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Waste ReForum 2020 — Rescheduled

Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council Annual Conference
September 30, October 1, 2   Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Regina

The conference theme is Brave New World: A Daring Look Into the Future, which will consider how waste reduction will change going forward—from robotics to circular processes.


Schedule --- We will try to keep the schedule as close as possible to that originally planned. Check here for updates.

Wednesday, September 30
1:00 — 4:30 The Final Frontier: Bus Tour —  Regina Landfill and SARCAN Depot/Processing Centre — Tour recent additions to the Regina landfill, including: the processing area for the food and yard waste pilot (2020), waste management facility (2019), leaf and yard waste depot (2019), landfill gas recovery facility (2017), and scale facility (2014). SARCAN is one of the most successful recycling systems in Canada with a recovery rate of 88%, diverting nearly 50 million pounds of material from landfills last year alone. One of the things that makes SARCAN so successful is their innovation and finely tuned process of collecting beverage containers from Saskatchewan residents, processing and packaging those containers and shipping them to downstream markets. This tour takes you along that journey of a beverage container: From the front doors of the collection depot all the way to preparing the containers for shipment at our processing plant and beyond!
1:00 — 4:30 The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: Walking Tour —  Sperling Silver Distillery — Sperling Silver Distillery started as Slow Food Brew Pub, which produced six varieties of beer, cider and wine. Ole Jed’s moonshine, Sperling Silver’s first signature spirit, was created to use up the unfiltered apple yeast left over from the Pub’s fermentation process.
1:30 — 4:30  The Undiscovered Country: Workshop — Creating a Zero Waste Strategy for your Community — Everyone wants a zero waste community, but the unique circumstances of each region and municipality can seem like insurmountable blockades. Join together with your fellow zero waste pioneers for a design workshop focused on identifying the unique conditions, stakeholders, barriers, and opportunities that can help us tailor the perfect strategy for your community.

Facilitator: Matt Wolsfeld is the Community Engagement Coordinator at the University of Saskatchewan’s Office of Sustainability and the creator of a Sustainable Design Thinking workshop that helps participants empathize with communities and their environment to chip away at complicated problems from the best possible leverage points.

6:00  A Space Odyssey: Opening Reception at the Saskatchewan Science Centre
              Hop the bus to base camp, gather a new crew, and prepare yourselves for a libation-fueled journey through a universe of scientific discovery. Be you a scientific explorer, a smuggler of networks and information, or just a pirate looking for adventure, this is the perfect place to get reacquainted with the interstellar waste landscape.
                        Sponsored by Sask. Association for Resource Recovery Corp.

Thursday, October 1
8:00 The Force Awakens: Breakfast
Sponsored by Canadian Plastics Industry Association

8:45 Conference Opening/Welcome

9:00 Minority Report: Keynote speaker — Linear and circular material flows and the roots of sustainabilityDarrin Qualman
DarrinDarrin will look out across 10,000 years to assemble a concrete, evidence-based definition of sustainably and reveal the perils created by the linear systems of 20th and 21st century petro-civilizations.

Darrin Qualman is the author of Civilization Critical: Energy, Food, Nature, and the Future.  He is also a Project Manager with the City of Saskatoon, working on a water conservation strategy for the city.  Darrin was a farmer and for 15 years a senior staffperson at Canada’s National Farmers Union, including several years as Director of Research.  He has degrees in biology, history, and political studies.    

10:00 Serenity: Break
Sponsored by GFL Environmental

10:30  Mythbusters: Plenary Session — Lightning Talks
              Sponsored by Call2Recycle
Speakers have five minutes and ten slides prove or disprove a common waste-related myth.

  •  Glass: It’s inert? — Chantelle Diakuw, SARCAN Recycling
  •  Compostable plastics: Solve the single-use item issue? — Naomi Mihilewicz, Green Living Blog
  •  Pay-As-You-Throw Programs: Cause More Illegal Dumping? — Daniel Mireault
  •  Environmental Handling Fees: Just another tax grab? — Ethan Richardson, SARRC
  •  Healthy Soils: The key to sustainably feeding the world? — Tannis Axten, Axten Farms
  •  Transporting Uranium Waste: On-site burial is the best option? — Tim Moulding, Ministry of Environment
  • It’s a Health Risk: Reusable containers can’t be used by public food vendors? — Kelsie Dale, Ministry of Health
  • Artificial Intelligence: Simplifying Curbside Waste Collection? — Jan d’Ailly, Eagle Vision Systems
  • Landfill Scavenging: the resource recovery method of the future? — Dominique Turcotte, Ministry of Environment
  • Landfill Scavenging: the other side of the myth — Michel Lefebvre, Tetra Tech
  • Zero Ownership: Moving toward a leasing society creates excess waste? — Henry Mutafya, SaskTel

