We are excited to host the 2019 Collectors’ Conference on April 8 and 9, 2019 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster.

As a Recycle BC collection partner, you are vital to the integrity and success of our program. This conference is an opportunity for us to connect with one another, share best practices around recycling collection and learn about industry trends, Recycle BC operations and what’s to come in the future. The conference will be a mix of plenaries and interactive workshops. A full agenda and session descriptions can be found below.

If you plan on attending the 2019 Collectors’ Conference, please register using the form below. There is no registration fee to attend.


Monday, April 8, 2019

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Session Descriptions

The conference will be a mix of plenaries and smaller, more interactive workshop sessions. Plenaries are open to all collectors, and workshops are divided into curbside/multi-family and depot collectors. Please view the session descriptions below for more information.

  • Learn why a circular economy is essential to the ever-changing recycling industry in Canada and beyond.
  • Overview of how BC’s extended producer responsibility (EPR) program is a role model to other stewardship programs across Canada and the globe, and the importance collectors play in the program.
  • Guest speaker: Usman Valiante, Corporate Policy Group
  • Material processing and end-markets: insights into what’s happening today and what we should plan for in the future.
  • Overview of material flow and the increased importance of proper sorting.
  • Deep dive into plastic recycling: various types of plastics and how they are managed in the recycling process.
  • Discussion around contamination and how it can affect the recycling process.
  • Guest speaker: Merlin Plastics
  • Learn about recyclable and eco-friendly packaging trends in the marketplace and how companies are employing a circular economy mindset.
  • What does it mean to be compostable or biodegradable plastic? What is happening to plastics in today’s market?
  • Key findings and results from Recycle BC’s latest organics composition study: packaging in the organics stream.
  • Guest speakers: Lush Cosmetics, Packaging Consortium (PAC)
  • Contamination focus: taking a look at strategies for contamination reduction.
  • Transition planning: how collectors are planning for operational transitions such as moving away from blue bags and changing collection models.
  • Multi-family education: strategies for decreasing contamination in multi-family buildings.
  • Discussion around how to increase resident participation in the recycling program.
  • Discussion around depot collection models, including best practices and strategies to achieve efficiencies and program compliance.
  • How do we engage with and inform residents to correctly recycle at depots? How do we help them identify not-accepted materials vs. Recycle BC packaging and paper materials?
  • Different management options for ICI materials at depots, including the completion of an ICI audit.
  • Refresh on Mobile Order Management (MOM) and tracking of depot shipments.
  • How green is your recycling program? The benefits of reporting greenhouse gas emissions in our recycling network. 
  • Preparing curbside and multi-family collectors for their first year of submitting GHG operations data.
  • Guest speaker: Climate Smart
  • How green is your recycling program? The benefits of reporting greenhouse gas emissions in our recycling network.
  • Preparing depot collectors for their first year of submitting GHG operations data.
  • Guest speaker: Climate Smart
  • Learn about the latest collection technologies around Canada, including the use of electric trucks and split cart systems, and how they may be implemented one day in BC.
  • Update on other flexible plastic packaging collection and research and development project.
  • Addressing common collection and material identification challenges, including hands-on material review.
  • Guest speaker: Merlin Plastics


There is no registration fee to attend the Collectors’ Conference. Please register each person attending from your organization separately using the form below.

One-on-one meetings:
We have reserved time before the conference starts on Monday, April 8 between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. for collectors to meet one-on-one with each other or any Recycle BC team members. Please indicate if you wish to have a one-on-one meeting on the event registration form and we will be in touch to schedule the meeting. Please note that these meetings are on a first come, first served basis. There will also be time throughout the conference to speak with Recycle BC team members.

A limited number of hotel rooms have been blocked at Inn on the Quay across the street from the Anvil Centre at a discounted rate. Please reference ‘Recycle BC Collectors’ Conference’ when booking. If you have any questions, please contact Kairi Sibul at ksibul@recyclebc.ca.