Organics Management Webinars

Each month Green Manitoba in partnership with the Compost Council of Canada host webinar presentations from renowned experts on various topics related to organics recycling. Webinars are free of charge, all those interested in attending the webinar are encouraged to sign up or access the presentation when it becomes available. ** Scroll down to "resources" to download the Webinar presentation slides or view the webinar presentation videos Date: May 1, 2013 Title: Fundamentals of Organics Recycling. Presenter: Scott Gamble, CH2MHill Scott Gamble, project manager for Environment Canada’s recently released Technical Document on Municipal Solid Waste Organics Processing. Everyone interested in maximizing diversion and resource utilization is invited to attend. The webinar will focus on: - the relevance of organics recycling within overall waste diversion and resource utilization - feedstocks: from selection to collection to processing - technology options for organics recycling - design and permitting considerations - managing the process effectively - compost marketing Date: June 11, 2013 Title: Taking Credit for Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs) at Compost Facilities. Presenter: Allan Yee, City of Edmonton This session will be led by Allan Yee, Senior Engineer, Organics Processing, Waste Management Services of the City of Edmonton. Through the Alberta GHG Regulatory and Offset System, the City of Edmonton has been trading carbon credits realized through their composting operations since 2007. Everyone interested in sustainability, maximizing diversion and organics residuals resource utilization and is invited to attend. The webinar will focus on: - an overview of the current GHG Regulatory and Offset System in Alberta and Canada - the process of quantifying GHG reductions including the how to’s of calculating the baseline and composting conditions as well as measuring and record-keeping - suggestions on how to operate a compost facility to maximize carbon credits Date: July 3, 2013 Title: Digging into Community Gardens. Presenter: Katherine Buckley, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada This session will be led by Katherine Buckley, Research Scientist in Integrated Agricultural Management with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada. In addition to her “day job” as a compost champion and researcher, Kathy has been instrumental in nurturing the establishment of community gardens in Brandon, MB. As you all know, the power of compost goes beyond its abilities to maximize waste diversion. Compost is all about feeding the soil and making our communities sustainable. The webinar will focus on: - The how-to’s of starting and sustaining a community garden - The role of composting, compost and our industry in community gardens Date: August 7 & September 4, 2013 Title: Part 1 and Part 2 Organics Recycling Programs in Canada. Presenter: Susan Antler, Compost Council of Canada This topic will be led by Susan Antler, Executive Director, The Compost Council of Canada. Part I will focus on the regulatory framework and an overview of provincial developments. Part II will concentrate on advances and lessons learned in the processing of feedstocks sourced from both the residential and IC&I sectors. Date: October 2, 2013 Title: Overview of the Ins and Outs of Biogas Operations. Presenter: Tom Ferencevic, Yield Energy This will be the first in a series that will focus on all aspects of anaerobic digestion with the goal of fostering a better understating of the benefits and limitations of the technology. We will focus on a wide range of subjects from understanding feedstocks, biological control, contaminant removal and digestate management. In this the first of the Biogas Operations series we will be going over some general considerations in matching feedstock to a system design and technology as well as understanding the biological system. Date: November 13, 2013 Title: Mixed-Waste Anaerobic Digestion on Agricultural Lands in Ontario Presenter: Don Hilborn, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food This session is an update on the recently passed regulation for Mixed Waste Anaerobic Digestion on Agricultural Lands in Ontario. Details of the amended regulation may be found by visiting: Date: Wednesday December 11, 2013 Title: Compost Use for Erosion Control, Storm Water and Green Infrastructure Presenter: Dr. Britt Faucette, Filtrexx International Dr. Faucette is an Ecosystem Scientist, and a Certified professional in both Erosion and Sediment Control (CP ESC) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). * Webinar not available but information can be found at Date: January 8, 2014 Title: Contaminant Removal and Anarobic Digestion Presenter: Tom Ferencevic, Yield Energy This presentation will focus on the impacts that physical contaminants and de-packaging systems have on biogas plants, considering both financial and operational challenges. The ultimate goal of a contaminant removal system is to allow biogas plants to operate with more flexibility with respect to the variety of feedstocks they can process. Proper implementation can significantly improve economic performance of these plants through higher tipping fees and greater efficiencies in biogas production. Topics covered will include the pros and cons of single vs multiple step systems approach and the technologies commonly deployed in multiple-stage cleaning processes and the rationale for these. One of the primary drivers of de-packaging or pre-treatment technologies is to produce a clean digestate. However, it is critical to understand that no single technology can clean contaminated feedstock in one step and that there are trade-offs with respect to operating conditions and market dynamics. Date: February 5th, 2014 Title: Discovering the Value of Compost Presenter: Dr. George Lazarovits, Director of Research, A&L Biologicals Following a career as a plant pathologist at Agriculture and AgriFood Canada, Dr. Lazarovits became Director of Research at A&L Biologicals, a division of A&L Canada Laboratories, in 2010. His research has focused on examining plant health from an ecological perspective where both beneficial and detrimental organisms in soil were considered to affect