Environmental Research

Recycling Trends Analysis – City of Calgary, 2014 (808)

In May 2014, in an effort to better forecast and prepare for future tonnages and material types, and to target communication and education for the program in the future, the City of Calgary commissioned CM Consulting (in association with Kelleher Environmental and Source Resource Management) to conduct research to study the factors that are influencing a downward trend in recycling. A summary of the study’s findings can be found here.

Characterization & Management of Construction, Renovation, and Demolition Waste in Canada: Foundation Document – Environment Canada, 2013-2015 (801)

Researched the current infrastructure for management of CRD waste in Canada and best practices and technologies to increase its diversion.  This work supports efforts by Environment Canada and other interested stakeholders to improve knowledge of Substances of Interest in CRD waste relating to the Chemical Management Plan.

Zero Waste Business Case Study – BC Ministry of Environment, 2013 (798)

Kelleher Environmental was a sub-consultant to Innes Hood Consulting on a study to quantify the economic impacts of high diversion scenarios for the province of British Columbia, including projections of future recycling quantities and commodity values.

Current Infrastructure for Management of PCB Wastes in Canada – Environment Canada, 2013 (785)

Interviewed all players in the supply chain who manage PCB wastes in Canada and documented the findings in a research report.

Economic and Environmental Impacts of BC’s Zero Waste Strategy – BC Ministry of Environment, 2013 (784)

Kelleher Environmental was a sub-consultant to Innes Hood Consulting on a study to quantify the economic and environmental impacts of high diversion scenarios for the province of British Columbia, Canada. The study concluded that diversion of organic wastes from residential and IC&I sources resulted in the most significant economic and environmental benefits to the province.

Mixed Waste Processing Assessment – Confidential Client, 2012 (777)

Assessment of C&D and IC&I waste composition, markets for commodities (wood, paper, metals, OCC, plastics) and technologies which could recover valuable commodities from mixed compacted and un-compacted IC&I waste loads prior to landfilling.

Plastics Waste Denominator Study for Canada – Canadian Plastics Industry Association, 2012 (765)

Kelleher Environmental used available in-house waste composition data and results from waste audits to estimate the amount of packaging and non-packaging waste produced in Canada by province.

Laminated Paper Research – Stewardship Ontario, 2011 (757)

Carried out research to identify current practices with respect to the recycling of paper laminates (predominantly hot drink cups, ice cream containers, aseptic containers and spiral wound containers) in Ontario MRFs processing residential as well as IC&I materials. Identified bales into which different paper laminates are typically placed, and end markets (Canada, US, overseas) where paper laminates are sold, and end products produced. The project was followed by a consultation process with packaging stewards in April 2011.

Future Blue Bin Study – City of Toronto, 2010 (752)

The Toronto Future Blue Box Study was initiated in summer, 2010 to identify how future lifestyle changes and packaging format changes might change the amount and composition of materials in the Blue Box over time. The study was carried out by Kelleher Environmental in association with Robins Environmental and Love Environment, in three separate reports addressing: Literature Review on Lifestyle Trends and Packaging Format Changes; Packaging Audit Results and Future Blue Box Composition Scenarios. The project identified the profound changes which will occur in the composition of Blue Box materials over the next ten years as a result of a number of packaging and lifestyle changes in the Toronto population. These include reduced newspaper hard copy readership in favour of electronic media, smaller household size, aging demographics, packaging format changes, increased on-line shopping and an increased focus on convenience and intelligent packaging. These trends will over time increase the amount of plastic and decrease the amount of paper fibres in the Blue Box, resulting in significant changes to the economics of collection and processing of source separated recyclables. The estimates were used to develop the 2011 City of Toronto Business Plan and project costs to 2015 and 2020.

Recycling Room Pilot Project, Monitoring and Evaluation – Toronto Community Housing Corporation, 2012 (750)

With funding from the Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF), TCHC installed recycling rooms in 21 multi-family buildings in Toronto. Kelleher Environmental carried out a 1-year monitoring program at all buildings to measure the impacts of the recycling rooms on recycling behaviour and garbage quantities set out for collection. Workshops were held with building superintendents to obtain feedback on the recycling rooms.