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A road map to job creation in the industry of zero waste

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Feb 28th, 2010
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A report prepared by Lura Consulting for Zero Waste Simcoe lays out a road map to job creation by identifying and qualifying economic opportunities based on successful practices that have been demonstrated in other jurisdictions, and that show potential for Simcoe County.
Eleven jurisdictions that have taken zero waste approaches and that have demonstrated job creation have been reviewed and their best practices identified. Those practices identified that could be enabling factors for job creation include:
• Disposal restrictions – landfill bans or variable rate tipping fees
• Ordinances or By-Laws for mandatory participation in programs for residents and businesses
• Market development through incentives or resource recovery zones
• Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
• Research and Development
Within the context of Simcoe County, these best practices have been assessed and identified as areas where there is the most potential for waste-related job creation. These areas include:
• Organics Processing
• Construction and Demolition Recycling and Reuse, Deconstruction Services
• Reuse Retail Outlets
• Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
• Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW)
• Used Tires
• Material Transportation
Zero Waste Simcoe is an incorporated not-for-profit environmental group that is dedicated to making Simcoe County a zero waste jurisdiction, and that is working to bring the benefits of zero waste to Simcoe County.
Identifying Opportunity in the Green Economy – Waste Industry
Appendix A – Waste Related Businesses in Simcoe County

Appendix B – Definition of Designated MHSW Materials

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