Local & regional waste management initiatives
During the past several years, Eco-West Canada has specialized in facilitating sustainability initiatives for municipalities needing help to implement various local and/or regional waste management initiatives. This includes feasibility studies, waste characterization studies as well as pilot projects in waste and organics diversion using cutting edge waste to value-add technologies.
The scope of the initiatives that EWC helps design and implement for municipalities and other clients is such that they provide a good understanding of current waste characteristics, existing waste management gaps in communities and waste management programs as well as identifying appropriate innovative/green technologies to best manage municipal waste. Bringing municipalities together in regional low-carbon emissions clusters helps to create synergies and economies of scale and makes possible initiatives that would otherwise be beyond the capabilities of individual local governments.
Through the sharing of best practices, the data and knowledge gained from these initiatives also enables other interested communities to make intelligent decisions on the path forward for value-added waste management, waste diversion, and the recovery and proper disposal of specific and challenging waste streams. Using a collaborative approach within the context of regional municipal ecosystems, we ensure that municipal goals and objectives are maintained or enhanced to maximize benefits to participating communities and the environment.
EWC thus focuses on ways to create sustainable economic development in smaller, rural municipalities who otherwise could not make a go of it on their own due to limited financial and human resources, as well as a lack of knowledge and expertise. This is where EWC continues to play a pivotal role, acting as a local and regional facilitator and advising municipalities on how to move towards achieving their sustainable waste management goals.