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Webinar: How Cities from Bariloche, Argentina to Vancouver, Canada Are Rising to the Waste Challenge
May 26, 2023

Plastic pollution is a symptom of a bigger problem, the way the world manages all of its waste – not just plastics. With the ongoing negotiations for a global plastics treaty, it is important to remember that a truly effective agreement will also look beyond plastics. We firmly believe that in order to solve the global waste crisis, we need to look at the full value chain.

In this context, Delterra offered a webinar on how cities can take an integrated, holistic approach to designing their waste management and recycling systems for circularity, focusing on real-life examples as well as the framework that underpins Delterra’s work.

Our two panelists, Reinier van der Lely (Delterra) and Zachary Tofias (C40), have extensive on-the-ground experience working with cities. Although moving towards a circular economy requires coordinated action from stakeholders across society, Zachary and Reinier demonstrated how cities have a unique opportunity to make strides towards circularity through their waste management systems.

With reference to cities ranging from Bariloche, Argentina to Vancouver, Canada, Zachary and Reinier discussed how cities around the world can rise to the challenge and prioritize their transition from a linear to a circular economy, creating a loop where, in addition to reducing overall consumption, production materials come from what would otherwise be waste.

According to statistics provided by Reinier, up to 50% of residual waste in cities in Argentina is bio waste, consisting of food and garden bio waste. Thus, the introduction of effective food waste collection is a decisive part in improving the overall outcomes.

Both speakers emphasized the importance of working with residents. Once the residents are engaged and on board, change is possible! As Zach said “the best cities build great interaction with their residents.” Because cities are centers of consumption, they should also become centers of innovation.

To access the webinar recording, please contact us and be sure to sign up to be alerted for upcoming webinars.