Waste Diversion and Extended Producer Responsibility Projects
Active and Most Recent Projects (within 5 years)
- Throughout 2015 (and into 2016) Love Environment has been a sub-contractor to HDR and Kelleher Environmental in the development of a long-range (25 year) waste management plan for the city of Toronto. Love has been responsible for working with Kelleher on the core elements of the waste diversion and extended producer responsibility components of this plan, including evaluating (and scoring) detailed program options and projecting capital and operating cost estimates and waste diversion impacts.
- As a sub-contractor to Kelleher Environmental, Love Environment helped conduct a research study for the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (based on in-depth interviews with leading municipal and private sector curbside recycling program operators across Canada) on options for determining and allocating recycling costs within Material Recycling Facilities (MRFs).
- Love Environment was retained throughout 2014 – as part of the Gies & Associates BC Project Team - to support the implementation of the BC printed paper and packaging plan prepared by the team for Multi-Material British Columbia and Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance. The plan was approved by the BC government in April 2013 and the same team worked throughout the next 18 months for CSSA to help launch the new program in May 2014. This is the first 100% producer responsibility program for printed paper and packaging (PPP) in North America. Geoff's key contributions to the plan have been in the area of market/market development issues, the Post Collection Request for Proposals process and collector and processor interface and relationship development. Geoff's work on the project was completed with his assisting in the hire of MMBC's Director of Operations in September 2014.
- Love Environment was retained early in 2013 – again as part of a Gies & Associates team – by Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) and CSSA to prepare a Waste Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Plan for approval by the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment. The final plan was submitted to the Saskatchewan government on August 6, 2013. The Saskatchewan plan is based on a shared funding model whereby printed paper and packaging producers in the province will pay 75% of efficient and effective curbside and depot residential recycling program costs, with the balance being paid by municipalities. The Minister approved the Plan and the program is scheduled to begin in 2016.
- Throughout late 2013 and into 2014, Love Environment – under sub-contract to Kelleher Environmental – supported the Regional Works Commissioners of Ontario (RWPCO) in two main areas: preparing a 2 day information workshop/detailed municipal response to Ontario's draft Waste Reduction Act (Bill 91) and in preparing a business plan for an on-going municipal resource capacity for Extended Producer Responsibility issues in Ontario. The Bill 91response was submitted in September and was prepared for RWPCO in association with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the Municipal Waste Association (MWA), with funding support provided by Waste Diversion Ontario's Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF). The Ontario municipal EPR resource centre is scheduled to begin operation early in 2015.
- Late in 2013, Love Environment – again in collaboration with Kelleher Environmental – prepared a comprehensive industry response to Ontario's Bill 91 for the Coalition for Effective Waste Diversion in Ontario (CERWO). The CERWO coalition represents over 20 different Ontario and national associations comprised of 40,000 businesses, representing 908,000 employees and over $315 Billion in annual sales. The Coalition's submission was filed in advance of the September 2013 response deadline.
- Completed a project for Stewardship Ontario with Kelleher Environmental to analyze the Current State of Fibre Management in Ontario's blue box system. Representing 60% of many program's throughput and revenues, changes in fibre composition in the blue box, in collection/ processing/ end markets and in the re-processing infrastructure in Ontario (and internationally) are of vital and strategic importance to the stewards of Ontario's printed paper and packaging diversion program.
- As part of the HRD/Kelleher Environmental project team, Love Environment supported a multi-year project to help develop a 25 year Integrated Waste Management Master Plan for the Region of York. Love Environment was mainly responsible for the "recycling best practices" identification and analysis and for the review of current provincial and federal policy and program initiatives to increase waste diversion (e.g. through extended producer responsibility and other policies and programs).
- Completed a project with Kelleher Environmental to provide research and guidance to the city of Toronto on the key variables, behavioural trends and consumption patterns related to projected Blue Box quantities and composition from 2015 to 2020. The initial findings are projecting 18% reduction in fibres, 50% reduction in glass and 17% increase in blue box plastics over the next decade (please see recent articles and presentations for additional information).
- For the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, completed a three part study and strategy to: estimate the generation of household and ICI plastic film across Canada; though surveys/interviews with the waste industry identified current curbside and ICI film recovery estimates and barriers to additional recovery; and prepared a report recommending actions to stimulate additional diversion (which led in part to CPIA's adding staff resources to implement the plan).
