that nearly 50% of the waste generated in the residential sector will remain headed for landfill disposal even after expanded recycling and organic source separation systems are implemented.
Now is the time to look at new systems and technologies to consider their potential for wider use throughout Canada!
Without moving from your office chair, you’ll find out more about developments that matter to recycling programs across the country:
1. Flexible Plastic Packaging – does it belong in a MRF?
Flexible plastic packaging (FPP) such as polyethylene films; laminates, including grocery bags; product overwraps; and similar materials like pouches are being recycled in an industry-funded operational pilot Material Recovery for the Future (MRFF) in a Pennsylvania single stream curbside program.
The project is examining the technical and economic feasibility of recycling and recovering these materials while improving the overall efficiency and quality of all plastic materials and paper sorted in a Material Recycling Facility (MRF).
Sarah Lindsay, Manager of Public Outreach for the American Chemistry Council has been instrumental in the MRFF project design and implementation since inception. Sarah will bring us up to date on the latest findings and results from this innovative and important project.
2. In the Know – 13 leading technologies that recycle new materials in programs worldwide.
Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) is the non-profit organization that represents companies that put containers, packaging and printed matter on the market and finance municipal curbside recycling services in Quebec.
Recently, with its French partner Citeo, ÉEQ hosted a joint meeting at a conference in France to discuss 13 prominent chemical and molecular recycling technologies within the framework of advanced resource recovery.
Pierre Benebidès, ÉEQ’s materials and market development advisor will share his insights and key findings from this conference.
Who should participate in this webinar?
If you have any interest in resource recovery systems and how they can contribute to zero waste goals, you won’t want to miss this webinar. Recyclers, academics, policy-makers, government staff – if you’re involved in the business of recycling or you’re simply interested in its future and how to chart the continuing path to zero waste, this is a conversation you won’t want to miss!
Continuing the conversation
For the past five years, the Resource Recovery Partnership (RRP) has hosted annual and semi-annual events to bring together experts that can best contribute to achieving zero waste across Canada.
Our most recent webinar (in December 2018) asked “ Does a Sustainable Economy Include Advanced Resource and Energy Recovery?” and engaged 150 + stakeholders in the discussion. This June 5 webinar continues the conversation.
Following this, we’re planning for a full day conference in Toronto on September 19, 2019 featuring international speakers discussing policies, technologies and Cross Canada highlights of leading zero waste proponents. Mark your calendar today to join us and we’ll send your personal invitation this summer.
If you have questions or need more information now, please email Fergal McDonough.
To promote the development of sound public policy across Canada that recognizes resource recovery technologies as high valued options for the end‐of‐life use of waste resources and non‐recycled and non-composted materials and their essential role in achieving zero waste and a sustainable economy.
September 19, 2019 Resource Recovery Partnership Conference & Webcast
Registration opens in Spring 2019; details to come