plant vigor. He has developed innovative model systems for studying soil processes and interactions between microorganisms and plans, as well as each other. Dr. Lazarovits is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Western Ontario. He serves on committees of Environment Canada, NSERC and as a member of the UN Ozone Secretariat regulating the phase-out of methyl bromide (MBTOC), having also served as president of the Canadian Phytopathological Society. A&L Biologicals is focused on the creation of sustainable cropping systems based on ecological principles. Its' parent company, A&L Canada Laboratories, Inc., is one of Canada's largest Agricultural and Environmental Laboratories specializing in soil, plant tissue, compost, fertilizer and water testing. Date: March 5, 2014 Title: Organics Management in Québec: From Scratch to Banning! Presenter: Sophie Taillefer, Recyc-Québec The Québec waste management policy has identified a 60 % recycling target for organics for the year 2015 and a ban to elimination in 2020. Based on 2010 and 2011 data, more than 4.4 million tons of organics residues are generated each year in the province and less than 20% is recycled. In order to reach these aggressive goals the Quebec government has invested 650 M $ in a grant program dedicated to the implementation of anaerobic digestion and composting facilities across the province. Many projects are under way and innovative measures will have to be developed to optimize the use of biogas, digestate and compost. Other means have been put into place such as a 20 $ tax levy for every ton of waste sent to landfill or incineration. EPR programs are also implemented for many types of recyclable waste. Date: April 2, 2014 Title: Cities Feed Farm Soils: Greenbin-derived Compost Agriculture Trials Presenter: Christine Brown, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture & Food A high-volume potential market for compost is in agriculture. Already, many compost facilities have established direct linkages with farms which are utilizing compost for improved organic matter content and nutrients in their soils. This presentation will provide an overview of the coordinated efforts of a number of organizations focused to help advance agricultural usage of compost. Christine Brown of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture & Food along with the Region of Peel and 12 other municipally-based compost facilities and The Compost Council of Canada have been working on an extensive field trial across Ontario with various farm-based enterprises. The Compost Quality Alliance is an integral part of this initiative. We all know the phrase: Farmers Feed Cities .... View this webinar to hear how Cities Feed Farm Soils. Date: May 7, 2014 Title: Promoting Community Composting: Let’s Talk Trash – Powell River Regional District’s Waste Management Education Program Presenter:Inger-Lise Burns and Abby McLennan, Let’s Talk Trash The Let’s Talk Trash Team’s mission is “to develop and implement an innovative education program on waste reduction strategies that will guide our community towards zero waste”. In Powell River, where trash is transported hundreds of kilometres by ship and by truck to be landfilled, waste reduction takes on a particular urgency, but also presents unique challenges. Learn about the extensive array of initiatives that the Let’s Talk Trash Team is implementing to resolve these issues, including their “Convert a Freezer” initiative, which teaches locals how to convert an old freezer into an innovative composting unit! Their local compost expert Bert Baillie will also be available for the question and answer session to answer any questions concerning his innovation. Date: June 4, 2014 Title: An Introduction to Compost Markets and the Compost Quality Alliance Program Presenter:Rod Fry, RJ Fry Assoc. Ltd., and Susan Antler, The Compost Council of Canada The markets for compost are wide and varied, each one being influenced by different agronomic attributes and quality criteria. While much of the “code” has been cracked in the understanding of organics processing technology, much learning still remains to advance compost markets. Led by Rod Fry of RJ Fry Assoc. Ltd. with support from Susan Antler of The Compost Council of Canada, this webinar will focus on the dynamics of various compost markets and the important role that the Compost Quality Alliance is playing to advance our industry and our compost products’ credibility. Title: A Front Yard Naturescape! Date: August 6, 2014 Presenter: Blake Hamilton, City of Brandon Description: As the Program Assistant for The Brandon Community Garden Network, Blake Hamilton has been a key contributor in the creation of their weekly workshop series, of which he will give an overview. Also, using the principles of permaculture, he has created an edible naturescape in his front yard. Participate in this month’s webinar for a visual tour and to find out the techniques he used to build his naturescape! Title: Love Food, Hate Waste Date: September 3, 2014 Presenter: Hélène St. Jacques, Informa Founder and President Description:While the end destiny of food waste should be an organics recycling facility rather than heading to a landfill, food waste is also part of a bigger issue of “why waste it in the first place?” According to Wikipedia: “The causes of food waste or loss are numerous, and occur at the stages of production, processing, retailing and consumption. As of 2013, half of all food is wasted worldwide, according to the British Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME). Loss and wastage occurs at all stages of the food supply chain or value chain. In low-income countries, most loss occurs during production, while in developed countries much food – about 100 kilograms (220 lb) per person per year – is wasted at the consumption stage.” Please join us on Wednesday September 3rd and be inspired by Hélène Ste Jacques, Founder and President of Informa, as she dives into this subject with her fantastic flair and flavour. Date: November 5, 2014 Title: Organic Residuals for Mine Reclamation: An Overview of Progress Presenter: Bryan Tisch, Senior Environmental Scientist, Natural Resources Canada The Green Mines Green Energy (GMGE) initiative was developed by CanmetMINING