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Waste ReForum 2020

Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council Annual Conference
April 1 - 3, 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.

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Schedule

Wednesday, April 1
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

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, April 2
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
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
  • 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 -- Pierre Benabides, Lichens
          The Future of Plastics – Joe Hruska, Canadian Plastics Industry Association
    
1:30   Soylent Green: Concurrent Session B – Food Waste & Organics

3:00   Serenity: Break

3:30   Dark City: Concurrent Session C – Creating Effective Policy
            
  Sponsored by Product Care Recycling
            Extended Producer Responsibility in the Circular Economy — 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

3:30   I-Robot: Concurrent Session D – Robotics
               Sponsored by Emterra Environmental
            
AI: The Possibilities — Jared Fedorchuk, LevisTechnologies
             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 April 3
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
                      Lori Koebel, Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corp
                     Nirmala Naidoo, Green Calgary


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

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.

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