NEIA is encouraging businesses and organizations across the province to attend Earth Bound, Newfoundland and Labrador’s first Organic Waste Management conference being organized by the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) on September 26th and 27th in St. John’s.
“Organic waste management has been identified as an area of business opportunity by both firms operating within the environmental sector and third-party consultants,” said Ted Lomond, Executive Director of NEIA. “There are really two types of opportunities. Firstly, firms can reduce their operating costs and increase their competitiveness through waste reduction and leaner production. Secondly, the organic waste produced by many businesses and organizations has significant economic value. It can be a stand-alone product that provides a return to the business.”
Earth Bound aims to broker relationships between waste generators, both public and private, and waste managers in the province. The two-day conference invites businesses, organic waste producers and managers, municipalities, provincial government departments, and environmental organizations to participate in industry-lead educational and technical sessions and an equipment and technology exhibition. Collaboratively, conference participants will explore economic development opportunities aimed at harvesting the full value of organics from both existing and new waste supply streams.
“The MMSB’s role in creating awareness and facilitating the development of partnerships within and across the sector compliments NEIA’s efforts to advance innovation and productivity within the environmental sector,” said Lomond. “To that end, NEIA will be participating in the conference by facilitating panel discussions and working to identify and broker possible waste stream relationships.”
“We are encouraging businesses and organizations across all sectors to consider their role in the organic waste stream, and to learn how they can benefit from entering new value chains.”
More information on Earth Bound can be found at the conference’s website at earthbound2013.com.