of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) as a multi-year field demonstration study to examine the technical and financial feasibility of using organic residuals for mine reclamation and the sustainable establishment of bioenergy crops for potential bioenergy production. Bryan Tisch, Senior Environmental Scientist at Natural Resources Canada, will be reviewing the dynamics and findings of this study in addition to next steps, providing insight on this potential market for compost. Date: December 3, 2014 Title: The 2015 Organics Disposal Ban in Metro Vancouver Presenter: Andrew Marr, Acting Division Manager of Solid Waste Services, Metro Vancouver In Metro Vancouver, as of January 2015, organic materials will be banned at landfill. The Organics Disposal Ban is an action in the region’s Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan. During development, extensive public engagement helped identify that removing organics from the landfill is a highly desirable priority for this region. Since 2011, Metro Vancouver has engaged restaurants, grocers, Business Improvement Areas, public health facilities, schools, property managers and small businesses to assess the challenges and opportunities for reducing and recycling food waste. At the same time, member municipalities have developed residential programs for single homes and are currently working towards multi-family programs. The first six months following the January 1st organics ban bylaw implementation are an education period, and garbage entering the disposal facilities with high volumes of food mixed with regular garbage will be identified and provided with information. Starting in July 2015, mixed loads that are over 25% food scraps will start to receive a surcharge equal to 50% of the tipping fee for the entire load going to disposal. This means that the businesses most affected will be the largest producers of food scraps, such as grocers and large restaurants. Over 2016 and 2017 the 25% will be lowered, likely to 10%, allowing business time to adapt. The result is that all businesses and residents in Metro Vancouver will have to dispose of their organics in an alternate way (for example, composting). Andrew Marr, Acting Division Manager of Solid Waste Services for Metro Vancouver, will be on-hand to lead us through an overview of the process to-date and what is foreseen for the launch of the ban in 2015. Date: Wednesday February 4th, 2015 Title:Leading the Way in Waste Management and Sustainable Development at Toronto's Exhibition Place Presenters: Brian Dow, Facility Coordinator & Mark Goss, General Manager of Operations Exhibition Place Exhibition Place is Canada’s largest entertainment venue, attracting millions of visitors annually. In October 2014, Exhibition Place was awarded 3R Certification Platinum Level for its outstanding diversion practices. A first time achievement by any organization in Ontario, the awarding of this certification recognizes Exhibition Place’s demonstrated excellence in waste diversion, reuse and recycling as well as its commitment to continuous improvement towards ever greater environmental stewardship. Major green initiatives implemented at Exhibition Place include wind energy, trigeneration, geothermal, solar, lighting retrofits, green roofs, a renovation of the Allstream Centre to LEED Silver status and a living wall. Date: April 8, 2015 Title: Adding Anaerobic Digestion to an Existing Composting Facility Presenter: Allen Yee, City of Edmonton The synergy between composting and anaerobic digestion has always been part of the vision and reality of the potential offered by organics residuals recycling. Initiatives already underway in Toronto, ON and Richmond, BC are soon to be complemented with the City of Edmonton’s addition of an anaerobic digestion facility alongside their compost facility at the EWMCE (Edmonton Waste Management Centre). Increases in organics processing capacity, energy capture and greenhouse gas offset credits are just some of the benefits to be realized with this incremental process step. Allan Yee of the City of Edmonton and National Chair of The Compost Council of Canada will be discussing the City of Edmonton’s decision-making and implementation plan for the integration of anaerobic digestion into their overall organics residuals diversion and compost manufacturing program. Date: June 3, 2015 Title:Controlling Airborne Exposures to Workers in Municipal Compost Facilities Presenter:Karen Bartlett, University of British Columbia Description: The purpose and objective of this research project was to measure exposures to compost workers from selected biohazards. Three municipal composting facilities were used, comparing composting methods and equipment used as well as feedstock types for concentrations of several types of hazardous airborne particulates. Efficiency of control measures will be discussed with recommendations for protection of workers in compost facilities from airborne biohazards. Dr. Bartlett is a Professor in the School of Population & Public Health, Occupational and Environmental Health Division and the graduate program director for MSc OEH. She holds a Masters degree in Occupational Hygiene and a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia. She received post-doctoral training in inhalation toxicology at the University of Iowa, School of Public Health. She was a British Columbia Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar from 2002-2007 and was awarded a Killam graduate teaching prize in 2012.

Material Type:
  • Other (Webinar Presentation)
Languages: English
Cost: Free

Fundamentals of Organics Recycling
Taking Credit for Reductions in GHG Emissions
Digging Into Community Gardens
Organics Recycling Programs In Canada-Part 2
Overview of the Ins and Outs of Biogas Operations
Mixed Waste Anaerobic Digestion on Ag Land in Ont
Contaminant Removal and Anaerobic Digestion
Organics Management in Québec: Scratch to Banning!
Cities Feed Farm Soils: Greenbin Compost on Agri
An Introduction to Compost Markets

May contribute to learning and action on the following Environmental Sustainable Developmental Themes:
Natural Environment Economy
Pollution Prevention Agricultural Sustainability/Viability
Consumption & Waste Management
Energy Efficiency & Conservation