12:00  Hunger Games: Lunch
Sponsored by Titan Carbon-Smart Technologies

1:00   SWRC Annual General Meeting

1:30   End Game: Concurrent Session A: Plastics in the Future
Sponsored by Canadian Plastics Industry Association
         Options for Chemical Recycling -- Louis Bertrand, Sweet Grazoil
          The Future of Plastics – Joe Hruska, Canadian Plastics Industry Association
1:30   Soylent Green: Concurrent Session B – Food Waste & Organics
              Sponsored by TetraTech
            Putting Food to its Highest and Best Use — Jaime White, Loop Resource
  Slow Food on Food Waste: What's Pleasure Got to Do WIth It? — Noelle Chorney, Tall Order
Semi-Underground Organics Containment: The Next Frontier — Tim Corcoran, Molok North America

3:00   Serenity: Break
Sponsored by Electronic Products Recycling Association — Saskatchewan

3:30   Dark City: Concurrent Session C – Creating Effective Policy
  Sponsored by Product Care Recycling
            Building a Circular City — Christina Seidel, Recycling Council of Alberta
Working Together to Reduce Waste in Saskatchewan — Brienne Bennett, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
All Together Now: The Advantages and Limitations of Harmonization — Jay Illingworth, EPRA
Prince Albert’s Plastic Shopping Bag Ban - Nisar Ghani, City of Prince Albert

3:30   I-Robot: Concurrent Session D – Robotics
               Sponsored by Emterra Environmental
Machine Learning and AI. It's not the future, it's now, are you ready? — Jared Fedorchuk, Levis Technologies
             SamurAI Sorting Recyclables — Matt Risko, Machinex
Machine Learning and Data Collaboration in Waste Management — Sam Dietrich, Prairie Robotics
5:00   Sessions end

6:00   The Matrix Reloaded: Reception

7:00   Mad Max: Banquet In a not-too-distant dystopian future, when civilization’s most precious resource - textiles - has been depleted, the world is plunged into chaos. Set out across the wasteland in search of upcyclable resources. Show off your ability to adapt in the future by wearing apocalyptic “Scavenged Fashion” apparel while joining us for the Banquet.

7:45 Minister of Environment address Hon Dustin Duncan, Saskatchewan Minister of Environment

8:00 Saskatchewan Waste Minimization Awards Ceremony
            Sponsored by SaskTel

9:00 Total Recall: After Party – The Rooftop

Friday October 2
8:15 The Force Awakens: Breakfast
           Sponsored by Multi-Material Stewardship Western

9:00 Back to the Future: Campfire Session – Circular Solutions
Campfire-style group discussions where attendees discuss ways of shifting currently linear products back to circular production cycles.
       Products/Topics include: Grain storage, beverage containers, electronics, furniture, food & dining, buildings, clothing

10:00  Serenity: Break

10:30  Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Concurrent Session E – – Public Education & Engagement
             Sponsored by Carton Council of Canada
                     Waste Reclamation Fundamentals: Three critical concepts for recycling education  — Lori Koebel, Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corp
Message Delivered — How to Talk Climate Change — Nirmala Naidoo, Green Calgary
City of Regina Curbside Education — Derek Adam, City of Regina

10:30  War of the Worlds: Concurrent Session F – – Global Waste Issues (video session)
              Sponsored by K-Light Recycling
                   Jim Puckett, Basil Action Network
                   The State of the Recovered Paper Markets — Bill Moore, Moore & Associates
Textile Recycling — Tonny Colyn, Salvation Army Thrift Store

12:00 Hunger Games: Lunch
1:00 The Journey Home: Conference ends

Thanks to Cleanfarms for sponsoring Grassroots & Student registrations.
Contact SWRC (306-931-3242, [email protected]) for details.