We would like to thank all of our wonderful Sponsors and Delegates who made Zero Waste Canada’s first International Conference in conjunction with ZWIA a huge success!


The team at Zero Waste Canada and Zero Waste International Alliance would like to thank all our sponsors who’ve committed to making the Oct 2-4 ZWIA Conference and Dialogue in Nanaimo BC a success.
It is their contributions that help make authentic Zero Waste solutions accessible at #ZWIA14!

A special thank you to the following sponsors:

Major Sponsors


Buckerfield’s has a long established reputation for quality in the home & garden, animal feed and farm markets of British Columbia. Branded and private label products for pet owners, gardeners and hobby farmers are sold by the Buckerfield’s chain of retail stores throughout Southern British Columbia and Vancouver Island.



City of Nanaimo


Presenting Sponsors

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At Vancity, our vision is to redefine wealth in a way that furthers the financial, social and environmental well-being of our members and their communities.


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Coastal Craft
Luxury aluminium yachts hand-crafted in British Columbia offering the highest level of technology, innovation and attention to detail.coastalcraft.com
Facebook – Coastal Craft
Twitter – @CoastalCraft
Urban Ore
Urban Ore’s purpose was set in the 1990s by founder Dan Knapp and Board members Mary Lou Van Deventer and Michael Casady. That purpose, To End The Age of Waste, is now printed on every receipt that Urban Ore writes for its thousands of customers to carry home with them. The board’s intention was to set a high performance standard and lofty goal to carry the company into the future.urbanore.com
Twitter – @urbanore

First Alert This stewardship plan has been developed by First Alert Canada for a Zero Waste program for smoke, carbon monoxide alarms and/or combination alarms sold in British Columbia and throughout Canada through retail and/or electrical wholesaler channels.


Supporting Sponsors

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Cascades Recovery Inc.

Cascades Recovery Inc. is in the business of managing discarded recyclable materials. We handle over 1.56 million tons of recyclable materials annually, processing the material at our 21 material recovery facilities located across Canada and the US. As one of Canada’s largest collector, processor and marketer of recyclable materials, we have been providing recycling services to the Commercial, Industrial, Graphics and Municipal sectors for over 33 years. We assist our customers in achieving their sustainability goals while delivering cost effective material recovery methods.


New West Gypsum Recycling
As a business, our primary imperative is the reutilization of materials. The bottom line is we care about the environment and want to do our part to help make responsible decisions to positively affect where we live. We are relentless in our efforts to educate the public and private sectors about gypsum recycling. Today, we have capacity to recycle almost 1 million tonnes per year – and we challenge ourselves to grow that number. We will continue to invest in technology to gain process and quality efficiencies as well as cost reductions.
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Harvest Power
At Harvest, we create a more sustainable future by helping communities better manage and beneficially re-use their organic waste.



Level Ground Trading Co.

Our mission is to trade fairly and directly with small-scale producers in developing countries, offering our customers ethical choices.


California Resource Recovery Association

The California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA, founded 1974) is California’s statewide recycling association.  It is the oldest and one of the largest non-profit recycling organizations in the United States.  A 501(C)3 organization, CRRA is dedicated to achieving environmental sustainability in and beyond California through Zero Waste strategies including product stewardship, waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting.  CRRA provides its members with resources to advance local, regional and state wide waste reduction efforts which result in critical environmental and climate protection outcomes.  CRRA’s members represent all aspects of California’s reduce-reuse-recycle-compost economy.


