Is stakeholder consultation really consultation?

2012 was a big year for government initiatives in solid waste and recycling, and with each new initiative, came “stakeholder consultation.”  Looking back on the year, I am struck by the amount of time I and my staff devoted to consultation activities, and I cannot help but wonder, to what end?   A speaker I saw at a conference recently gave a simple, yet highly telling run-down of the different approaches to consultation: 1. Consultation intended to influence outcomes 2. Consultation not intended to affect outcomes (Petra Wildauer, 2012 CWMA Conference)   Irrespective of the issue or the host, I ...

Part 5 – Will Ministry of Environment Guidelines for PPP-EPR Produce the Best Plan?

To most of us keen recyclers and Zero Waste advocates, the BC Recycling Regulation is a bit of a mystery. Perhaps I should not generalize, but until recently the Recycling Regulation did not influence or participate in my day to day life as CEO of Urban Impact Recycling.  But in May of 2011, this changed.  With one pen stroke government was to become part of my everyday business life. In May of 2011 the addition of “Schedule 5” to the Recycling Regulation transferred the responsibility for dealing with residentially produced Printed Paper & Packaging from local governments to the producers.  ...

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Part 4 – Printed Paper & Packaging diversion results – are they as accurate?

MMBC consultant report published in the spring 2012 (“Current System for Managing Residential Packaging & Printed Paper”) states that there is an “estimated” 350,000 to 400,000 of residential Printed Paper & Packaging (PPP) in BC. These estimated tonnes are the denominator the consultant’s report uses for estimating current diversion rates in the province. Based on a survey that they conducted, approximately 210,700 Mt or PPP is being diverted from landfills currently. These tonnes are the numerator used. Assuming that this “survey” identified the numerator correctly, and assuming that the “estimated” denominator is correct, the report stated that the diversion results ...

Metro Vancouver’s challenge in delivering 70% diversion by 2015

Metro Vancouver handles over a million Metric Tonnes ( Mt’s ) of garbage each year at its seven regional transfer stations (The City of Vancouver operates their own garbage transfer station). 600,000 Mt of this volume is largely delivered by the haulers of the region, who are hauling for their commercial clients ( otherwise know as the Institutional, Commercial and Industrial clients or “ICI” ). For those of you that don’t know, Metro Vancouver owns the garbage transfer station infrastructure and subcontracts facility operations. Once the garbage is received it is transferred to the Burnaby Incinerator or Cache Creek Landfill. ...

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