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This course examines the spatial, technical, and social aspects of the garbage problem in a North American context.

Course Outline
After Participating in this Course, You will be Able to:
  • Assess waste auditing methods
  • Generalize Ontario regulations governing MSW
  • Analyze  operating definitions, legal definitions of municipal solid, hazardous and nuclear wastes
  • Reduce your own personal "waste footprint"

Life Cycle Analysis of municipal solid waste (MSW) Waste has brought recycling and other perceived "environmentally friendly" alternatives under close scrutiny in terms of their cumulative environmental burdens. Recent research by the US Environmental Protection Agency notes that 44% of carbon emissions in the USA are directly attributed to waste management from a life cycle perspective, hence managing waste effectively is instrumental in reducing global warming.  This course examines the spatial, technical, and social aspects of the garbage problem in a North American context. However, international development perspectives are compared and contrasted throughout the course, especially from South-East Asia. Ontario legislation, regulations and guidelines are examined in detail. The Greater Toronto area  is used as a case study, including the recent "garbage wars" with northern Ontario over the proposed Adams Mine landfill near Kirkland Lake and the export of Toronto's waste to Michigan.

Over the past two decades in Canada waste problems have become front page news as decision-makers have been inept at implementing technologies and finding locations to dispose of our waste. The "not-in-my-backyard" syndrome has become synonymous with waste issues due to perceived and real environmental impacts of waste technologies, especially incineration and sanitary landfill. These planning problems and the economics of disposal have been catalysts in producing a fundamental shift in our thinking about the environment. This shift has resulted in the proliferation of "integrated waste management systems" that use the "3Rs" - reduction, reuse and recycling, as a preferred hierarchy for maximizing diversion before disposal. Growing industrialization and economic wealth in the developing world is creating increased waste quantities and toxicity in these waste streams, leading to western style waste management problems. Further exasperating this problem in the developing world is the uncertain future role of urban waste scavengers and dump pickers, mainly desperately poor women and children, who may be displaced as western technologies are introduced.

  • Review waste auditing methods.
  • Provide an overview of the reduction, reuse and recycling hierarchy of waste diversion.
  • Discuss disposal in terms of landfill and waste-to-energy incineration as well as new and emerging technologies.
  • Familiarize participants with the Ontario regulations governing MSW.
  • Expose participants to the global waste issues in the developing world.
  • Prepare participants for careers in waste management as well as how to reduce their own personal "waste footprint".
  • Who Should Attend
    • Municipal engineers and engineering technologists
    • Land use planners,
    • Transportation Professional
    • Geographers
    • Environmental planners
    • Environmental assessment specialists
    • Consultants
    • Municipal officials
    • City councillors
    • Environmentalists
    • Waste collection coordinators
    • Sanitary landfill technical personnel
    • Municipal recycling facility operating personnel
    Program Outline

    Day I

    Registration and Coffee

    Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

    What is waste?

    • Operating definitions, legal definitions of municipal solid, hazardous and nuclear wastes.
    • Social stigmas.
    • Waste Composition, Western versus Developing Nations
    Historical Review of the Greater Toronto Area Waste Crisis

    Waste Auditing / Characterization Procedures

    A "Life Cycle Analysis" Approach To Waste Management

    • Case Study - McDonald's Corporation - A Tale of Two Arches
    • Eco-labelling

    Day II

    Waste Disposal Technologies 1 - Sanitary Landfill

    Waste Disposal Technologies 2 - Incineration

    Integrated Waste Management Planning

    • Environmental Assessment  Based Landfill Site Selection Processes
    • Public consultation and the not-in-my-backyard syndrome (NIMBY
    Reduction and Reuse - The First 2 Rs.
    • Consumerism, Materialism and our Ecological Footprint
    Recycling and Composting - The Third R

    Group Discussion: What changes would you like to make in MWS for your community

    Presentation by group representatives followed by discussion

    Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

    Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


    Chuck Hostovsky holds a baccalaureate degree in "Environmental Geography and Biology" (Toronto), a Masters in Environmental Studies in "Environmental Planning" (York), a PhD in "Regional Planning and Resource Management" (Waterloo), and a Certificate in Post-Doctoral Studies (McMaster) in "Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning".

    Dr. Chuck Hostovsky is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) and an Ontario Registered Professional Planner (RPP). He has over 25 years experience in urban design of "natural heritage" systems (i.e. greenways) for Official Plans. Dr. Hostovsky planning practice and academics has won him the Canadian Association of Geographer's Award for Service to Government and Business, two Ontario Professional Planners Institute awards, a university Teaching Award, and a Carolinian Canada Conservation Award.  Besides policy development in urban planning, he has also been extensively involved in land development control including Official Plans and zoning. His work in transportation includes master plans, transit-oriented development, travel demand management, research in Quality and Level of Service, road infrastructure design, and developing transit systems. In waste management he has been involved in master plans, recycling and composting projects, waste audits, and environmental assessments for landfills and waste-to-energy facilities. He has extensive experience with environmental assessments for dozens of infrastructure projects including water, wastewater, roads/bridges / transit, electrical generation and transmission corridors, etc.

    Chuck has been on the faculty of the University of Toronto's Department of Geography and Planning for the past 16 years and has won several academic awards for his research and teaching. The focus of his research has been urban planning in the context of regional infrastructure, especially the impacts urban sprawl has on that infrastructure - mainly focusing on sustainable land use, waste management and transportation systems. He is the Principal of Green Road Planning & Research, providing consulting services to clients such as AMEC, MMM Group, Trow Associates, Six Nations, Sierra Club, City of Hamilton, and many others. Previous to academia he worked full-time in consulting engineering for many years and for the province for 5 years (Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Transportation, and Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing). He was also an Urban Planner for 3 years with the land use planning departments of the City of Hamilton and City of Guelph.
    Prerequisites & Certificates

    Certificates offered

    1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

    Cancellation Policy
    To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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