The Collaborative facilitates connections between participants engaging in research on municipal solid waste issues by hosting events. The Collaborative holds two types of events:

  1. Roundtables – The primary activity of the Collaborative is to hold roundtable discussions to introduce and connect participants to each other, aiming to generate and advance research projects.
  2. Results webinars – As projects facilitated under the Collaborative reach the results stage, participants are given the opportunity to host a 0.5-1 hour webinar to share their results with the wider community.

Explore the Collaborative’s past events and documents below


April 2019

Spring 2019 Newsletter

Metro Vancouver is looking to partner with two researchers on two separate research projects:

  • Mapping Compost Markets for BC
  • Cannabis Waste Management in Metro Vancouver

For full project details or to apply to one of these positions, please visit the Current Research Projects/ Proposals tab.

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October 2018

Fall 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to our Fall 2018 Newsletter (see link to PDF below). New items include:

  • Project Updates
  • SWANA Day & AGM – November 7, 2018 @ SFU Vancouver Campus
  • Zero Waste Conference – November 8-9, 2018 @ Vancouver Convention Centre West

BC SWRC Newsletter – Fall 2018

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May 2018

Spring 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to our spring 2018 Newsletter!

Thank you for being a valued member of the BC Solid Waste Research Collaborative (BC SWRC). As you know, the BC SWRC is a network of people from industry, government, academia and the non-profit sector using applied research to tackle BC’s municipal waste and resource management questions.  As a member of the Collaborative, we’d like to provide you with an update on what’s been going on.

BC SWRC Newsletter – Spring 2018

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August 2015

Multi-Family Organics Roundtable

On July 22, 2015, the Collaborative convened a roundtable discussion with participants involved in organics collection in multi-family buildings. The goal of the roundtable was to connect participants with each other, and discuss potential collective action / research questions on the topic. You can view the agenda for the roundtable here: MF-Food-Scraps-Meeting-Agenda-and-Backgrounder.pdf.

Participants included psychology graduate students from the University of British Columbia, members of SEEDS at UBC, municipal members from Burnaby, New Westminster, and City of Vancouver, the Recycling Council of British Columbia, regional compost facilities, and Master Recycler Vancouver.

If you are interested in future events on this topic or related research areas, let us know via our Contact page.

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October 2014

Wood Waste Roundtable

On October 22, 2014, the Collaborative brought together participants in a roundtable discussion on wood waste.  The goal of the roundtable was to connect participants with each other, and discuss potential collective action / research questions around wood waste. See the roundtable’s agenda here: Agenda for 2014 Wood Waste Roundtable.

Many participants attending this roundtable came from industry, with attendees also from Metro Vancouver, regional universities and colleges, and municipalities. One of the topics discussed was the use of recycled concrete aggregate in new concrete, and Dr. Shahria Alam from UBC Okanagan presented on his work in that area.

If you are interested in future events on this topic or related research areas, let us know via our Contact page.

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June 2014

General Roundtable Discussion

On June 18, 2014, the Collaborative brought participants together for a general roundtable to identify and advance any applied research that could help achieve the region’s zero waste initiatives.

The session was moderated by One Earth, and featured academic and municipal representatives framing the context for research collaboration and reviewing various waste issues.

You can view the agenda for the discussion here: BC-Solid-Waste-Research-Collaborative-Agenda-for-June-18.pdf

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October 2013

Founding Roundtable

On October 17, 2013, the Collaborative convened its inaugural roundtable with attendees from industry, government, and academia. You can view the original invitation here: BC-Solid-Waste-Research-Collaborative-Blank-invitation.pdf.

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