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Grass Roots Recycling Network
GRRN has a vision of the world where waste is not waste – it is a resource. We are the voice of all those who recycle and want to waste less and do more. GRRN is the leading voice calling for Zero Waste (ZW) in the United States by promoting the message that we must go “beyond recycling” and go upstream to the headwaters of the waste stream which is the industrial designer’s desk. ZW means not only 100% recovery of society’s discards, but also a redesign of the products and packaging of our lives such that everything produced for our consumer economy is non-toxic and designed to be recovered for re-use, recycling or composting.Website
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Energy Solutions for Vancouver Island
The Purposes of the Society are:
a) To pursue and promote solutions for meeting Vancouver Island’s energy needs in socially and environmentally responsible ways so as to facilitate economic and social development.
b) To support and promote energy conservation efforts on Vancouver Island.www.esvi.ca
Fraser Valley Regional District
In the FVRD, responsible waste management is a shared concern and a shared responsibility. Most of our six member municipalities (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and Kent) provide waste management services to their residents, while the FVRD offers a number of garbage and recycling services to its electoral area residents.Although our region provides waste management services and programs, our goal is to reduce the amount of garbage that is generated and landfilled. This goal and the strategies to accomplish it are outlined in theFVRD’s Solid Waste Management Plan; a ten year plan which guides the region’s solid waste management practices. We are currently updating this plan to reflect how the region will manage an increasing waste problem driven by an increasing population.fvrd.bc.ca
Twitter – @FVRD1
Green Mountain Technologies
Green Mountain Technologies provides innovative commercial-duty composting solutions for a wide variety of clients. From educational and institutional customers composting their own food waste to large municipalities and waste haulers processing thousands of tons of material per year, GMT has a system to meet your needs.


Northern California Recycling Association
NCRA is a non-profit trade organization of recycling businesses, community groups, municipalities and individuals. We promote waste reduction, reuse, salvaging, recycling and composting as vital tools for resource and energy conservation and as cost-effective, environmentally sound methods of disposing of discarded materials. Founded in 1978, we have 175+ members, the majority of whom are located in Northern California.ncrarecycles.org
Shore Energy Solutions
Shore Energy Solutions provides efficient, cost-effective, year-round solar space and water heating for homes and businesses, backed up with  a decade of experience in how to improve comfort and reduce energy costs.


Institute for Local Self-Reliance
ILSR’s Waste to Wealth program helps communities across the USA create policies and practices that address citizens’ environmental concerns and economic needs. We help citizens fight the incinerators and landfills that pollute their air and water, and drive property prices down.  We help communities research and demonstrate recycling, composting, and zero waste programs that reduce the need for disposal facilities and increase economic growth.

Recognition Sponsors

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Solid Waste & Recycling Magazine

Canada’s trade magazine on municipal and commercial waste collection, hauling, processing and disposal.



Great Bear Design and Imaging
Great Bear Web Design will position your business for success on the web.
With Great Web Site Design, Marketing and Search Engine Ranking (SEO) your Web Site will be the most powerful way to support, market and sell your products and services.
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Watershed Sentinel
Watershed Sentinel is western Canada’s award-winning environmental news magazine, independently publishing environmental journalism since 1990.



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Plastic Bank
The Plastic Bank is a social enterprise turning plastic waste into a currency that can be exchanged to help lift people out of poverty. We provide a social impact in areas with high amounts of poverty and plastic pollution by setting up exchange and recycling centers.



Bag To Earth
The leading Canadian manufacturer of 100% paper organic waste bags.
Our bags live up to their name by breaking down and completely disappearing into the earth, helping food scraps and yard waste to do the same. During their short time on this earth, our bags make it easy for households to participate in the right organic waste cycle by effectively diverting organic food and yard waste from the landfill to composting sites.



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Sea to Sky Outdoor School
Sea to Sky Outdoor School provides educational programs of the highest quality tailored to the individual needs of elementary and high school groups and the collective need of society to shift to a sustainable path.


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Nanaimo Recycling Exchange


A special thank you to those individuals, organizations and businesses who’ve contributed their time and effort into the preparation.
Level Ground Trading
Abbe & Associates
Gary Liss & Associates
Richard Anthony Associates
Eco-Cycle International
Tandoori Junction 10% off Food orders on Thurs Oct 2nd for delegates
Firehouse Grill 10% off Food orders on Thurs Oct 2nd for delegates
Does your organization want to sponsor #ZWIA14? Your sponsorship helps keep #ZWIA14 affordable and accessible to the widest possible audience. #ZWIA14 is organized by volunteers from the Zero Waste community and underwritten by Zero Waste Canada Ltd., a registered Not-for-Profit Corporation set up to manage the growth and development of Zero Waste nationwide.