A Future Without Waste

October 26, 2017

A Circular Economy Within reach

The 2017 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference takes place on November 1. This year’s theme is ‘A Circular Economy Within Reach.’ Important issues such as food waste, ocean plastics, textiles, business innovation, and circular cities are on this year’s agenda, along with keynote addresses by retired NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and food waste pioneer Tristram Stuart.

Featuring global circular economy thought leaders and leading best practices, this conference is a not-to-miss event for government, business, and community leaders advancing sustainability in their own organizations.

For more information and to register go to: www.zwc.ca.

About Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing. The regional district is governed by a Board of Directors of elected officials from each local authority. The City of Vancouver is one member of Metro Vancouver, but there are many more suburban cities and centers that are part of the Regional District. Our regional population is upwards of 2.5 million.

The Zero Waste Conference is the biggest annual event that Metro Vancouver hosts and is a key deliverable for the Regional District under its Solid Waste Management Plan (the Solid Waste Plan) which was enacted in 2011 and calls for a shift away from managing waste once it is created to not creating it in the first place. The Solid Waste Plan paved the way for the Zero Waste Conference, as a key platform for the discussion of new solutions and collaboration to prevent and reduce waste – and the conference is now in its seventh year. It also led to the establishment of Canada’s National Zero Waste Council.

About National Zero Waste Council

Founded in 2013, in collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the National Zero Waste Council is a unique, cross-sector, collaborative calling for a shift away from ‘managing waste’ as part of the traditional linear ‘take-make-dispose’ model of production and consumption to preventing waste in a circular economy – where materials and products circulate continuously at their highest utility and value (in alignment with the definition set by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation).