The Compost Council of Canada is a national non-profit, member-driven organization with a charter to advocate and advance organics residuals recycling and compost use. It serves as the central resource and network for the compost industry in Canada and, through its members, contributes to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which they operate. 

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On the occasion of INTERNATIONAL COMPOST AWARENESS WEEK 2019 and the beginnings of the 2019 Gardening Season, please join us for our webinar about

Pay Attention to the Soil

The 2019 gardening season has (finally!) arrived. To celebrate spring, and Compost Awareness Week, we are offering a free introductory webinar, where we will give some practical tips on revitalizing your soil. Our theme is straightforward and powerful: the soil is alive, so let’s treat it that way. We know that, given a chance, the tiny creatures of the soil food web will build healthy, fertile soils, rich in organic matter. But here is the bonus: the soil-building process also pulls carbon out of the atmosphere – a major answer to climate change, right under our feet! Join us and learn some down-to-earth, practical methods for climate-smart gardening.


The Compost Council of Canada is a national non-profit, member-driven organization with the charter to advocate and advance organics residuals recycling and compost use. Established in 1991, the Council has developed, supported and partnered on local, regional, provincial and national programs to build the organics recycling industry across the country such that organics are now the #1 material recycled by tonnage in Canada. Of equal importance is the Council’s focus on compost’s return to our soils for enhanced health, vitality and productivity. Products championed by the Council include agricultural research trials, the Compost Quality Alliance, Plant • Grow • Share a Row, The Biology of Soil Life and The Wonderful World of Soil, a series of workshops and training to better understand and work with the soils beneath our feet and in our world.

Date: Friday May 10th, 2019
Start Time: 10AM (Central Time)
(8AM Pacific, 9AM Mountain, 11AM Eastern, Noon Atlantic)
  Presentation with opportunity for Q&A discussion. Total time = 1 hour.
Cost: Free

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The Compost Council of Canada is the national non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to advocating and advancing organics residuals recycling and compost use. The Council serves as the central resource and network for the compost and organics recycling industry in Canada and, through its members, contributes to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which they operate.

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Webinar Archives:

May 1, 2013 Fundamentals of Organics Recycling
  This was the first in our series of free organics recycling webinars, our inaugural session was led by Scott Gamble of CH2M Hill, project manager for Environment Canada’s recently released Technical Document on Municipal Solid Waste Organics Processing.
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June 11, 2013 Taking Credit for Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs) at
Compost Facilities
  This session was 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 focused 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
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July 3, 2013 Digging into Community Gardens
  The third in our series of free organics recycling webinars, this session was 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.
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August 7, 2013 Organics Recycling Programs in Canada - Part I
  The latest in our series of free organics recycling webinars, this topic was led by Susan Antler, Executive Director, The Compost Council of Canada.

Part I focused 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.
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September 4, 2013 Organics Recycling Programs in Canada - Part II
  Part II concentrated on advances and lessons learned in the processing of feedstocks sourced from both the residential and IC&I sectors.
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October 2, 2013 Overview of the Ins and Outs of Biogas Operations
  This topic was led by Tom Ferencevic of Yield Energy. This was 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 went over some general considerations in matching feedstock to a system design and technology as well as understanding the biological system.
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November 13, 2013 Mixed-Waste Anaerobic Digestion on Agricultural Lands in Ontario
  This session is an update from Don Hilborn of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food 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 here.
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December 11, 2013 Compost Use for Erosion Control, Storm Water and Green Infrastructure
  Presenter: Dr. Britt Faucette, Filtrexx International

Description: 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).
  Presentation is not available but information can be found at Filtrexx

January 8, 2014 Contaminant Removal and Anarobic Digestion
  Presenter: Tom Ferencevic, Yield Energy Description: This presentation focused 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 included 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.
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Feb 5, 2014 Discovering the Value of Compost
  Presenter: 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.

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March 5, 2014 Organics Management in Québec: From Scratch to Banning!
  Presenter: Sophie Taillefer holds a Masters in Environmental Science from the University of Quebec in Montreal. After starting in a consulting firm environment, in 2003 she joined the ranks of Recyc-Québec Crown corporation as Industry Development Officer . Ms. Taillefer has also participated as project manager for many projects for the management of organic matter especially in the municipal sector. In addition, she has participated in the development of the BNQ certification program for compostable plastic bags in 2007 and the new certification scheme for compostable products developed in 2010. Ms. Taillefer is also responsible for analyzing and monitoring regional waste management plans for municipalities in Quebec. In addition to her duties at Recyc-Québec , Ms. Taillefer has been a member of the Board of Compost Council of Canada since 2005.

Description: 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.
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April 2, 2014 Cities Feed Farm Soils: Greenbin-Derived Compost Agricultural Trials
  Presenter: Christine Brown, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food has been involved with agricultural use of manure and other organic amendments for the past 20 years looking at the nutrient and organic matter benefits to crops. She has been involved with numerous on-farm studies looking at economics and environmental impact of manure and compost on various crops including corn, soybeans and forages. She is the editor of Publication 811, Agronomy Guide for Field Crops and has been part of the team involved in the development of NMAN; the nutrient management software used to determine manure application and commercial fertilizer rates for Ontario crops. She lives on a farm, just outside of London.

Description: 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.
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May 7, 2014 Promoting Community Composting:
Let’s Talk Trash – Powell River Regional District’s Waste Management Education Program
  Presenters: 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.
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June 4, 2014 An Introduction to Compost Markets and the Compost Quality Alliance Program
  Presenters: 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.

Description: 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.
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August 6, 2014 A Front Yard Naturescape
  Presenters: 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.

Description: Participate in this month’s webinar for a visual tour and to find out the techniques he used to build a naturescape!
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September 3, 2014 Love Food Hate Waste
  Presenters: Be inspired by Hélène Ste Jacques, Founder and President of Informa, as she dives into this subject with her fantastic flair and flavour.

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.”
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November 5, 2014 Organic Residuals for Mine Reclamation:
An Overview of Progress
  Presenters: Presented by Bryan Tisch, Natural Resources Canada

Description: 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.
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December 3, 2014 The 2015 Organics Disposal Ban in Metro Vancouver
  Presenters: Presented by Andrew Marr, Metro Vancouver. Andrew is a chemical engineer from the University of BC who spent 7 years in the private sector (rechargeable battery development and hazardous waste management) before joining Metro Vancouver. Most of his 23 years with Metro Vancouver has been in Solid Waste, especially waste reduction and recycling, with some years in water conservation, liquid waste, and environmental management. For the last 11 years he has also taught Waste Reduction and Recycling Technology at the BC Institute of Technology.

Description: 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).
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February 4, 2015 Leading the Way in Waste Management and Sustainable Development at Toronto’s Exhibition Place
  Presenters: 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.

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March 4, 2015 Developing A Sense Of Humus During 2015:
The International Year Of Soils
  Description: The March "issue" of our ongoing webinar series provided participants with the opportunity to "take the time" to discover what others are saying about what we already know - that organics recycling and compost matters.

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April 8, 2015 Adding Anaerobic Digestion To An Existing Composting Plant
  Presenter: 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.

Description: 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.

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May 13, 2015 Integrated Waste Management Plans Achieving Diversion Goals and Involvement
  Presenter: Kirstin Castro-Wunsch, Advanced Enviro Engineering, she will also review the top ten points that are essential in the development of successful, cost-effective waste reduction strategies.

Description: Including organics residuals recycling is a critical component in any waste management plan whose objective is to maximize diversion. Integrated waste management plans reflect this component, incorporating residential at-home and collection as well as education systems appropriately. For the past 25 years, Advanced Enviro Engineering has been working with municipalities in Alberta, developing integrated waste management plans that have, in many cases, achieved 65+% diversion. This webinar will review the approach as well as a specifically-designed planning tool to enable the development of a go-forward implementation plan.

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June 3, 2015 Controlling Airborne Exposures to Workers in Municipal Compost Facilities
  Presenter: 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.

Description: 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.

