Waste Management Planning

Study of Extraordinary Events in Recycling – Metro Vancouver, 2016-2017 (822)

This study was commissioned based on the need to address contingencies in the event of future recycling processing or market disruptions. It assesses some of the high-level vulnerabilities of the existing Metro Vancouver recycling infrastructure, and identifies policy options that could reduce risk.

Long Term Waste Management Strategy (LTWMS) – City of Toronto, 2014-2016 (800)

As a sub-consultant to HDR, Maria Kelleher was heavily involved in research, development, and evaluation of technical, policy, and program options for increasing diversion of single-family, multi-residential, IC&I, and CRD waste as part of the City of Toronto’s 50-year strategy.

Diversion vs. Net Cost Analysis for the Ontario Blue Box System – Continuous Improvement Fund, 2014 (CIF#722)

Kelleher Environmental was commissioned by the Continuous Improvement Fund to carry out a “high level analysis” of the most cost efficient way in which to add materials and increase diversion through the Ontario Blue Box system. The impacts of changing Blue Box material composition on diversion rates and the sequence in which materials should be added to the Blue Box to increase diversion over time were also addressed.

Effects of Lifestyle Trends on MRF Quantity Projections – Region of Peel, 2012 (775)

Kelleher Environmental developed a model to estimate the quantities and composition of Blue Box material likely to collected  from Region of Peel single family, multi residential and rural households over the next 20 years taking demographics, lifestyle and packaging changes into account.

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

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

Integrated Waste Management Master Plan – Region of York, 2011-2013 (760)

As a sub-consultant to HDR, Kelleher Environmental was responsible for best practice research on multi-residential recycling; management of IC&I and CRD materials, sustainable financing of the solid waste management system, and identification of the implications of policy options such as full EPR for the 40-year plan.

GAP Process Management and GAP Verification (601, 693, 716, 758)

Maria Kelleher was originally hired as the GAP Co-ordinator by CSR to facilitate the National GAP Committee process and promote GAP (a standard method of measuring waste diversion) across Canada. Activities included developing and documenting the GAP rules in a GAP Manual, facilitating on-going meetings to address new issues, making presentations across Canada and delivering workshops to 40 municipal staff in Alberta. Waste Diversion Ontario hired Maria Kelleher in 2007, 2008 and 2010 to assist with the verification of GAP diversion measurement in the Ontario Municipal Datacall for 200 municipalities. An Ontario GAP committee was structured to address and develop standardized approaches to new and emerging issues regarding waste diversion measurement.

TCHC Options Study – Toronto Community Housing Corporation, 2010 (749)

Carried out research and prepared a discussion paper outlining options for TCHC to provide collection service for garbage, recyclables, and green bin organics to 330 high-rise buildings (58,000 multi-residential households) throughout the City of Toronto. Costs and benefits or various options were analyzed and compared.

BC Calculator – British Columbia, 2010 (747)

BC Diversion Calculation Methodology is compared to the GAP methodology. Areas where the BC diversion methodology could be changed to be more in line with methodologies used in other jurisdictions is identified. New waste management issues include the role of new technologies in diversion and also how residues factor into the diversion calculation; how “beneficial use” and reuse should be factored into diversion calculations.