About Us

Waste Watch Ottawa (WWO) is a volunteer based organization which was founded by Duncan Bury, Bill Toms, Brian Tansey and Meg Sears as a response to shared concerns about the environment and municipal waste management in Ottawa and specifically about the poor performance of the City’s waste diversion programs. The ill-considered, technically and financially flawed City supported proposal by Plasco to build an incinerator in Ottawa was instrumental in bringing Waste Watch Ottawa’s attention to the City’s lack of focus and investment in the more environmentally appropriate and effective recycling and green bin organics programs.

WWO is committed to improving the City of Ottawa’s waste management practices and
contributing to a greening of the City by supporting the development of new and improved waste diversion programs and initiatives designed to minimize the amount of waste being disposed of and avoiding the greenhouse gas impacts associated with waste generation and waste disposal.

Waste Watch Ottawa develops and presents evidence based, and informed opinions on how to improve the design and effectiveness of solid waste diversion from disposal policies and programs, and collection and processing activities, including the management of sludges and bio-solids. It carries out its mandate by undertaking research, reviewing and re-thinking economic, policy and engineering approaches and trends, both nationally and internationally, in the four “R’s” of reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink.

WWO also examines best waste diversion practices in other cities in Canada and elsewhere, and assesses and uses data and analysis carried out by organizations such as Ontario’s Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), the Ontario Municipal Benchmarking Initiative (OMBI), the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, the European Union and other agencies and organizations.

WWO engages and advocates publicly for enhanced and new waste diversion policy and
programs in Ottawa and works in partnership with other local environmental organizations such as Ecology Ottawa and the Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability (CAFES). WWO has, and will continue, to interact directly with City Council and City councillors to help ensure that decisions are made with full awareness of the waste diversion opportunities
and of best practices.

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Circular Economy diagram from Waste Free Ontario Strategy (2017)