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August 5, 2015 The Updated CAN/BNQ Draft Standard for Compost Quality: A Review of Proposed Changes and the Process of Public Consultation
  Presenter: Susan Antler serves as the Executive Director of The Compost Council of Canada, a non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to the establishment of organics recycling infrastructure and the extensive use of compost across Canada.

Description: The public consultation process for potential changes to the voluntary industry standard for compost quality as promulgated by the Standards Council of Canada through their agency, BNQ: Bureau de normalisation du Québec is now underway, with the deadline for input being August 25, 2015.

Triggered through the financial support of Recyc-Quebec, the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, the City of Montreal and the Compost Council of Canada through the support of Nova Scotia Environment and Green Manitoba, this public consultation process is part of a 20-month review of the existing voluntary standard and proposed adjustments in the context of market developments as well as ever-improving technical analysis.

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October 6, 2015 Can I Compost That?
Products & Materials Demystified
  Presenters: Jacob Clemens,Sustainability Manager, Vancouver Aquarium, Susan Antler, The Compost Council of Canada, Craig Bartlett, Waste Diversion Manager, Region of Durham, Sylvain Allard, Standards Developer, Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ)

Description: Compostable products and packaging are quickly becoming many people's answer to the problem of waste generation. But do compostable products really deliver on waste prevention and reduction? If yes, how so? If not, why not? What do we need to know about compostable products and packaging that might help us make better procurement decisions that really reduce waste? What misinformation do we need to be aware of? What does compostable certification really mean? What claims can or should governments and businesses make to consumers about the products and packages that they feature or purchase, especially if they are using such products to bolster a public sustainability commitment?

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December 2, 2015 Edible Gardening in the Urban Landscape
  Presenter: Steven Biggs is a journalist and author specializing in gardening, farming and food production. As a life-long gardener, he has gardened wherever he’s lived, planting allotment gardens, container gardens, indoor gardens, and gardens in the overgrown backyards of rental houses.

Along with studying horticultural science at the University of Guelph, he has worked in greenhouse and nursery production, plant propagation, biological controls, horticultural supplies, and farm marketing.

In his garden writing and talks, he favours a practical, no-nonsense, fun approach to things. As a contributing editor for the farm business magazine County Guide, he covers stories in the agricultural community and other parts of the food chain.

Steven’s book No Guff Vegetable Gardening, co-authored with Calgarian Donna Balzer, is a Canadian bestseller.

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December 15, 2015 A Special Webinar on GLASI & the Farmland Health Incentive Program: Understanding the Potential of the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative (GLASI) to Support Compost & Digestate Markets
  Presenter: Karen Jacobs specializes in the intersection of environmental programs and agricultural production. Her background includes working on the Kitchener-Waterloo biosolids program and communications consulting, and she is now the Environmental Outreach Specialist with the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association.

Description: The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing $4 million annually over the next four years to help farmers improve soil health and promote environmental stewardship.

The Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative (GLASI), targeted to the Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair watersheds and the southeast shores of Lake Huron watershed, will provide cost-share funding to:
  • Identify ways producers can improve soil health, reduce run-off, and improve pollinator habitat
  • Modify equipment to address risks related to manure application and pollinator health
  • Adopt best management practices, including soil erosion control structures, cover crops, residue management, buffer and shelter strips.
An important part of GLASI is the Farmland Health Incentive Program which offers financial support to implement select BMPs identified during the Farmland Health Check-Up. The funding levels depend on the priority of the Farmland Health Challenges that are being addressed.
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February 3, 2016 Producing Compost for Urban Agriculture: Needs and Opportunities

Presenter: Bruce Berry and Marilyn Firth run Almost Urban Vegetables, a 10-acre family farm, in St. Norbert, Manitoba, on the south edge of Winnipeg.

Eight years ago, they left an urban lifestyle to follow the dream of growing food and living simply.

An engineer by trade, Bruce manages the “how we’ll do it” – the logistics of materials, water, harvesting and equipment.

