For too long the Canadian waste industry has been operating almost exclusively on regional and local issues of concern. There has been little or no coordination on a national basis to find solutions to environmental problems that exist independent of arbitrary geographies and political borders.
Despite exemplary regional representation by provincial associations like the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA), business-critical issues affecting municipalities and industry from coast-to-coast-to-coast are subject to ten or twelve different processes and reflect at least that many unique perspectives.
Public policy remains fractured and uncoordinated from one jurisdiction to another, even when there are clear and recognizable areas of common concern.
Even the consultation process differs from place-to-place. Whereas a working group is the preferred method of outreach in one province, an expert panel carries the day in another.
And in the end, there is no single, shared voice articulating strategic solutions that solve national challenges.
This must change. To that end, the Canadian Resource Recovery Council (CRRC) will bridge that gap by proactively engaging in the development of public policies that address common concerns and creating a national forum for the exchange of ideas.
The CRRC will serve as a platform for informing provincial policy with national best practices. The CRRC will provide a universally accessible channel for education and information. The CRRC will proactively and aggressively advocate and promote the unassailable notion that waste is a resource.