Invited Session: Resource Management and Waste Diversion

High Diversion (HD) Mixed Waste Processing (0.5 CEU)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
15:30 – 16:00
Room 318

Moderator: René Møller Rosendal, Partner, Danish Waste Solutions ApS, Denmark

Municipalities have established key milestones to meet council-directed diversion targets. Most municipalities have developed effective recycling programs for printed paper and packaging (blue bin), source separated organics (green bin), leaf and yard waste programs, durable materials recycling efforts and various educational programs aimed at source reduction and reuse. Despite these successful programs, most municipalities have stalled short of their diversion goals or are looking for new and emerging technologies to advance existing diversion efforts. Processing of mixed solid waste (MSW) to recover materials for recycling, composting and energy recovery (anaerobic digestion, alternative fuels) is the next diversion tool being considered and offers a great opportunity to complement existing programs and “move the needle” on diversion targets that have been set. A yearlong pilot project in 2017 will process MSW originating from multi residential building and specific institutional, commercial and industrial (IC&I) locations where source separation schemes typically fail resulting in a high content of recyclables and organics in the MSW. The highly mechanized facility, the first of its kind in Canada, will recover recyclable materials, “digester ready” organics and residuals for alternative fuels testing. Learnings will include data and analysis of material composition, composition and quality of separated fractions, plus technical information.

By attending the presentation, participants will have a better understanding of options to process mixed solid waste to recover materials for recycling, composting and energy recovery (anaerobic digestion, alternative fuels).


Jake Westerhof, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Canada Fibers/Urban Resource Group, Canada

Jake Westerhof

Jake Westerhof has almost 30 years of unique public and private sector experience in waste/materials management focusing exclusively on recycling strategies. During his more than 20 years at Canada Fibers/Urban Resource Group, Mr. Westerhof has held leadership roles in both sales and operations. Currently the vice president, corporate strategy, he is leading the geographic material recycling facility expansion and the development of mixed solid waste processing. His area of specialization includes MRF systems design and operations, having successfully directed the development of several facilities during the past 10 years. Mr. Westerhof also has extensive knowledge in the recycling of recovered materials and has been a leading voice in materials recycling policy issues throughout his career. Mr. Westerhof is a member of the Ontario Waste Management Association Board of Directors, where he has served since 2012. He has spoken at many industry events, meetings and conferences during his career and is a participant in the highly acclaimed Ontario Circular Economy Innovation Lab (CEIL) for Printed Paper and Packaging.