The vegetables are grown in the fertile, nutrient rich soils of the Red River Valley. Most of the farm implements are hand-operated, resulting in very little fuel being used in the operation. The soil is nurtured by adding compost and growing green manures. Barriers such as agricultural fabrics (row cover) help keep pests in check along with crop rotations, companion plants and reduced plot size.

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March 16, 2016 City of Calgary City-Wide Residential Organics Program Update

Presenter: John Berry is a professional engineer working for Waste & Recycling Services at the City of Calgary since 2011. He received his degree in engineering from the University of Calgary. Previous to joining the City of Calgary, John worked in both the construction and consulting industries. As project engineer, John is responsible for delivery of Waste & Recycling Services composting facility, which is the first successful P3 procurement at the City. John Berry currently resides in Calgary, Alberta.

Description: In mid-2017, green bins will be rolled out to single family homes across the City of Calgary.

The centralized compost facility which will be processing the food and yard waste from single-family homes along with dewatered biosolids from the city's wastewater treatment facility is currently under construction. It will be the largest of its kind in Canada and is scheduled to open mid-2017 for the Green Cart Program.

Several pilot programs have been running across the city to build learning and obtain feedback to prepare for the Green Cart Program's city-wide implementation.

Attend this webinar to hear of Calgary's progress and plans. And in the meantime, visit Youtube to view their great video: Too Good to Waste.

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May 5, 2016 Vertical Gardening in Small Spaces

Presenter: Ken Brown has always been fascinated by green things that grow which led him to studies in horticulture and his lifetime journey along the "garden path". Early in his career, as Superintendent of Horticulture at the Toronto Zoo, he was charged with the task of creating the botanical settings to reflect the natural habitats of the many animals to be housed there. His extensive horticultural knowledge is always reflected in his home garden which has helped to feed his family and is shared with the surrounding community. His decades of accumulated real-life gardening experiences and adventures has been further extended into other regions as his children began their adult lives across the country and called home for gardening advice.

In addition to being a much sought-after horticultural speaker and lecturer, one of Ken's current ventures is his website,, where he shares tips for gardeners on a variety of topics including houseplants and container gardening, seed starting, bugs & plant diseases and maximizing available garden space through vertical gardening. Ken is a member and director of the Garden Writers Association (GWA), contributing to the ongoing partnership between the GWA and The Compost Council of Canada to advance food-growing & -sharing through the Plant a Row • Grow a Row program.

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June 8, 2016 Food for Thought: Using Compost to Promote Soil Health

Presenter: Dr. Helgason is a Soil Microbiologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatoon as well as an Adjunct Professor and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan. With the goals of promoting efficient nutrient cycling, improved crop growth and sustainable soil management, her research focuses on soil-plant-microbial interactions and how these relationships are affected by agricultural management practices.

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August 3, 2016 An Update from The Compost Council of Canada Standards & Program Developments Labelling - Product Analysis

Presenter: Susan Antler, The Compost Council of Canada

Description: This webinar will focus on a number of developments and updates in the areas of product standards, both regulatory & voluntary, of import to the organics recycling industry. Presented by The Compost Council of Canada's executive director, Susan Antler, the webinar will not only review the recently approved update to the Standards Council of Canada's Compost Quality Standard (as managed by the BNQ) but also review information provided by the CFIA regarding labelling.

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November 2, 2016 Capturing Thermal Energy from Composting

Presenter: Brian Jerose, Agrilab Technologies Inc.

Description: Brian Jerose is the President and Co-founder of Agrilab Technologies Inc. (AGT) based in Enosburg Falls, Vermont. AGT focuses on integrated renewable thermal energy and aerated composting systems for farms and commercial/municipal composters. Brian started his first business, WASTE NOT Resource Solutions in 1997, and has since been working on a range of environmental projects from composting, watershed protection, soil conservation and sustainable development. He is also the part-time Technical Coordinator for the Missisquoi River Basin Association since 2001, developing and implementing volunteer workdays for tree planting, streambank stabilization, and other conservation projects.