- For the Clean Air Foundation prepared a scan of extended producer responsibility developments and opportunities across Canada. Assisted CAF in business development related to the stewardship of targeted materials in Ontario and other parts of Canada.
- Sub-contractor to Kelleher Environmental in the development of key performance indicators and an evaluation tool for 25 Producer Responsibility and multi-material recycling Organizations across Canada. (Completed for Environment Canada and the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment).
Other waste diversion/EPR projects for which Geoff Love/Love Environment was the project Director/manager
- For OECD (the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development) and Environment Canada, Love Environment completed a two-part project in the fall of 2011. Part 1 was the preparation of a brief summary of a seminar hosted by OECD in Moscow, Russia in September 2011 on the topic of waste management planning. Part 2 was a report on the development of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in Canada, including case examples illustrating the impact of EPR on environmentally sound management of waste and financing of waste management programs (please see "recent articles and presentations" for additional information).
- For 2 years, Love Environment served as a technical and strategic consultant to Waste Diversion Ontario's (WDO) $42 million Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF) helping to implement recycling best practices in Ontario municipalities. Led the development of a $4.5 million grant for the development of a state of the art regional recycling facility in Southwestern Ontario.
- Led the development (for WDO's Continuous Improvement Fund and Stewardship Ontario) of a Request for Proposal and subsequent tender for new blue box plastics re-processing capacity in Ontario ($3.8 million in funding in place by 2012). Through this project, Love Environment supported the development of emerging North American markets for thermoform PET packaging with NAPCOR in the US (please see "Reference Projects" section for more detailed description of this work).
- Created and served as the Manager for Stewardship Ontario's $25 million Recycling Effectiveness and Efficiency Fund. Oversaw the development and completion of 75 technical and policy-related recycling innovation and best practice projects with municipalities across Ontario. Sample projects included:
- Managed the development, approval and evaluation of 75 municipally-led blue box recycling research studies, pilot projects and implementation projects;
- Oversight of $3 million TV, web and print campaign to support province–wide consumer participation in recycling;
- Directed $2.7 million investments in optical sorting technologies for paper and plastics in Windsor, Toronto and Durham region;
- Led the initial development of province-wide technical training in the areas of market development, contract management, communications and education;
- Assessment of greenhouse gas reduction impacts of Ontario-wide recycling activities;
- Funded and evaluated a Recycling Promotion and Education Best Practice Guidebook (and web based materials);
- Hosted a "threaded discussion" with 25 North American experts over a 6 month period to assess the comparative benefits of single stream and 2 stream recycling;
- Funded and evaluated several user pay studies and oversaw the development of a "Sustainable Financing Guidebook" for residential recycling; and
- Oversaw the planning and development of a $1.8 million comprehensive multi-family recycling project in collaboration with the city of Toronto
- For Environment Canada completed a study on "Approaches to Waste Minimization" profiling eight international, best-of-class waste minimization and recycling programs (including a scan of leading edge EPR programs and life-cycle and economic impact information as available).
- For Stewardship Ontario, provided oversight of $1.3 million recycling Best Practices Assessment study and implementation project. This work in turn led to key changes in the way Stewardship Ontario funds municipal blue box programs (i.e. programs incorporating approved best practices secure higher percentage funding).
- In collaboration with Kelleher Environmental, completed a study for Waste Diversion Ontario on stewardship options for the management of used lead acid batteries in Ontario. Love Environment was responsible for research re recycling rates, current and future infrastructure and capacity needs for the collection, transport recycling and disposal of lead acid batteries in Ontario.
- For Stewardship Ontario, created, managed and oversaw the continual evolution of the first of its kind web-based Recyclers Knowledge Network in Ontario to disseminate best practice recycling project results and information.
- Responsible for establishing 2 RIS European offices and serving as Project Director for the European Recycling and Recovery Association's (ERRA) multi-million, multi-year demonstration projects in eight European countries. Projects focused on the efficient collection and processing of recyclables for model country programs.
- Project Manager responsible for development of a consultative process and market development strategy for the stewardship of transportation packaging materials in Canada. Provided assistance to Environment Canada and NAPP to develop sector specific waste reduction strategies to help achieve NAPP targets.
- Project Manager for strategic environmental assessment projects for McDonalds Canada and for compost demonstration projects for McDonalds USA.