As one of our  goals is to support evidence-based decision-making we want to work with interested partners to help mobilze ReWaRP study findings.  Such findings may be useful to all stakeholders and others interested in waste-as-resource decisions.

The target audiences for this project are waste policy decision-makers and influencers (e.g., facility owners and managers, municipal government managers, local community groups, non-government organizations as well as academics involved in waste and energy resource  

The purpose of our knowledge mobilization efforts are to provide these groups with both: i) timely information about our project and; ii) facilitate meaningful exchange among these groups.  This website is part of that mobilization, to update stakeholders on our study findings and related activities.  We will be holding a workshop to bring  together research participants and other stakeholders to discuss our findings and map agendas for  future activities including social scientific research.  Please see the connect page to receive updates.

REWARP in the news

CBC News, Sept 21, 2018
Virginia MacLaren was interviewed by CBC for the article "G7 countries eye waste-to-energy incineration as part of plastic pollution solution" about plastics recovery and the Ocean Plastics Charter. The article refers to our study and publication in Waste Management, particularly the finding that 13-18% of Greater Toronto Area residents would divert less material if they knew it was going to an energy-from-waste facility.

Workshop and Webinar

Waste-to-Energy Policy and Perceptions Research Results

What: A workshop (also broadcasts as a webinar) to share our findings with stakeholders
When: Thurs. June 9, 2016 - 8:30am - 1:30pm (lunch provided)
Where: University of Toronto Campus or Webinar
Who: Those who participated in the interviews (Study 1) and other stakeholders interested in waste-to-energy in particular. We anticipate up to 30 people to participate face-to-face and the rest through the online webinar portal. If you are interested in participating, please email us.
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Please Email us if you would like a copy of any of our publications
Baxter, J., Maclaren, V., & Bayne, J. (2020) How energy from waste (EFW) facilities impact waste diversion behavior: A case study of Ontario, Canada, Resources, Conservation & Recycling, 158
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Baxter, J., Ho, Y., Rollins, Y. & Maclaren, V. (2016) Attitudes towards waste to energy facilities and impacts on diversion in Ontario, Canada, Waste Management, 50: 75-85
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Baxter, J., Ho, Y., Rollins, Y. and Maclaren, V (2016)Residents views of waste-to-energy facilities and waste diversion in Ontario, Canada, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Baxter, J., Ho, Y., Rollins, Y. & Maclaren, V. (2015) Attitudes towards waste-to-energy in Ontario, Canadian Association of Geographers Meeting, Vancouver BC

Rollins, Y. (2015)(invited) Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo | Solid Waste Management Partnerships Workshop.

Rollins, Y. (2015)(invited) Sustainable Communities Conference, Federation of Canadian Municipalities | The Two-Sided Coin: Navigating Polarized Issues (Waste Incineration)

Rollins, Y. & Taylor, J. (2015). Waste-to-energy in Ontario’s socio-technical transition. Chicago, Illinois: American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting.

Rollins, Y. (2014). Multidisciplinary reflections on waste-as-resource management. York University, Ontario: Canadian Association of Geographers Ontario Division Annual Meeting.

Rollins, Y. (2014). Energy Recovery in Ontario Municipal Solid Waste Regimes: A Preliminary Investigation. Tampa, Florida: American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting.

Rollins, Y. & Baxter, J. (2013). A Preliminary Investigation of Waste to Energy Uptake by Ontario Municipalities. St. John’s, Newfoundland: Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting.

Rollins, Y. (2013). Rubbish Realities, Perceptions of Pollution and the Waste Hierarchy. Toronto, Ontario: York University English Graduate Students Picking Through the Trash Conference.

Rollins, Y. (2013). A critical review of waste to energy technologies’ potential and realised contributions to managing waste as a sustainable energy resource in Ontario. Nottawasaga, Ontario: Ontario Network for Sustainable Energy Policy Annual Workshop.

Rollins, Y. (2012). Energy from waste?: Contributions from geographic thought to the management of municipal waste as a sustainable energy source. Scarborough, Ontario: Canadian Association of Geographers Ontario Division Annual Meeting.

Rollins, Y. (2012). Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Recover: Consequences of the ‘fourth R’ for municipal waste policy coalitions. Waterloo, Ontario: Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting.

Rollins, Y. (2012). Materiality, Morality and Municipal Waste Management. New York, New York: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting.


ReWaRP findings published in RCR Journal

People will divert less if they know their discards are going to an energy from waste facility. See the Publications secttion of the mobilize page to find a links to the article and to the paper. 08 April 2020See More

ReWaRP interviewed by CBC

The CBC interviewed Virginia Maclaren about diverting plastics and the use of waste-to-energy facilities. She cites our study findings and the Waste Management paper. See the mobilize page to find a links to the article and to the paper. 21 September 2018See More

Workshop presentation files posted The workshop was held last Thursday with 25 in-person participants and an additional 10 participating online via the webinar feed. We have posted the presentation files as pdf's, on the mobilize page 13 June 2016See More

Workshop/Webinar On June 9 we are hosting a workshop "Waste-to-Energy Policy and Perceptions Research Results" in Toronto. The goal is to bring together key stakeholders and share research findings for feedback and set an agenda for ongoing research and stakeholder interaction. Invitations have been sent out already. If you would like to participate and have not been sent an invite please email us: 19 May 2016See More

Study 2 first survey results published The data from waves 1 and 2 of the survey for study 2 will soon appear in the journal Waste Management 29 Feb 2016See More

Wave 3 of WtE survey mailed out A third wave of our survey has been mailed out to track longitudinal views on WtE, diversion and waste facilities. 13 Nov 2015See More

Researchers attend advisory committee meeting - On Sept. 30 Yvonne and Jennifer attended the Energy from Waste - Waste Management Advisory Committee (EFW-WMAC)to learn more about facility governance. 19 Oct 2014See More

Survey on waste-to-energy and diversion behaviours - This summer we sent out a postage-paid mail-back questionnaire to a random sample of residents living: i) near the Algonquin Power facility in Brampton, ii) near the Durham York Energy Centre, and iii) in Toronto. 15 Sept 2014See More

Solid Waste Management Partnerships Workshop - Virginia and Jamie participated in the Solid Waste Management Partnerships Workshop hosted by the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy. 24 June 2014See More

Alltreat farms - The research team paid a visit to the Alltreat composting facility in Arthur Ontario. 8 October 2013See More

Yvonne Ho - joins the research team. She will be conducting a survey based study for her 4th year... 5 September 2013See More

Fieldtrips – Yvonne, Virginia and Jamie visit Toronto’s Greenbin facility and the Algonquin Power waste... 24 July 2013See More

Yvonne R. has begun fieldwork for her PhD – conducting face-to-face in-depth interview with waste policy stakeholders. 2 July 2013See More