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December 7, 2016 Soil Health Principles, Practices and Making it a Priority

Presenter: Glenn Munroe

Description:Our December webinar, sponsored by Green Manitoba and The Compost Council of Canada, focused on SOIL HEALTH. Presented by long-time advocate and practitioner, Glenn Munroe, this session covered both theory as well as upcoming programs aimed to build ever-greater awareness of the importance of soil health and the means to attain it.

According to a recent report issued by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario: "Modern agriculture has achieved great success in feeding the world. Over the past few decades, yields have consistently risen as prices, on a relative basis, have dropped. New technologies and inputs have made growing crops simpler and more cost effective. The environmental price of all this advancement, however, includes greater greenhouse gas emissions, nutrient pollution of water bodies such as Lake Erie, and increased soil degradation and erosion.....Fortunately, an exciting opportunity now exists to both continue to feed ourselves cost-effectively and to also protect the natural world, by building soil ecosystems and soil organic matter. This emerging opportunity is known as the soil health approach."

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February 8, 2017 The Role of the Emerging Entotechnology Sector to Treat Organic Residuals, Helping to Attain Québec’s 2022 Landfill Ban Targets

Citation: Hénault-Ethier, Louise. 2017. The role of the emerging ento(mo)technology sector to treat urban and rural organic wastes in attaining the 2020 landfilling ban policy of Québec, Canada. Webinar. Compost Council of Canada & Green Manitoba. 2017-02-06.

Presenter: Louise Hénault-Ethier, a well-known contributor to many organic residual management programs and studies and one of the co-authors of this study, will present this remarkable project, detailing the many aspects of the opportunities and limitations offered by this technology.

Description:Entotechnology employs insects for the production of nutrient- and protein-rich food and feed. The use of organic residual wastes as food for the insects is one of the options of this processing system.

The landfilling of organic residuals currently emits 5.9% of Quebec’s greenhouse gases. With an upcoming provincial organics ban, the province is also prioritizing reduction and reuse options with recycling options currently focused on composting and anaerobic digestion.

In an effort to assess the impact that the emerging entotechnology sector has on the provincial organic waste management strategy, Recyc-Québec supported research on the potential feasibility of using insects to treat organic residuals.

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June 14, 2017 Industrial Composting from IC&I* Sources
(*IC&I = Industrial, Commercial and Institutional)

About Overton Environmental Enterprises:

Overton Environmental Enterprises Inc. (OEE Inc.) was established by Dale Overton in 2007 with the goal of creating ecologically sound and innovative environmental products and services for industries across all sectors – company activities range from manufacturing organic fertilizers to land reclamation projects to educational seminars on ecology.

Included among the current company product/service lines are:

1. Compost tea products under the ECO-TEA™ - these include product built for trees and shrubs, turf, grains, vegetables, remediation and crop residue management

2. Worms and worm castings (organically certified under the Essential Organics TM) for use in soil blends and compost tea products

3. Specialized compost products for potting soils, remediation/reclamation and general use

Dale founded OEE in 2007 working as a sub-contractor for a large consulting firm in aquatic invertebrate taxonomy. Dale developed and brought to market Eco-Tea™, the company’s flagship product in 2008 and has since established a customer base across Canada.

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Dec 6, 2017 Composting in Times of Water Shortages

Presenter: Dr Melanie Jones is a veterinary surgeon and is the owner of Zero to Landfill Organics, a company established in 2008 and devoted to composting of organic waste. Located in Cape Town, South Africa Zero to Landfill Organics currently composts 50-60 tons of organic waste per month including food waste, garden waste, animal mortalities and fat trap waste. Melanie has previously presented at the Baltimore BioCycle Conference in 2014 on animal mortality composting and is committed to increasing the diversion of organic waste into compost in South Africa. She is currently involved in establishing an organic waste recycling industry body in South Africa.

Description: Composting is an effective method of reducing waste to landfill but in times of water shortages composting processes can be arrested when moisture levels drop too low.

