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Duncan hosts waste workshop

The Coast Waste Management Association invites you to join us for a workshop and networking event on June 13, 2014 at the Quw'utsun Cultural and Conference Centre, Duncan, BC.

Approximately 40% of our residential waste stream is comprised of biodegradable material such as food waste. This has promoted many communities to develop curbside organics programs to divert this waste stream from landfill and transform it into a valuable resource.

Communities that have embarked upon the collection and composting of curbside organics have experienced a mixture of successes and setbacks. It is important that lessons learned be shared so that others following can develop successful programs right from the outset.

Please plan to join us on June 13, 2014 and hear from three experienced industry professionals regarding what it takes to develop, implement and manage successful organics collection and processing programs.

Farrel Spence - Harvest Power

Farrell Spence manages municipal and commercial accounts for the BC region of Harvest Power's organic waste composting and anaerobic digestion facilities. Farrell will explain how Harvest Power are helping the region achieve sustainability and landfill diversion targets through Superpowered™ organics management, renewable energy and compost-based soil products. The Harvest Power site in Richmond, BC is home to North America's largest commercial scale high solids anaerobic digester.

Dave McAra - District of Saanich

Dave McAra has worked at the District of Saanich for over 25 years, the last 12 years in the dual role of Manager of Solid Waste Services and Fleet Centre. Starting this April, 31,300 Saanich residential garbage customers were asked to divert kitchen scraps, food leftovers and food-soiled paper products from their household garbage, for pick-up in a separate organics recycling cart. Dave will share with us his experience and lessons learned from this new program.

Scott Gamble - CH2M Hill

Scott Gamble has over twenty years of experience designing, operating and managing composting and other solid waste facilities.  He specializes in organic waste management and is recognized for his knowledge in composting system design and operations. Odour management, product consistency and a good understanding of regulatory requirements are some of the top concerns for any compost operation. Scott will share with us how these can be addressed through Best Management Practices and following the Environment Canada Technical Document on MSW Organics Processing that CH2M Hill helped to develop. Scott is the past-Chairman of the Composting Council of Canada.

Please join us in Duncan on June 13th, 2014, at the Quw'utsun Cultural and Conference Centre, Duncan, BC.

Pre-registration is required. Reserve your place now by emailing: info@cwma.bc.ca or call 250 733 2213

$45.00 CWMA members, $55.00 non-members (Prices include lunch, tax and gratuity)

Doors open at 10.00 AM with the presenters convening at 11.00 AM, followed by lunch and networking to 2.30 PM.

— submitted by Will Burrows, executive director, CWMA

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