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Sign up for our new webinar series to learn how changes in international regulations around plastic waste has created challenges and opportunities for Canadian municipalities of all sizes to lower contamination rates in their recyclable materials, improve recycling systems and the quality of recyclables. 

In these five sessions, you will: 

  • Learn how Canadian municipalities are adapting to new recycled materials requirements through partnerships, recycling programs and more 
  • Discover how communities are improving their recycling system and processes through education initiatives, innovative technologies and principles of circular economy 
  • Be able to apply lessons learned and best practices from municipalities who have effectively managed their plastic waste 

You are encouraged to attend the session of interest. 

The webinar recordings will be available on FCM's YouTube channel a few weeks after the sessions. We will announce when they are available in the FCM Connect newsletter. Not signed up? Subscribe here

Webinar #1: A circular economy approach to plastics: A review of global case studies 

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 
Time: 1:30-2:30 PM EDT 

Presented with the National Zero Waste Council and the Smart Prosperity Institute, this webinar will explore plastics management through the lens of circular economy, examining how organisations and countries around the world have revolutionised traditional waste management to benefit their community. 


  • Stephanie Cairns, Director of Cities & Communities | Circular Economy, Smart Prosperity Institute 


  • Andrea Crump, Circular Economy Policy and Projects Officer, London Waste and Recycling Board, United Kingdom
  • Peter Skelton, Strategic Partnerships Manager, WRAP Global, United Kingdom

Webinar #2: Toward a circular economy for plastics: Canadian perspectives and approaches 

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 
Time: 1:30-2:30 PM EDT

Discover how Canadian municipalities are eliminating plastic waste in their communities by adopting a circular economy approach. You’ll also learn how you can identify solutions, opportunities and challenges in your community when taking on this challenge. This session is hosted in collaboration with the National Zero Waste Council and Smart Prosperity Institute. 


  • Christina Seidel, Co-Chair, Circular Economy Working Group, National Zero Waste Council and Executive Director, Recycling Council of Alberta 


  • Chris Lindberg, Head of the Circular Economy Unit, Plastics Initiative, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Government of Canada
  • Charlotte Ueta, Acting Manager, Waste Management Planning, Solid Waste Management Services Division, City of Toronto, ON
  • Annette Synowiec, Acting Manager, Business Operations and Change Initiatives, Solid Waste Management Services Division, City of Toronto, ON

Webinar #3: Raising recycling awareness through education initiatives

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019 
Time: 1:30-2:30 PM EDT

Learn how you can get the word out to your residents to encourage better recycling practices through programs and other education initiatives to improve your community’s recycling rates. 


  • Andrew Duffield, Director, Sustainable Development, City of Beaconsfield, QC
  • Michael Dipasquale, Supervisor, Waste Operations, Waste & Environmental Management Department, City of Markham, ON


Webinar #4: Partnering with your sorting centre: How to optimize plastic waste management  

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019 
Time: 1:30-2:30 PM EDT

See how some Canadian municipalities have successfully collaborated with their local waste sorting centres, and learn how you can apply the same principles to create an efficient and beneficial partnership between your community and your sorting centre, as well lower your contamination rates. 


  • Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director, Recycling Council of Ontario 


Webinar #5: Closing the loop: From plastics to products  

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 
Time: 1:30-2:30 PM EST 

This session will focus on Canadian and foreign innovative technologies that process plastic waste ultimately fostering local and circular economy. We will also examine current trends and promising technologies from Canada and globally. 


  • Maggy Hinse, Environment Advisor, City of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC
  • Virginie Bussières, Vice-President of Communications, Marketing and Government Relations, Pyrowave



The first two sessions are hosted in collaboration with the National Zero Waste Council, the Smart Prosperity Institute, as well as FCM’s Green Municipal Fund. GMF is funded by the Government of Canada. 

National Zero Waste Council logo.   Smart Prosperity Institute logo.    Government of Canada watermark.

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