By including food waste, with high levels of moisture, in the initial composting recipe excellent moisture conditions for composting can be achieved but once thermophilic temperatures are reached moisture levels decline rapidly. Moisture therefore needs to be added throughout the composting process. In times of drought this can be challenging and alternatives to potable water need to be explored. Fat Trap waste and other high moisture content slurries can be used to augment the moistures levels during the composting process and bring in income for composting facilities. Considerations that need to be taken into account when composting with liquid wastes include ideal recipe composition, preventing ground water contamination, ensuring thorough grease and fat breakdown and the prevention of anaerobic conditions developing in compost heaps. Through composting clean water vapour can be produced as opposed to contaminated leachate in landfills.

The presentation includes a case study on composting fat trap waste and slurries in Cape Town, South Africa in the summer of 2016/2017 after a two year drought caused water restrictions to hamper composting operations. Water scarcity is a global issue that needs to be considered when composting wastes and a variety of wastes can be used to keep moisture levels in heaps at an optimal level.

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Feb 14, 2018 Composting within the Cannabis Industry

Presenter: Travis Ahearn, Brome Compost

With the recent legalization of marijuana, BROME Compost has increasingly been called upon to support licensed medical marijuana producers in the design and implementation of composting systems to destroy and denature cannabis plant residues. The number of licenced producers (LPs) is on the increase, but each one has different needs and challenges in terms of what they wish to compost, space constraints, and ultimate goals. Hear the real-life experience of BROME Compost as they deal both with the composting process as well as the additional equipment, accessories and management strategies required to meet the needs of the LPs.

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March 7, 2018 The Canadian Agricultural Partnership

Presenter: Angela Bexten, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The Government of Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada have recently announced the introduction of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector. Federally-funded activities and programs to support sector growth focus on three key areas:

  • Growing trade and expanding markets - $297 million
  • Innovative and sustainable growth in the sector - $690 million
  • Supporting diversity and a dynamic, evolving sector - $166.5 million

  • Federal program details and application forms are available on the program web pages linked above. Funding will begin April 1, 2018.

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    April 11, 2018 Study Results on Odour Reduction and Buffering Changes in Temperature Using an In-Ground Waste and Organics Storage System

    Presenter: The Earth Rangers Centre for Sustainable Technology (ERC) was retained to complete an independent study of the Molok in-ground waste and organics storage system for its ability to buffer changes in outdoor temperature and thus reduce odours.

    The following two criteria were tracked over more than one year and the results will be discussed in detail:

    • Odour monitoring (measured by a calibrated odour meter) directly outside a Molok in-ground organics storage system as well as outside of a temperature- controlled waste room
    • Temperatures throughout collected material in an in-ground organics storage system as well as in a temperature-controlled waste room

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    May 9, 2018 Raising Standards for Restoring Healthy Soil to Urban Landscapes: Creating healthier and more absorbent landscapes through soil management best practices

    Presenter: For the past fifteen years Dean has worked for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. He is currently a Project Manager with the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP). His work focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of innovative soil and water management technologies in an Ontario context and developing knowledge transfer tools to overcome barriers to widespread implementation. His most recent work focuses on developing guidance on the design and implementation of Low Impact Development stormwater infrastructure and soil management best practices to preserve and restore healthy soils on urban construction sites. Dean is a member of the Canadian Water Resources Association and International Erosion Control Association.

    Healthy soil is the foundation of all green infrastructure, and a vital component of all landscaped portions of the urban environment. The way in which landscaped areas are constructed and managed affects how absorbent they are to stormwater, in addition to the level of effort that will be required to establish and maintain healthy vegetation, and the lifespan of the plantings. If best practices to preserve or restore healthy functioning soils are not applied during their construction or rehabilitation, changes to soil structure, soil biology and organic matter content, and the effects of compaction can cause them to function more like impervious surfaces.

    Best practices and minimum standards for preserving and restoring healthy soil in landscaped areas during urban construction that are recommended in the STEP guidance document, Preserving and Restoring Healthy Soil: Best Practices for Urban Construction will be presented along with outcomes from a recently completed project to develop a construction specificationwriting template for implementing subsoil decompaction and compost amendment best practices in the preparation of landscape planting soil for Ontario.

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