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.
On June 9, 2016 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. More details about the workshop can be found on the mobilize page. Invitees can participate in person or online via webninar software. Webinar participants are free to simply view any or all of the proceedings from their office. Invitations have been sent out already. If you would like to participate and have not been sent an invite please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The data from waves 1 and 2 of the survey for study 2 will soon appear in the journal Waste Management. The highlights of the paper are as follows:
A third wave of our survey has been mailed out to track longitudinal views on WtE, diversion and waste facilities. London, ON was added as a study community - they contrast the other communities by not having a greenbin program, so residents there may have a unique perspective.
On Sept. 30 Yvonne and Jennifer attended the Energy from Waste - Waste Management Advisory Committee (EFW-WMAC) to learn more about facility governance. The EFW-WMAC was established to satisfy the Host Community Agreement with the Municipality of Clarington and the Commissioner & Medical Officer of Health’s Report 2009-COW-01 obligations. En route they took some photos of the facility - these can be viewed in the photo gallery
In June Yvonne also attended a public information session in Brampton for PERC (Peel Energy Recovery Center) which is currently at the proposal stage.
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. The goal is to understand the effect that waste-to-energy (WTE) may have on people’s waste diversion attitudes (i.e. reducing, reusing, and recycling) as well as general attitudes towards WTE facilities and landfill. We are in the process of analyzing the results and will post some graphics here in the coming months. A copy of the questionnaire is here: (questionnaire).
Virginia and Jamie participated in the Solid Waste Management Partnerships Workshop hosted by the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy. Though waste to energy (energy from waste) was high on the agenda, there were wide ranging discussions about waste as a resource - e.g., engineering solutions to obtaining other resources from waste including metals.
The research team paid a visit to the Alltreat composting facility in Arthur Ontario.
Yvonne Ho joins the research team. She will be conducting a survey based study for her 4th year undergraduate Environmental Science thesis.
Yvonne, Virginia and Jamie visit Toronto’s Greenbin facility and the Algonquin Power waste to energy facility in Brampton.
Yvonne R. has begun fieldwork for her PhD conducting face-to-face in-depth interview with waste policy stakeholders.